Boiled plantains, as easy as 1, 2, 3 and they are delicious too..

Name: Boiled plantains
Eaten in: Côte d’Ivoire
Foodie: Linda

I can already see my Ugandan friend’s face distort in a grimace! Boiled plantains! Sacrilegious! Plantains are never boiled in Uganda, only steamed! Well, people do boil them in  Côte d’Ivoire and they taste fantastic. I even heard of an Ivorian immigrant in NYC who only lived on one boiled plantain a day for 3 months, so he could save money… They really are that nutritious, healthy and satisfying! Who knows, maybe Ivorians can convert Ugandans on that one!

Boiled plantains

Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes


  • 2 plantains (ripe but still firm/yellow with no black spots)
  • 8 cups water
  • salt to taste


1. Peel the plantains and cut them in half

2. Fill a medium-sized pot with the water
3. Add the salt and the peeled plantains
4. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the plantains have lost their starchy consistency and are uniformly yellow (tip: cut off a small piece, if you notice that the flesh has two different tones, the plantain is NOT ready)


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