Jamaican Banana Fritters
This simple and delicious Jamaican banana fritters recipe was passed down to me from my mother who I’m almost sure got it from her mother, my grandma Ma Pum. In my own home, it is a favourite, and now I get the chance to share this special family recipe with you.
Ripe bananas are sweet, energy-boosting fruit commonly eaten as a quick snack in homes across the world.
No matter how much we enjoy bananas, sometimes a few bananas get over-ripe, and become too soft, super-sweet and not particularly pleasant to eat on it’s own. That’s the perfect time to use this delicious banana fritters recipe. Over-ripe bananas are the ideal ingredient for Jamaican Banana fritters and that’s how my recipe comes in handy.
Go ‘Bananas’ and quickly use up those over-ripe bananas to whip up a sweet yummy snack you’ll crave over and over again!
Banana fritters are tasty addictive snacks that’s a favourite among many Jamaicans. It’s a recipe that’s kid-friendly, family-friendly, budget-friendly and absolutely satisfying. For me, snacks like banana fritters are nostalgic. It brings back wonderful memories of growing up in Jamaica enjoying the best homemade meals. As a child, my mother made banana fritters for the family for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper. Looking back, banana fritters has always been my favourite comfort food. It was a sweet treat my mother would make that would lift my spirit and ‘full up’ my belly. My mother’s banana fritters were sweet and simple and I always tasted the love inside.
How to Cook Perfect Banana Fritters
Today I’ll share with you all my secret tips to teach you how to cook perfect banana fritters, every time. My recipe will help you to avoid the common problem of the batter absorbing too much oil.
Here are tips on how to make perfect Banana Fritters that are light, fluffy and tasty.
- Be careful of how much sugar you use – adjust the quantity of sugar you use based on the ripeness of your bananas. This recipe uses bananas that are ‘just ripe’. If using over-ripe bananas, use less sugar.
- Use All-Purpose flour and ensure there’s enough flour in your batter – Too little flour and too much bananas will make your fritters either; stick to your pan, absorb lots of oil, or fall apart.
- Manage the quantity of oil used – Banana fritters are best fried in shallow oil.
- Make sure your cooking oil is hot – If the oil is not hot enough for frying your fritters, your batter will soak up the oil.
- Pay attention to your fritters as they cook to prevent burning.
Now go ahead, check to ensure you have all the ingredients on hand and go give this recipe a try.
Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe
- 2 - 3 large ripe bananas
- 3 tbsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon optional
- 3 - 4 tbsp brown sugar Use less sugar if bananas are over-ripe
- 1 ½ cups flour all-purpose
- 1 cup water cool
- ½ cup cooking oil for frying
- Peel ripe bananas and place them in a medium-sized mixing bowl, then add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
- Use a metal fork to mash bananas into pebble-sized pieces, simultaneously combining all the ingredients together.
- Add the flour and fold ingredients completely before adding water.
- Stir the mixture thoroughly until ingredients are combined and your batter is smooth but still slightly lumpy.
- Heat a large frying pan then add oil.
- Heat oil on medium-high temperature for approximately 1 - 2 minutes before adding the batter. (To test if your oil is ready, sprinkle a bit of flour in the oil after 1 minute. If bubbles form around your flour, it is ready).
- Once the oil is hot, carefully spoon small dollops of batter into the pan, leaving space between each fritter.
- Maintain medium-high heat and monitor fritters closely.
- When the edges of your fritters begin to brown, flip over. Cook each side for about 2 – 3 minutes or keep flipping your fritters until golden brown on both sides.
- Remove fritters from pan unto a large plate lined with thick paper towel.
- Allow banana fritters to cool slightly to have it warm and scrumptious!
- Bless up & enjoy it.