Have you ever tried Brazilian cuisine? If not, it’s time to treat your taste buds to a new experience with my Banana Frita recipe. Fried bananas are a classic dish in Brazilian cuisine and I’m excited to share this easy and delicious recipe that will impress your family and friends.
Banana Frita is a versatile dish made with ripe bananas that are cut in half, dipped in a flour-egg-bread crumbs mixture, and then fried to a golden brown. The touch of salt and butter makes this dish an irresistibly savory side dish or dessert.
Not only is this dish mouth-wateringly delicious, but it also celebrates the vibrant flavors of Brazil. Bananas are an essential ingredient in Brazilian cuisine, so you won’t want to miss out on this authentic recipe.
Follow my recipe and bring the flavors of Brazil into your kitchen!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you in the mood for something sweet, crispy, and savory all at once? Look no further than this delicious Brazilian dish – banana frita! With its perfect balance of flavors, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.
One of the reasons you’ll love this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients, including ripe bananas, flour, eggs, and bread crumbs. From there, it’s as simple as peeling and cutting the bananas, coating them in the flour-egg-breadcrumb mixture, and frying them up until they’re golden brown.
But what really sets this dish apart is how versatile it is. You can serve it as a side dish to your favorite meal or enjoy it on its own as a delicious snack. And if you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of ways to switch things up by experimenting with different types of dips or seasonings.
But perhaps most importantly, this dish is a classic Brazilian recipe that has been passed down through generations. Taste the flavor of Brazil in every crispy bite! So whether you’re cooking for yourself or entertaining guests, banana frita is a surefire crowd-pleaser that everyone will be talking about.
Now that we know why you’ll love this recipe, let’s take a look at what ingredients you’ll need to make these banana fritas. Don’t worry too much about your cooking skills – this recipe is easy enough for anyone to follow. You’ll only require a few basic ingredients which are easily accessible:
- 2 bananas
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
- Butter or Cooking Oil (for frying)
You might also want to add some cinnamon sugar and condensed milk for serving, although this is entirely optional. If you have a sweet tooth and want to try something new, caramelized bananas can also make a great addition to this recipe. Just add some sugar and heat the bananas in a sauté pan until they’re golden brown on both sides.
The Recipe How-To
Now, let’s move on to the exciting part – cooking Banana Frita!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 beaten egg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- A pinch of salt
- Cooking oil for frying
- Cinnamon sugar (optional)
The first step is to peel bananas and cut them in half lengthwise. Cut each half into two or three pieces, depending on the size of the banana.
Mix flour and salt in a shallow bowl or plate. Beat one egg in another shallow bowl, and put breadcrumbs in a third one.
Dip each banana slice in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Then dip each piece into the beaten egg, and finally coat them in breadcrumbs, making sure they’re fully covered.
Heat cooking oil in a skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (180°C).
Once the oil has reached the right temperature, start frying the coated bananas slices, turning them occasionally with tongs, until they’re golden brown on all sides.
Once ready, remove from the skillet and place them on paper towels to remove any excess oil.
Finally, if you want a sweeter version of Banana Frita, dust them with cinnamon sugar while still warm.
Enjoy your crispy and delicious Banana Frita!
- It’s important to use ripe bananas for this recipe; otherwise, they won’t have a sweet taste.
- You can substitute breadcrumbs with crushed cornflakes or even grated coconut for a different flavor.
- Deep-frying is not recommended as it can make the bananas too greasy.
- For an alternative version of Banana Frita called “Banana à Milanesa,” you can add a step after dipping them in breadcrumbs and dip again in the beaten egg mixture and breadcrumbs. This will give it an even crispier coating.
- Serve Banana Frita as a side dish or dessert. They’re perfect with a scoop of ice cream, drizzle of chocolate sauce, or even with condensed milk. You can also pair them with other Brazilian dishes like pão de queijo, feijão tropeiro, or churrasco from the Brazilian steakhouse.
Substitutions and Variations
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are a variety of substitutions and variations you can make to this classic Brazilian dish! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
– Coconut Fried Bananas: Instead of using regular bread crumbs for coating your bananas, try using sweetened coconut flakes. This gives your dish a tropical twist and adds a bit of sweetness to the mix.
– Chocolate Dipped Bananas: For those with a sweet tooth, why not dip your fried bananas in melted chocolate? It’s an indulgent treat that pairs perfectly with ice cream.
– Caramelized Banana Slices: If you prefer your bananas caramelized instead of fried, simply sauté sliced bananas in a pan with butter and brown sugar until golden brown. Serve as a side dish or on top of pancakes.
– Gluten-Free Option: If you need to avoid gluten, substitute the all-purpose flour in the recipe for gluten-free flour. There are plenty of options available at most grocery stores.
– Healthier Twist: For a healthier take on this beloved dish, try baking your bananas instead of frying them. Cut the bananas in half lengthwise, place them cut side up on a baking sheet, lightly coat them with cooking spray or rub them with melted butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before baking in a 400°F oven for 10-15 minutes.
No matter what variation or substitution you choose, don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own!
Serving and Pairing
What makes banana frita an amazing side dish is its versatility. This dish can be served warm or at room temperature, which means it can be prepared ahead of time for a potluck or party.
