Tactics by Species
Big Bend Florida
Tato's Caribbean Cuisine
By Chef Tato Reyes
Many of you have
approached me to learn how to make Tostones. Here is how it is done.
Just so you know in a typical BBB, we fry over 1000 Tostones and there
has never been one left over.
Tostones are made out of Plantains. Plantains are a variety of banana
that can only be eaten when cooked. You can use them at different
levels of ripeness and the flavor will vary, I prefer the green plantain for
are planning a party, you can make them in advance; freeze them and
bag them in Zip lock bags and then give them the 2nd fry before you
first thing you do is to cut the tips on both
ends of the plantain
you soak them in hot water for a few minutes to
make the peel soft and
easy to remove.
the peel using a blunt or round point knife
cut the plantain in 3/4 of an inch pieces like seen in this picture
like to soak them in salt water for 15 minutes to season them.
next step is to deep fry them for about 15 minutes to cook them or
give them "the first fry". They need to be cooked but not
will be achieved on the "second fry". I like Peanut oil, it takes more
heat without burning.
the "first fry" I let them cool off for a few minutes and then
proceed to the next step. Do not let them cool off completely or you
won't be able to smash them. They need to be hot-warm.
is when we use the famous "tostonera" to smash the plantain as shown
in this sequence. You will develop the feel for the amount of
pressure needed to get them the correct size.
smashed, I let them cool off for a few minutes before I bag them.
If to hot, they tend to crumble in your hands, so let them cool off
and gain some firmness. It is at this point that you would do the
second fry if you wanted to serve them right away. This time will will
store them in freezer bags for a future time.
I use Zip-Lock Bags when I don't have a vacuum sealer.
They will remain fresh for over a month in your freezer.
will put them in the freezer... Oh my God!!! What is that behind the
Tostones??? They look like lobsters!!!! They may eat the Tostones,
maybe I should move them to another location within the
What a problem!!!!!
God! What is under those Tostones, it looks like a load of vacuum
sealed Mahi-Mahi fillets, I hope they don't attack the Tostones?? What
a problem, I have no more freezer space, tomorrow I will buy another
stand up freezer as a back up!
When ready to offer them to your guest or family, just open the bag
and fry them in hot oil until crispy but not burned. They will float
to the top of the oil when they are almost ready.
I hope you enjoy the recipe! Sorry about the lobsters, I could not
resist... We had a great lobstering trip to the Keys and honestly I
filled up my freezer with lobsters and Mahi-Mahi.
IF TATO CAN COOK, SO DO YOU!!!