Plantains are a bright green vegetable that resembles a large banana, but they are prepared differently in the kitchen. You’ll love cooking with plantains once you’ve mastered peeling them; they’re delicious fried, baked, or stewed.

What’s the difference between a plantain and banana? Bananas are best eaten when ripe, with the skin readily peeled away. Plantains, on the other hand, must be cooked whether they are green or ripe. Plantains also demand a little more dexterity because they are more difficult to peel.

Check out these plantain recipes! Try Cajun Plantain Fries, Baked Plantains, and Air Fryer Plantains.

How to Peel Plantain?

1. Warm it up & cut the ends:

green plantain, cutting ends

Bring the plantain to room temperature before peeling it. If you keep your plantains in the fridge, the cool temperature can make peeling them twice as difficult. One trick is to soak the plantains for a few minutes in hot tap water to warm them up.

On a cutting board, place the plantain. Remove the plantain’s ends and discard the tips. Peeling a plantain is not the same as peeling a banana, since you will need the plantain’s ends to be cut off.

2. Slice the peel

Keep a firm grip on the plantain. Using the point of the knife, slit the peel along the length of the plantain. Only cut as deep as the peel’s thickness allows. For easier peeling, make an incision in the center of the Plantain along the perimeter. You could chop the lantain in half if you don’t need it whole.

If your plantain is green, you may need to loosen it by sliding the knife just under the peel’s edge without cutting into the flesh.

3. Remove the peel:

peeling the skin off the plantain

Using your fingers and a knife, remove the peel in strips. To aid free each section from the flesh, you may need to use the knife along the edge of each section. The skin of a green plantain will be firm, whereas the skin of a yellow plantain will be malleable.

Don’t be alarmed if a few small chunks come off with the skin; green plantains don’t peel cleanly, so a few bits of skin will likely remain adhered to the fruit. Cut these off with the knife and throw them away. The plantain banana can now be cooked.

cutting up plantain on cutting board

How to Peel Plantain By Steaming:

Cut the ends off, and then steam the plantain. Please put it in a steamer or a pot half-filled with boiling water. Allow the steamer or pot to steam for eight to ten minutes with the lid on. Using tongs, remove the plantain from the pot. It should have a slight softness to the touch.

You can boil the plantain instead of steaming it if you like. Half-fill the pot with water, making sure the plantain is well immersed.

Bring it up to a boil. Boil the plantain in boiling water for 15 minutes or until the peel begins to slip off. After the plantain has slightly cooled, you should be able to easily remove the peel.

Other Amazing Plantain Recipes

  1. Mashed Plantain
  2. Plantain Porridge
  3. Stew Plantain Dumplings
  4. Plantain Fritters
  5. Air Fryer Plantains

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