Trader Joe’s Tostones Fried Plantain Slices Review

Trader Joe's Tostones Fried Plantain Slices

There’s an authentic Jamaican restaurant just a few blocks from the Freezer Meal Frenzy office. On hot summer days, sometimes it’s fun to walk down there and pick up some fried plantains. But we started wondering, what if we could make these at home? Well, thanks to the Trader Joe’s Tostones Fried Plantain Slices, we can finally run this experiment.

You can bake these plantains in a conventional oven if you’d like to, but the bag also includes instructions for pan frying. We definitely think these should be pan fried, so that’s the cooking method we went with. (If you want to read the full cooking instructions straight off the back of the bag, check out the package scan at the bottom of this review.)

Trader Joe's Tostones Fried Plantain Slices

These are surprisingly starchy and doughy, and a bit drier than the Jamaican-style plantains we’re used to. In fact, these come out tasting quite a bit like fried potatoes. However, if you add just a dab of soy sauce, the sweeter, banana-y undertones begin to emerge (plantains are closely related to bananas), though that part of the flavor profile will only linger in the background; it will never overpower that starchy flavor, which is at the forefront here.

The plantains we’re used to eating are a lot sweeter than these ones, but we still enjoyed these plantains for what they were.

Of course, our preferred method of serving fried plantains is atop a bed of rice. So we cooked up a batch of InnovAsian Vegetable Fried Rice and served our plantains on top of that.

Trader Joe's Tostones Fried Plantain Slices

Each plantain slice contains 90 calories and 35 mg of sodium. This means you can definitely justify eating more than one, even if you decide to eat it with a side of rice like we did.

The Trader Joe’s Tostones Fried Plantain Slices won’t have us skipping our next trip to our favorite Jamaican restaurant, but they’re still an interesting thing to add to a dish of fried rice. We do think they need a little something extra to make them pop, however, so keep that in mind before you pick up a bag for yourself.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for these Trader Joe’s fried plantains, check out our package scan below.

Trader Joe's Tostones Fried Plantain Slices
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2 years ago

Tostones & plantains are different as plantains that you’d get the Jamaican restaurant are sweet whereas tostones which you’d find at a South American restaurant are typically salty and savory.

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