How to pick and fry dodo (fried plantain) easily! This is a staple in regions around the world including West African, South American, and Caribbean. Recipe by Dash of Jazz

Dodo (Fried Plantain)

Ripe plantain fried until golden brown is a West African and Caribbean staple

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine African
Keyword fried plantain, How to fry plantain, How to make dodo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5


  • 4 plantain very ripe
  • vegetable oil or another oil with a high smoke point


  1. Fill a pan or skillet about 2 inches deep with oil and heat over medium-high for about 5 minutes or so. The oil will start "moving" when it's ready.
  2. Meanwhile, skin and cut plantain into slices about 1-inch thick. I slice mine diagonally. Add a sheet of newspaper or paper towel to a plate to help drain oil from finished product.

  3. Add plantain slices to hot oil to cook. Depending on your pan size, you'll likely have to cook in batches to avoid crowding the pan (which would slow down the cooking time). Allow the slices to cook for about 5 minutes then flip. The bottoms of each slice should be golden brown, if not, flip back and cook a bit longer. Repeat on the opposite side then remove from oil and place onto paper towel-lined plate.

  4. Repeat with remaining slices until finished. Enjoy!