AIP Tostones- A Plantain Appetizer or Side Dish

AIP Tostones

A while ago I wrote about my experiences eating out while on the AIP diet as well as one of the places I have fallen in love with the most… a little Peruvian restaurant called Mami Nora’s. Not only does this place have local, organic, chicken cooked over a wood burning rotisserie, it has a little side dish called tostones, or fried green plantains.

Tostones are a dish commonly found in South America and Puerto Rico, made by taking green plantains, breaking them into pieces, frying them, flattening them and then frying them again. They are a delicious side dish or appetizer and very easy to make AIP.

I especially love them because they are so satisfying and filling and a welcome deviation to the AIP meat and veggie rotation that can so easily become boring. I made these as an appetizer for my family when they came into town for a visit, but they are also a delicious snack if you are up to the task. I recommend pairing them with this simple AIP Guacamole recipe!


AIP Tostones (Fried Green Plantains)
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Author: Samantha McClellan
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Serves: 2-4 people
  • 2-3 Green Plantains
  • 1/4 Cup of Palm Oil or Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp of Sea Salt
  1. Peel your plantains and break them into pieces about 2-3 inches long.
  2. In a large sauce pan heat your oil on medium heat and drop in your plantain piece.
  3. Cook them until they are slightly soft and starting to become golden on all sides.
  4. Remove the plantain pieces and dry them on a towel or paper towel.
  5. Taking the bottom of a drinking glass gently press down the pieces until they are about half their original hight.
  6. Place them back in the oil and cook for another 2 minutes per side or until entirely golden.
  7. Remove and salt, serving immediately with AIP guacamole.


13 thoughts on “AIP Tostones- A Plantain Appetizer or Side Dish

    1. Samantha Post author

      Plantains have a very starchy taste like a potato so these to stones traditionally have a more savory taste. Bananas would be sweeter, but friend bananas are delicious in their own right!

    1. Samantha Post author

      I’m not sure where you are, but I can usually find them at most grocery stores. In fact, Food Lion tends to have them the cheapest.

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