Overhead photo of a grey bowl with plantains and a small bowl of garlic butter

Crispy Tostones

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack/Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Caribbean/Latin American


These homemade crispy tostones with garlic butter dipping sauce are the best snack or appetizer! So easy to make and so delicious! 



  • 3 Green Plantains, peeled and chopped into 1-in slices
  • Canola Oil (or choice of frying oil), enough for 1/2 inch coverage in skillet (about 2 cups, depends on skillet size)
  • Kosher Salt

Garlic Dipping Sauce

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or pressed
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt to taste


  • Prep the plantains: Cut the stems off the end and carefully slice down the skin. Using a spoon or your finger, peel the plantain from it’s skin and cut into 1-inch slices.
  • In a cast iron skillet or dutch oven, fill with frying oil about 1/2 inch (quantity will vary depending on skillet size). Heat over medium/high heat, when oil is hot and shimmering, place plantain cut side down and fry for 3-4 minutes till golden. Flip and repeat on the other flat end. Remove from oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat until all plantains have been done. Lower the heat to low.
  • Using a plate or a flat surface item, carefully press plantain until it flattens. Once you have pressed all the plantains, bring the heat back up to medium/high. Add the pressed plantains back into the oil and cook for 1 minute on each side until crisp. Remove from oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. Sprinkle kosher salt on top once on paper towel.
  • For the garlic butter sauce: Add butter and garlic ingredients to a small skillet or small pot over medium heat cook stirring for 3-4 minutes or until butter has melted and garlic is fragrant. Pour into a bowl, add parsley and kosher salt to taste.
  • Serve tostones warm with garlic butter sauce on the side


  • Plantain skin is tough, use care when cutting through the skin, but not to cut through the plantain inside. Use a spoon when peeling the plantain to help loosen the skin

Keywords: tostones, plantains