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Boiled Green Plantains with Pickled Red Onions

Boiled Green Plantains with Pickled Onion

Green plantains are a versatile ingredient that can be boiled, fried, baked, or roasted. They are a staple in many Caribbean dishes and can be enjoyed as a side dish or a main course. This recipe for boiled green plantains with pickled red onions is a simple and delicious way to enjoy green plantains.

The pickled red onions add a bit of sweetness and tang to the dish, and the olive oil drizzle adds a touch of richness. This dish is perfect for a weeknight meal or a potluck.

Plantains are versatile

Plantains are a true kitchen chameleon! Unlike their sweeter, dessert-ready banana cousin, plantains shine in savory dishes. Their starchy flesh transforms with cooking, becoming tender and flavorful. Green plantains can be boiled, fried into crispy chips (tostones), or mashed into savory fritters. As they ripen, their sweetness emerges, making them perfect for baking or stuffing. Plantains add substance and depth to stews, soups, and veggie bowls. From simple sides to starring roles in main courses, plantains offer endless possibilities for delicious exploration.

Boiled or steamed vegetables are the many ways to make sure that you always have a side dish with your meat, seafood, or poultry meal. Plantains are an excellent substitute for potatoes, yucca, and yam. They are tasty when fried and boiled.

Boiled Plantain with Pickled Red Onions

How to make this recipe

This recipe can be made boiled or fried. Fried green plantains are usually the method to serve with a Creole sauce, Pikliz, and onions. For this recipe, we will use pickled red onions.

Pickled Red Onion
Pickled Red Onion

A Savory Side Dish with a Kick: Boiled Green Plantains with Pickled Red Onions

This recipe features two simple components: perfectly cooked green plantains and tangy pickled red onions.

Pickled Onions:

  1. We start with the tangy topping. In a small saucepan, combine the apple cider vinegar, Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce, salt, and your chosen sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup, or sugar all work well). Bring this mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  2. While the vinegar mixture simmers, thinly slice a red onion.
  3. Once hot, carefully pour the vinegar mixture over the sliced onions in a bowl or a mason jar. Give it a stir or a quick shake to ensure all the onions are coated.
  4. Let the onions marinate for at least 30 minutes before using, allowing the flavors to meld. The pickled onions will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Boiled Plantains:

  1. While the onions marinate, peel the green plantains and cut them into 2-3 inch pieces.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the plantain pieces. You can add a pinch of salt to the water for extra flavor.
  3. Boil the plantains until they are soft, which takes about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once cooked, remove the plantains from the water and cut them into even smaller pieces for easier serving.

Serving:

  1. Plate the cooked plantains and top them generously with the pickled red onions.
  2. For a finishing touch, drizzle a little Lemon-Infused Olive Oil over the dish, adding a hint of citrus and a smooth finish.
Boiled Plantain with Pickled Red Onions

Tips:

  • You can adjust the amount of hot sauce to your taste.
  • If you don’t have Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce, you can use another type of hot sauce or even omit it altogether.
  • The pickled onions can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

This is a great recipe for a quick and easy side dish that is both healthy and delicious. I hope you enjoy it!

Boiled Plantain with Pickled Red Onions
Boiled Green Plantains with Pickled Red Onions

Plantains are a great accompaniment for salads, other types of vegetables, roasted or grilled meat, poultry, or seafood. 

Other green plantain recipe ideas

Boiled Plantain with Pickled Red Onions

Boiled Green Plantains with Pickled Red Onions

Spice up your sides! This recipe features boiled green plantains for a comforting base and tangy pickled red onions for a flavor explosion. Simple, delicious, and ready in under 30 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean Fusion
Servings 2
Calories 41 kcal

Equipment

  • Large pot for boiling water.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 -2 green plantains
  • 1 large or 2 small red onions peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweetener such as honey, agave, maple syrup, sugar
  • Lemon Infused Olive Oil or another lemon infused oil

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, stir together the apple cider vinegar, Noubess Mango Hot and Spicy Sauce, salt and your desired amount of sweetener. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a simmer.
  • Place the thinly-sliced onions in a small bowl or pint-sized cleaned mason jar. Carefully pour the hot vinegar mixture over the onions. Gently stir until combined if you’re using a bowl. If you’re using a mason jar, place the lid on top, hold the jar with a kitchen towel and give it a quick shake.
  • Let the onion slices marinate for at least 30 minutes before using it. Let the mixture cool off before refrigeration. Store up to 2 weeks.
  • While you are waiting for the pickled onions to cool down a bit, prepare the plantains.
  • First, remove the skin off the plantains and cut into 2 – 3 large pieces.
  • Add water to a medium-size pot and place the plantains pieces. Season the water with salt if you want.
  • Cook the plantains until soft. Remove and slice into smaller pieces.
  • Place on plate and top with Pickled Onions.
  • Drizzle a little of Lemon Infused Olive Oil for a smooth finish.

Notes

  • You can adjust the amount of hot sauce to your taste.
  • If you don’t have Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce, you can use another type of hot sauce or even omit it altogether.
  • The pickled onions can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1169mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g

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

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Boiled Plantain with Pickled Red Onions

Originally published: April 28, 2020. The recipe has been updated to add additional content and more recipe ideas.

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