Microwave Plantains

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Microwave Plantains are an easy snack or side dish that are just as healthy as they are delicious! Just heat and peel for tender plantains you’ll love.

fork holding slice of cooked plantain

Plantains In Microwave

Microwaving plantains is a quick and easy way to enjoy this tasty and sweet treat! Place the plantain (whole) on a plate and put it in the microwave. The heat helps bring out the natural sweetness of the plantains, turning them into a delicious and caramelized treat. Plus, it’s much easier to peel a plantain after it’s been cooked. They split right down the side.

whole plantain on plate

You can enjoy plantains as a snack, a side dish, or even as a sweet addition to your breakfast. Sliced plantains can be added to stews, soups, or even salads to bring a unique and flavorful twist to your meals. Microwave plantains are a simple and convenient way to satisfy your craving for something sweet without much fuss in the kitchen.

hand holding microwaved plantain

Love plantains? Us too! We can’t get enough of this healthy and sweet snack. Try these additional recipes: Pan Fried Plantains, Air Fryer Plantains, and Baked Cuban Plantain Chips Recipe (Healthy and Crispy!).

How To Make Microwave Plantains

Place a whole plantain (including peel) on a microwave-safe plate.

Heat on high for 5 minutes.

Check to see that the plantain’s skin has split and the plantain’s insides are soft. If not, close the microwave and heat for another 1-2 minutes.

plantain on plate in microwave

Once the plantain is cooked, remove the plate from the microwave. Peel the plantain and slice off the end where the stem meets the fruit.

Cut up the plantain and enjoy!

fork picking up a slice of cooked plantain

Cooking Tips

  • No need to peel these first- the plantains cook right in their skin
  • Once cooked, you can slice plantains into coins or lengthwise into strips
  • Enjoy them as is, or top with sweet ingredients like honey and cinnamon or savory like salt and pepper

plantain on a plate in the microwave

Are Microwaved Plantains Healthy?

Absolutely! Plantains, however you cook them, are full of nutrients like potassium and vitamins A, B6, and C. Plus, if you cook them in the microwave, there’s no need for any added fat or sugar, so they are perfectly healthy!

microwaved plantain with split down the side

What Is The Difference Between A Banana And A Plantain?

Plantains are part of the banana family. They have a thicker skin, higher starch content, and are larger than bananas.

slices of microwaved plantain

What To Serve With Microwave Plantains

Plantains are such a healthy and flavorful snack, they would perfect with other nibbles like Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins (Healthy, Gluten-Free, No Added Sugar!), Healthy Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles Energy Balls, or Crunchy Roasted Baked Green Peas Snack Recipe.

We love to slice them up into pieces and top our smoothies! Try some of our favorite recipes: Banana, Blueberry And Peach Breakfast Smoothie, Mixed Berry And Almond Breakfast Smoothie Recipe, or Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie.

fork holding slice of perfectly cooked microwaved plantain

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Microwave Plantains

Microwave Plantains are an easy snack or side dish that are just as healthy as they are delicious! Just heat and peel for tender plantains you'll love.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time6 minutes
Course: Dessert, Healthy, Side Dish, Snacks
Keyword: Microwave Plantains
Cooking Method: Microwave
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 218kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 plantain unpeeled

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Instructions

  • Place a whole plantain (including peel) on a microwave-safe plate.
  • Heat on high for 5 minutes.
  • Check to see that the plantain's skin has split and the plantain's insides are soft. If not, close the microwave and heat for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Once the plantain is cooked, remove the plate from the microwave. Peel the plantain and slice off the end where the stem meets the fruit.
  • Cut up the plantain and enjoy!

Notes

  • No need to peel these first- the plantains cook right in their skin
  • Once cooked, you can slice plantains into coins or lengthwise into strips
  • Enjoy them as is, or top with sweet ingredients like honey and cinnamon or savory like salt and pepper
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 872mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 2023IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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