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Brown Bananas Part 2

Since yesterday’s post on brown bananas was so popular, I thought I’d share one more brown banana trick. Also because I had one last brown banana and I hadn’t yet read Kim’s comment on freezing them. Great idea, by the way. Anyhow, here you are, another post about bananas. Bananas!

Recipe for Fried Bananas

What you’ll need:
A brown banana
Cinnamon and sugar to taste

First you need to melt a lot of butter in a pan. Don’t be stingy!


You don’t have to melt your butter in the shape of a little dancing man like I did, but if you do, your fried banana will taste that much better. No pressure.

Peel your banana and slice it in half lengthwise. Lay it in the pan to fry.


Let it sizzle for a minute or so, then begin pushing it around the pan with a spatula. So it will soak up more butter. Also, maybe add a little bit more butter, because butter is delicious. Flip the banana slices frequently, so that both sides will get nice and golden. As the banana fries it will get softer, and it might break up into smaller pieces. That is a-ok.

getting golden

Mmmmm. Nice golden fried bananas. Once they seem to be very golden and hot and gooey, plate them and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. Eat ’em up and marvel at all the wonderful things you can do with over-ripe brown bananas.

sweet fried bananas

I fried up these babies last weekend, but all this talk about butter and sugar and gooey banana goodness is making me hungry! Excuse me while I go fry up anther two or twelve bananas.


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  • Anonymous

    We had these in El Salvador with black beans and sour cream and I wanted to die from the deliciousness.

    • All together? Like, a bite of fried banana with some black beans and sour cream mixed in? Wow. Imma hafta try that.

  • Alton Brown, my favorite Food Network celebrity, once took a banana, quartered it, pressed the flat sides into plain sugar and then hit the sugared side with a small blow-torch until the sugar crystalized and hardened like creme brule (sp). It looked VERY yummy.

  • Tara

    Hey, they don’t need more sugar – they make their own sugar!

    • Well, yes. Technically that’s true. But more sugar = DELICIOUS.

  • Mmm I love fried bananas. Sometimes I’ll fry ’em up and make a little banana split. 🙂 We took a cooking class a while ago where we learned how to make bananas flambe (totally not as scary as I thought it would be, and freaky good).

    And a funny anecdote about bananas in the freezer: Before we moved out of our old place, I wanted to use up whatever I could from the freezer. I thought I had three or four bananas and figured I’d make some muffins. There were, in fact, six. And they multiply, because it’s more often that I throw one in the freezer than I make muffins…such a sad tale. I should really make more muffins.

    • Fried banana split! I love it.

      I remember your bananas flambe post – I would love to try that sometime. If I ever visit Berkeley, I will totally let you cook that for me.

      Now go make some muffins! Yay muffins!