Oil-Free Plantain Chips

Oil-Free Plantain Chips


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About this recipe: These chips are low in fat and a healthy alternative to the everyday potato crisp. Thinly sliced plaintain is tossed with salt and microwaved until crisp. They are delicious, crunchy and taste just like the store-bought variety, only without the greasiness. The beauty of making your own chips is that you can control how much salt/seasonings you wish to add.

Makes: 85 grams, depending on the size of the plantain

  • 1 medium/large plantain
  • salt or other seasoning, as required

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

  1. Peel the plantain, by first trimming the ends, then scoring along the lengths of the skin at intervals. Peel one section off at a time to reveal the plantain flesh.
  2. Once fully peeled, thinly slice (about 1mm) using either a mandolin or a very sharp knife. Try to get all the slices of the same thickness to ensure even cooking. Separate the slices in a bowl and sprinkle with a little salt.
  3. Arrange on a large, microwaveable plate in a single layer and microwave on full between 2-5 minutes (depending on how many you have on the plate and how thick the slices are - I had two batches, that took 5 minutes each). You do NOT need to turn the chips.
  4. Allow to cool on a baking rack and then enjoy!

Cook's note

Don’t be too generous with the salt, because the flavor intensifies once the plantain chips have cooked.


Plantains are related to the banana family, but they are lower in sugar content and they taste "starchy", just like potatoes. Plantain can be found in Caribbean or Indian speciality shops.

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