Fried Bananas

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Fried bananas, or banana frita, are pan fried in butter and sugar to make a delicious dessert topping that makes its own syrup. Best served over vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

black bowl with fried bananas and vanilla ice cream

I’m going to be honest, I almost didn’t share this recipe.

The pictures just do not do it justice. I tried and tried to photograph this to show just how amazing it is, and they just all feel flat.

But I am here to tell you, as the person who devoured this sweet treat, that it tastes amazing!

So it seemed a shame to not share it. After all, some of my favorite recipes just are not very photogenic, but they’re the ones I end up making again and again.

This one is easy enough and uses common enough ingredients that it’s worth trying once just to see if you agree with me.

black bowl with fried bananas and vanilla ice cream

How to Make Fried Bananas

We first had fried bananas in Jamaica as an ice cream topping. They refer to them as banana frita there, but it’s the same concept and the same great taste.

The only thing you need to make fried bananas is:

  • bananas
  • butter
  • sugar

Bananas- Unlike most banana recipes, this one is better if you have very firm bananas. Normally you want ripe bananas for things like banana oatmeal cookies and banana bread. This is the opposite, though. Since you’re frying them over a fairly high heat, if your bananas are too ripe, they will just turn to mush. You want very ripe, very yellow bananas for this recipe so they hold their shape better and can stand up to the heat.

Butter- It doesn’t really matter if you use salted or unsalted butter, but please don’t use margarine. There are so few ingredients in this recipe, that you’ll really be able to tell if you don’t use real butter.

Sugar- You can use granulated or brown sugar for this recipe. I used granulated. If you use brown sugar, be prepared for it to caramelize more than mine did and cook a little faster. Just be sure not to use powdered sugar.

Cinnamon- This is totally optional. After your bananas are done frying and you’ve removed from the heat, you can sprinkle with a little cinnamon. I’m not a huge cinnamon fan, so I chose to leave it off.

spoon holding a fried banana and vanilla ice cream

Directions:

In a frying pan, melt butter over medium heat.

Add your sliced bananas and fry, turning occasionally so they’re completely coated in butter. Fry for about 2 minutes or so.

banana slices in a frying pan

Sprinkle sugar over the bananas and continue frying. Stir every 30 seconds or so because you don’t want the sugar to caramelize too much and turn hard. You want to keep coating the bananas in the sugar.

Fry for another couple of minutes. The bananas and sugar will start to make almost a syrup that is just delicious drizzled over your ice cream or whipped topping!

black bowl with fried bananas and vanilla ice cream

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Fried Bananas

Fried bananas, or banana frita, are pan fried in butter and sugar to make a delicious dessert topping that makes its own syrup. Best served over vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried bananas
Servings: 2
Calories: 198kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas very firm, sliced
  • 2 tsp. Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar

Instructions

  • In a frying pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add sliced bananas and fry, stirring occasionally so they're coated in butter. About 2-3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle sugar over bananas and continue frying, stirring occasionally so the sugar melts but doesn't burn. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm over vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Notes

Can sprinkle with cinnamon after removing from heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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