Tostones are green plantains that have been fried until they are soft, then mashed and refried. They’re a great snack commonly served as an appetizer or accompaniment to a heavier meal. The plantains used for this recipe should be very firm and underripe. Traditionally tostones are pan-fried, but air frying them cuts down the fat and mess but still leaves them crispy. Store any leftovers for 24 hours and reheat them to 350°F in an oven until warmed.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Soaking: 20 mins
Total time: 65 ins
Servings: 20 tostones
For the dipping sauce:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
For the tostones:
- 3 medium green plantains
- 4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons neutral cooking oil (vegetable, peanut, or coconut oil)
- Coarse salt for sprinkling
- Prepare dipping sauce: Whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and garlic powder. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. You can do this up to 48 hours in advance.
- Peel and cut the plantains: Remove the ends of the green plantains with a sharp knife. Score the plantain down its back side and use the fleshy part of your thumbs to push the peel up and away from the plantain.
- Preheat your air fryer to 350°F.
- Soak the plantains: Combine 4 cups of cold water and 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Slice the plantain into 1 1/2-inch-thick chunks and soak them in water for 20 minutes. (Soaking the plantains prevents browning and keeps the air-fried plantains from drying out while cooking.
- Dry then par-fry the plantains: Remove the plantains from the water and dry each one thoroughly. Toss the plantain slices in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Make sure each plantain is coated in a thin layer of the oil.
Transfer the plantains to your air fryer’s basket. Organize in a single layer, leaving a 1/2 inch of space on all sides of the slices to allow the air to circulate properly. Fry until the plantain offers no resistance when pierced with the tip of a knife. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 minutes per side.
- Mash the plantains: Increase the air fryer’s temperature to 400°F. Carefully remove the plantain slices from the basket and smash each one in a tostonera or place your soft plantain between a piece of parchment paper (or a brown paper bag) and smash it with a coffee mug. The plantain should be a flat 1/4-inch thick disc that holds together.
- Air fry the smashed plantains: Return the smashed plantains to the air fryer basket (you may have to work in batches depending on the size of your basket).
Brush a light layer of oil onto the top side of the tostones and fry for 3 minutes on the first side. Flip the tostones and brush once more with a light layer of oil, then fry for the final time for 4 minutes instead of 3 minutes.
- Season the tostones: Immediately after removing them from the air fryer. Serve the tostones with the mayo-ketch sauce while still hot.
Source: Simply Recipes