Tostones | Recipe | RTX Traveler Issue 14

Delicious crispy fried plantains with dulce de leche for dipping. Shallow dof.

Tostones, or twice-fried plantains, are Dominicans’ favorite side dish. They are slices of plantain that are fried, flattened, then fried again. You can find them on street stands and at the dinner table in the Dominican Republic. Here’s a great recipe that includes a dip if you want to serve tostones as an appetizer.


  • 2 unripe plantains
  • ½ cup of oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt, or to taste


  1. Peel the plantains and cut into 1 inch thick slices.
  2. In a deep frying pan heat the oil and fry the plantains until golden.
  3. Flatten the plantains to about ¼ inch.
  4. Fry the plantains again until golden yellow on both sides.
  5. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Serve immediately.


  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped
  • 3 or 4 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • A pinch of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Pulse all the ingredients in a blender until they are thoroughly blended but not liquefied.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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