Two bowls of mashed plantains

Mashed Plantains—Sweet & Savory

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This mashed plantains recipe is stupid simple, versatile, and can be made in bulk for meals throughout the week.

Even better: I’ve included both a sweet and savory option so you can use this recipe with unripe, green plantains and ripened yellow-black plantains.

Both recipe options are paleo, gluten free, and Whole30, with vegetarian and vegan substitutions.

Mashed plantains recipe

*This post was originally published 8/29/2016 and and was updated 4/3/20 with better photos and tips to make the post more useful.

Plantains have been a favorite ingredient of mine for years. Despite being born and raised in the Midwest with German-Russian heritage, I’ve quickly latched on to this African staple starch.

Want to learn more about plantains? I wrote a whole article about ‘em — what plantains are, their nutritional value, and how to cook them.

With this mashed plantains recipe, I’m going back to basics.

For both versions, the method is the same; the ingredients just differ slightly between the two.

Pair either version with a variety of meals — shredded beef or pork, grilled chicken, plantain and olive beef bowls.

How long does it take for plantains to boil?

For this recipe, you’ll boil the plantains for 7 to 10 minutes.

The boiling time depends partially on the size of your plantains and their ripeness. Green plantains, for the savory version of this recipe, tend to take a little longer to boil. You may need to stretch the boil time a little longer than 10 minutes, even!

But since you’ll also cut the plantains down into 3-4 large chunks before boiling, the cook time shouldn’t get too long.

Equipment for this recipe

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Mashed plantains recipe - sweet and savory versions

Mashed Plantains—Sweet & Savory

  • Author: Chelsea Joy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: boiled, mashed
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Need an easy way to prepare plantains? Try this simple mashed plantains recipe! There are two versions – sweet and savory – to suit your needs. Paleo, gluten free, and Whole30.



Savory Version

  • 2 large plantains
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ghee, melted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (~1 teaspoon)

Sweeter Version


  1. Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water. Slice lengthwise down the peel of each plantain and chop each plantain horizontally into 3 or 4 chunks. No need to peel it now—it’s significantly easier to peel after boiling!
  2. Add the plantain chunks to the pot and bring the water to boiling. Boil for 7 to 10 minutes, until the plantains can easily be pierced with a fork.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the plantain. Pull the peels off and discard. Put the plantain in a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients, and mash with a potato masher. Add more liquid (ghee or coconut milk) to get to your desired consistency. Easy. As. Pie.

Keywords: Mashed Plantains


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

4 thoughts to “Mashed Plantains—Sweet & Savory”

  1. Delicious and easy! I made the savory version last week and enjoyed the heck out of it. I’m making it again tonight.

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