Pan-Fried Bananas: the sweet, buttery recipe for making crispy fried bananas

Total time: 55 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
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We love banana recipes: bananas are abundant, easy to peel, and even easier to eat (it’s like nature’s takeaways)! From banana bread to smoothies, there are an almost endless number of ways to incorporate them into your dishes. But this time, we are celebrating the fruit in its simplest form. Fried bananas are an easy dessert recipe and something you can also enjoy as a snack.

Each bite is sweet and buttery. The texture is great too. The fried bananas have crispy, caramelized edges with a creamy inside. Making it is so easy too! Soak the bananas in lime water (this prevents browning) and fry until crispy and golden. Top with caramel and voila!

Fried Banana Ingredients

Limes – use key limes or finger limes.

Green bananas – green bananas will be firmer, you can also use plantains.

Sugar – use brown sugar to make the caramel, it gives the best flavor.

How To Make Pan-Fried Bananas

Start by soaking the bananas (this prevents banana browning). Peel the bananas and add to a bowl of saltwater together with the limes. Allow standing at least 30 minutes. Slice the soaked bananas and fry in a pan with hot oil until golden brown and crispy. Allow the fried bananas to drain on a paper towel or kitchen towel.

Now make the caramel. Add the water to a [an, together with brown sugar and butter and cook until it thickens. Pour over the bananas and serve immediately.



You can make crispy banana chips in the Airfryer too! Line the Airfryer basket with parchment paper, then air fry at 325°F for 15 minutes, flipping the chips halfway.

Feel free to sprinkle the banana chips with cinnamon sugar instead of using a caramel.

Unlike most other banana recipes, where ripe bananas are preferred, you don’t want to use them in this recipe, otherwise they will become too mushy.

What To Serve With Fried Bananas

Fried bananas as a dessert with caramel and whipped cream, or as a snack with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.

Fried bananas are delicious to serve with granola and yogurt as breakfast too!

But don’t let that stop you! These are also great with ice cream, pancakes, French toast, and oatmeal.

To make it vegan, replace the butter with coconut oil or vegan butter.

How To Store Pan-Fried Bananas

Store the fried bananas in an airtight container at room temperature.

75 ml
a pinch
green bananas
6 to 7
2 tbsp
Brown sugar
200 g


Add salt to a bowl of water, cut the limes in half, and add them to the water as well.

Peel several green bananas and place them in the water, let them stand for 30 minutes.

Cut the bananas into slices.

Pour them into a pan with very hot oil until golden brown and drain them.

Add water to a hot pan, then add brown sugar and butter, mix well over low heat.

Pour the sliced fried bananas over the caramel and mix well.

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