One delicious way to serve banana frita is by sprinkling cinnamon sugar on top while it’s still hot. If you want to take it up a notch, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. The caramelized bananas add a contrasting texture and warmth to the cold ice cream.
Another option is to serve it with a drizzle of condensed milk or chocolate sauce. The sweetness adds depth to the flavor profile while giving it a rich and creamy texture. It’s perfect as a dessert, but honestly, there’s nothing stopping you from making it a breakfast treat!
If you want to make it more savory, you can pair it with crispy bacon or sausage links for that salty-sweet contrast. It also goes well as a side dish for brunch with eggs and toast!
At Brazilian steakhouses, banana frita is commonly served as one of the sides alongside grilled meats such as picanha (rump cap), fraldinha (flank steak) or linguiça (Brazilian sausage). It complements the savory flavors of the meat dishes while adding a punch of sweetness and crunch on the side.
Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous with leftovers, try making banana empanadas! Take some leftover banana frita and wrap it in dough before deep-frying until golden brown. It’s like having two treats in one!
In short, banana frita is incredibly versatile and can be paired in various ways to complement sweet or savory dishes perfectly.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator or freezer. Simply cook the bananas as directed in the recipe and let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. The fried bananas will keep well in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two weeks.
When it’s time to reheat your banana frita, there are a few methods you can choose from depending on your preference. If you have time, you can reheat the fried bananas in a sauté pan over low heat with a tiny bit of butter until they’re heated through. Alternatively, you can heat the fried bananas in the microwave for 20-30 seconds on high. Be sure not to overheat them, or they may become too soft and mushy.
Please note that reheated banana fritters won’t retain their original crispy texture as when they were freshly made. However, they will still be delicious!
This recipe is perfect for meal prep or for serving as an easy side dish alongside any meal. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just looking for a quick snack, this recipe is versatile and convenient to have on hand.
Tips for Perfect Results
As a chef specializing in Brazilian and American cuisine, I have some tips for making the perfect fried bananas. Here are some things to keep in mind:
First, make sure you are using ripe bananas. Overripe bananas will be too soft and won’t hold their shape when fried. Green bananas won’t have enough sweetness and will be too starchy. Look for bananas that are yellow with a few brown spots – they should be sweet but still firm.
Second, use the right oil. You want an oil with a high smoke point, like vegetable oil or canola oil. Don’t use olive oil or butter – they will burn and smoke at high temperatures.
Third, cut the bananas evenly so they cook evenly. Cut them in half lengthwise or into rounds – whichever you prefer – but try to make each piece about the same size.
Fourth, let the bananas drain on a paper towel after frying to get rid of excess oil.
Fifth, don’t overcrowd the pan when frying. If you put too many pieces in the pan at once, they’ll lower the temperature of the oil and won’t get crispy. Fry in batches if necessary.
Sixth, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar while still hot for extra flavor.
Lastly, serve immediately for best results. Fried bananas can lose their crispness quickly as they cool down.
Follow these tips and your banana frita (fried banana) will turn out perfectly every time!
As a professional chef with experience in Brazilian and American cuisine, I understand that cooking can be challenging at times, especially if you’re new to the kitchen. That’s why I’ve put together this FAQ section for my recipe of Brazilian Banana Frita. Here, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about ingredient substitutions, storage, and frying techniques, so you can feel confident in your abilities to make this delicious recipe.
How to make crispy fried banana?
To start, take care when placing the banana pieces into the hot oil, making sure not to splash or drop them too harshly. Work in small batches to ensure an even frying. Flip the bananas over once to guarantee both sides of the fruit achieve a crispy, golden-brown exterior. After they’re done, scoop them out of the oil using a slotted spoon and let them rest on a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil.
Can I fry regular bananas instead of plantains?
While fried plantains are a common dish, not many know that fried bananas are also an option. Surprisingly delicious, bananas can be fried to perfection and enjoyed as a side dish or a hearty dessert.
How many ingredients do you need to make fried banana?
For this recipe, we’ll need two perfectly ripe bananas. Crack open one egg and gather about 100 to 150 grams of flour. Two tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of baking soda will be needed as well. Don’t forget to prepare some oil for frying too.
Why are my fried bananas mushy?
When it comes to frying bananas, the high sugar and water content can cause them to easily become soggy instead of crispy. It’s important to use greener bananas that can hold their shape and to fry them using high heat until they turn dark and crispy.
In conclusion, this banana frita recipe is definitely worth trying and adding to your repertoire of Brazilian dishes. With only a few key ingredients and simple cooking methods, you can create a side dish or dessert that is equal parts crispy, sweet and indulgent. Whether you are looking to impress guests or simply satisfy a craving for something new and exciting, this recipe has got you covered.
So why not give it a try? Experiment with different toppings and variations, or stick with the classic cinnamon sugar and caramelized bananas. The choice is yours! Regardless of how you choose to prepare it, one thing is for sure: this recipe is guaranteed to become a favorite in your household.
So don’t wait any longer, peel those bananas and fry them up à milanesa style. Your taste buds will thank you!
Banana Frita (Fried Bananas) - Brazilian Recipe
- 6 small bananas, peeled
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup fine breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
- salt, to taste
- In a mixing bowl, gently toss the bananas with egg to moisten, then lightly roll the bananas in the breadcrumbs.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
- When the foam goes away, add the bananas and fry on all sides until golden.
- Season with salt and serve hot.
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.