Homemade Plantain Chips


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I am yet to come across a Nigerian who doesn’t love plantain chips, where tastes vary is usually in Ripe (Sweet) Vs Unripe plantain chips.  I personally prefer unripe plantain chips. I recently decided to start making and storing my own chips, the resulting product is so yum, I had to share.


  • 4 large green (unripe) plantains
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable, canola or groundnut oil for frying (about 3-6 cups)


  • Add oil to large pot with depth,  place on medium heat and leave to come to 375degrees ( you can always test the heat level of the oil with a small piece of plantain)
  • In the meantime, peel the plantains. Using a mandoline or very sharp knife, thinly slice the plantains (length wise or width wise).
  • Fry the plantain 8-12 strips at a time until golden. ( it is important that you do not crowd the pot with plantain , if you fry too many at a time there is potential for the chips to come out soggy )
  • Transfer the plantains to a paper towel lined bow, sprinkle with salt.
  • Repeat the last 2 steps until all the plantains are fried.

Video Recipe


Healthy Variation: Make this recipe even healthier by baking the plantain. Simply pre heat the oven to 400f. Toss plantain slices with some oil and salt. Bake for 16 minutes turning once at the 8minutes mark.

Note: Experiment with flavors like lime and chilli pepper. Simply add lime zest or powdered pepper after frying but before the chips is cooled.

  • Store plantain in an airtight container for long term use

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By |October 12th, 2012|28 Comments


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    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Sorry I cant help you, I am not a good baker.

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  5. Joan Bello June 8, 2015 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Hi I just recently stumbled upon this recipe and I was wondering if you could use ripe plantain and still have a similar result because i prefer the ripe P chips. By the way your website is a God sent beauty and it is in more ways than one phenomenal and simply exquisite.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Yes, it’s the exact same process for ripe plantain chips. Do keep in mind that ripe plantain is a lot harder to slice thinly

  6. Anaefuna Stanley March 9, 2015 at 5:28 am - Reply

    thanks for the tutorial, please how long can the chips last ? and what is the best way for preserving it?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 9, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      chips will last up to 4 weeks in an airtight container or a ziploc bag.

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  9. fab May 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot for the shared wisdom. I wish to start the production of plantain chips as a business in a large quantity, to produce and distribute to many sellers in my state. So is there special thing that I need to add to make it more delicious and again do I need to belong to agency before I start the business

  10. suzame June 6, 2013 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! As soon as I can get my hands on some plantain (which is not easy in germany xD) I’m gonna try this! Plantain chips are something I still remember and miss from my childhood in Lagos! 🙂

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      I wish I could send some plantains your way.

      • suzame June 10, 2013 at 1:19 am - Reply

        Oh thank would be so great! 🙂 But if I am lucky my mom’s item, who still lives in Nigeria will bring some for me when he visits next! 🙂

  11. Dee February 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    I have been craving this for a while!! So excited to make it soon! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Anonymous November 1, 2012 at 2:15 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this recipe as it will save me some money. Hubby buys the commercial one by the box and i have always wanted to make mine.

    Could you post pictures of both the unripe & ripe plantain please? Hope i don’t sound dumb.


    • HungryGal December 2, 2012 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Easy way to tell ripe and unripe plantains – ripe ones are yellow and sometimes with black spots as the ripen: unripe ones are always green.

      The greener they are, the more unripe they are.

      Just like bananas.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

        very well put, thanks for the addition.

  13. Pelumi October 18, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Aaah! Thank you sooo much for this!
    How come I’m just discovering this now? I sooo much prefer unripe plantain chips to the regular ones, but I never even thought of being able to do them so well at home. I usually always wait until they are a bit rupe before doind plantain chips.
    The next time I have some plantains at home, I will definitely try it out before they ripe.

    Is there a huge difference between frying and baking? Will the baked ones still be as crispy?
    Anyway,I guess I’ll just try it out asap!

  14. Cannime October 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I just ate these plantain chipsssss it was awesome guys! I have to make mine!

  15. Adhis October 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Oh wowee! These look incredibly delicious AND CRISPY! I can already imagine them crunching in my mouth. Thank you for sharing the healthier option as well. Baking doesn’t get them as cruncy though, does it?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 13, 2012 at 7:49 am - Reply

      You are welcome Adhis, baking is almost as crispy actually.

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