Easy and Delicious Boiled Green Plantains with Garlic and Onion

Boiled Green Plantains with Garlic and Onion

Boiled Green Plantains cooked in a delicious and spicy sauce seasoned with Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce, spices, and Infused Extra-Virgin Lemon Olive Oil. Just the right amount of flavor.

Indulge your taste buds with our step-by-step guide to creating a mouthwatering boiled green plantains recipe that is sure to impress. In this tantalizing twist on a traditional dish, we infuse the plantains with the delectable flavors of garlic and onion, taking the taste to a whole new level. With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be able to recreate this flavorful dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Whether you’re an experienced chef or a novice in the culinary arts, our step-by-step guide will ensure that you achieve perfect results every time. The versatility of green plantains makes them a great addition to any meal. Whether you’re serving them as a side dish or using them as a base for your favorite toppings, their subtle sweetness and satisfying texture are sure to please even the most discerning palates.

So, why wait? Get ready to embark on a gastronomic adventure and discover the incredible taste of boiled green plantains with a delightful garlic and onion twist. Let’s get cooking!

This recipe is similar to my Green Banana Blaff recipe. The difference is seasoning. I used Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce for heat, fresh garlic, paprika, red onion, salt, lemon juice, and Lemon Infused Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

Boiled Green Plantains with Garlic and Onion

What are plantains

Plantains are considered vegetables but are categorized as a fruit because of their ripeness stages. Plantain is green and becomes yellow when ripe. This wonderful fruit or vegetable is very versatile. Enjoy it boiled, fried, grilled, roasted, and smashed.

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Green plantains or yellow plantains should not be confused with bananas. They are the same family but green plantains are harder to peel and cannot be eaten raw. They are starchy, much like potatoes and have a subtle earthy rooty taste. Some people may find green plantains a bit bland in taste but it is a great alternative to many grains dishes.

Boiled Green Plantains with Garlic and Onion

To prepare plantains for cooking

It can be challenging to peel green plantains as the skin is rough. Here’s how to slice your plantain before cooking:

  1. Slice off the ends.
  2. Use a sharp knife to slit the skin from tip to tip.
  3. Slice the skin along the ridges or just one ridge if you want. Only cut as deep as the peel is thick. Peel the skin along the ridge and sideways to make it easier.
  4. Place the peeled plantains in salted water to keep them from discoloring before cooking.

Notes and Tips for the green plantains recipe

  • After peeling the plantains, it is time to prepare your dish. Cut the plantains into 2 to 3 pieces and boil halfway in lightly salted water. While the plantains are cooking, prepare your sauce or blaff, as many Caribbean Islanders may call it. The word blaff is usually used for cooking fish, but it is sometimes used also for plantains because the sauce preparation is somewhat similar.
  • The spices and the red onions are cooked in olive oil. To make the sauce, I used the broth of the plantains to make it easier. The taste will be better if you use the broth.
  • For color, I chose to add Paprika. You can use tomato paste or tomato puree, but the taste will not be the same. And you cannot add too much tomato sauce or puree as well, just a small amount for color.
  • The plantains are then added to the sauce to finish cooking. Season to taste before removing the pot from the stove. Drizzle lemon-infused virgin olive Oil and decorate with parsley.
  • I recommend grilled or roasted meat, poultry, or fish to serve this lovely dish. If you are looking for a plant-based dish, this is a good alternative.
  • How long does it take to cook the plantains? It all depends on the size of the green plantains. It may take anywhere from 10 – 15 minutes. For this recipe, cook the plantains first for about 7-8 minutes before continuing with the recipe. 
  • How long can you store plantains in the refrigerator or freezer? Unfortunately, this dish is best when served immediately or on the same day. Plantain dishes, in general, do not store well. The refrigerator temperature will negatively impact the moisture of the plantain pieces. The freezer will destroy the taste and texture.
  • Can you make this dish with any types of green plantains? Yes, you can! Just remember to reduce or increase the cooking time and the seasoning.
  • Enjoy adding other vegetables or spices as you prefer.

Here’s the recipe:

Boiled Green Plantains with Garlic and Onion

Boiled Green Plantains with Garlic and Onion

Boiled Green Plantains cooked in a delicious and spicy sauce seasoned with Noubess condiments, spices, and Noubess infused oil.
4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 434 kcal


  • 3 – 4 green plantains
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce use more if preferred
  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup plantain broth or more
  • 2 – 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Infused Extra-Virgin Lemon Olive Oil for drizzle (or another brand of olive oil)
  • Chopped parsley for decoration


  • Carefully peel the plantains, and then dip into a large pot containing water and lightly salted. Before the plantains have finished cooking, remove from heat, and reserve some of the broth for the sauce. 
  • In a saucepan, add olive oil, Noubess hot and spicy mango sauce, garlic, paprika, and red onion and cook for 3 minutes while stirring under low to medium heat. Add lemon juice and gradually add the plantain broth. bring to a boil, add plantains, cover cook on low for 5 – 7 minutes until the plantains are fully cooked. Add more broth and season to taste if necessary.
  • Remove from heat and drizzle Noubess Infused Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and topped with chopped parsley.
  • Serve immediately.


  • The photo of the dish shows the spices not chopped finely because I prefer the dish this way.
  • Use green plantains. Any other type of plantains can be used but the cooking time may be slightly different.
  • How long does it take to cook the plantains? It all depends on the size of the green plantains. It may take anywhere from 10 – 15 minutes. For this recipe, cook the plantains first for about 7-8 minutes before continuing with the recipe. 


Serving: 4gramsCalories: 434kcalCarbohydrates: 105gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 15mgFiber: 8gSugar: 49g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Caribbean Cooking, Caribbean Recipes, Healthy Dish, Noubess recipes, Plant-Based recipe, side dish, vegan, Vegetable Dish
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    1. You can use other hot sauces as long as they are not full of vinegar. A thick hot sauce is recommended. A harissa sauce is a good substitute.

  1. Hello Gemma,

    I’m totally new to cooking plantain, so forgive my ignorance on a particular ingredient.

    You mentioned Plantain Broth but you didn’t mention what exactly it was or how to obtain it, (told I’m a complete novice), did you mean soup of plantain or the water left over from the boiled plantain, or a plantain gravy something like what my Gran used to keep when she cooked beef stew for her later creations?

    I am sorry for any inconvenience I’m causing you with this, and I’m going to be daring in the meantime to make it without it.


    1. Hello Jennifer. We all learn something new every day—no need to apologize. By plantain broth, I meant the cooking liquid of the plantains. I am glad that you are trying our recipes and learning different ways to cook certain ingredients. Have a wonderful time cooking! 🙂

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