My family loved the Green Banana Run Down recipe, which features popular Jamaican flavors like thyme, scallion, and Scotch Bonnet Pepper, all cooked in coconut milk.

This recipe is similar to my Jamaican Vegan Run Down. I also have other Jamaican recipes with coconut milk, such as Jamaican Stew Peas, Jamaican Rice And Peas, and Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

Green Banana Run Down

Recently, I came across a recipe for Samoan green banana with coconut milk, and right away I decided I wanted to make a Jamaican version.The Samoan recipe essentially involved cooking green bananas with coconut milk, onions, and salt

This green banana rundown recipe is so easy to prepare. Green bananas are sold at any ethnic food stores,  or in the produce aisle of all major supermarkets. It is important to remember that if you aren’t preparing your green bananas right away, store them in the refrigerator to prevent them from turning ripe.        

Green banana on a grey marbled background

What Is Run Down?

People across the Caribbean in Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, and Latin American countries such as Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua also enjoy Rundown, a popular Jamaican stew. Known by various names like oil down, fling me far, dip and fall back, and stew down, this dish traditionally involves cooking mackerel fish or other seafood in seasoned coconut milk until the stew reduces to a creamy savory custard. It is typically served with boiled dumplings and cooked green bananas, often for breakfast

  For Green Banana Run Down     

  1. Green Bananas   
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Onion
  4. Garlic 
  5. Ginger
  6. Spring Onions
  7. Tomato
  8. Thyme
  9. Allspice
  10.  Creole Seasoning
  11. Coconut Milk 
  12. Scotch Bonnet Pepper 
  13. Salt
Step by step green banana run down

How To Make Green Banana Run Down?

  1. Separate green bananas from the stem and wash bananas. Using a sharp knife, cut through or cut off the ends. Make a cut along the side of the banana, cutting only through the skin, not deep into the flesh. 
  2. Remove the skin along the line all the way around the banana. Discard the skin. Repeat until all the banana skins are peeled.  
  3. Bring water to boil in a large pot, add the bananas and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer until bananas are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain water and set aside.  
  4. While the bananas are boiling, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add onions, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, green onions and cook until fragrant – about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in tomatoes, thyme, allspice, Creole Seasoning, coconut milk, Scotch bonnet pepper, and salt to taste.
  6. Add green bananas and bring them to a simmer. Cover skillet and allow the run down to cook until sauce is thick about 5-8 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately. It is delicious served with Green Banana Porridge, Jamaican Steamed Cabbage, or Callaloo.       

Other Green Banana Recipes     

  1. Boiled Green Bananas
  2. Green Banana Dumplings
  3. Pickled Green Banana Salad
  4. Banana Porridge                                                    
Green banana coconut milk rundow in a large black skillet

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Green banana run down cooked in coconut milk, onion, garlic, ginger, green onion, tomatoes, thyme

Green Banana Run Down

Enjoy this Green Banana Run Down, made with green bananas cooked in coconut milk, onion, garlic, scallion, thyme, pepper, and spices until thick and creamy.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: green banana run down, Green banana rundown
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 137kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 7 medium green bananas
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole/Cajun Seasoning optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Separate green bananas from the stem and wash them. Using a sharp knife, cut through or cut off the ends. Cut the side of the banana, cutting only through the skin, not deep into the flesh.
  • Remove the skin along the line around the banana. Discard the skin. Repeat until all the banana skins are peeled.
  • Bring water to boil in a large pot, add the bananas, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer until bananas are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain water and set aside.
  • While the bananas are boiling, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add onions and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, and green onions and cook until fragrant, for about 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomatoes, thyme, allspice, Creole Seasoning, coconut milk, Scotch bonnet pepper and salt to taste.
  • Add green bananas ad and bring to a simmer. Cover skillet and allow run down to cook until sauce is thick, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Serve immediately. It is delicious served with Jamaican steamed cabbage or callaloo.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg