Plantain ‘Cakes’

I got this recipe idea on Friday while I was in the changing room at the gym :) The TV chef used potatoes and I thought, “This would definitely work with plantain”.

And of course… it did :)

I’ve been ill, and in bed, all day. I finally got out of bed at 5.20 to watch Deal or No Deal and to cook for my usual Sunday Recipe post :)

2 eggs
2 plantains
1 red bell pepper
Quarter of an onion
2 small tins of mackerel (fresh fish is ideal but I had none at home)
I used no seasoning because plantains are naturally sweet.

Plantain ‘Cakes’

  1. Cut the plantains into three pieces each (leaving the skin on). Add to a pot and add enough to cover the plantain halfway (max). Boil on medium to high heat for 15-20 mins.
  2. Chop the 1/4 onion into small pieces, same goes for the bell pepper.
  3. Remove plantain from pot and peel. Add the pieces to a big mixing bowl.
  4. Break an egg into the bowl, add the chopped onion and pepper. Mix contents with a wooden spoon, the result should be very thick.
  5. Take a handful of the mix and roll into a ball, then into a square/cube shape. continue till done with the mix. (I made 3 large ‘cakes’)
  6. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to a pan and fry the onions in the pan. When onions are brown, toss them out.
  7. Add the cakes to the pan and pan fry on low to medium heat. the cube shape comes in handy because you are able to turn it on all six sides. It took a total of 10 minutes to cook.
  8. Fry the egg and serve with a ‘cake’ (as seen in the pictures).

Serving suggestions: 

  • I served mine with an egg (runny, which I like and which is how the potato cakes were served on TV)
  • Serve with Quick Stew (Recipe: HERE)


  • I’m going to try baking it in the oven next time :)
  • Use vegetables of your choice, I’m going to try spinach next.
  • You can use sweet potato, butternut squash, yam, potatoes, etc.
  • I also made a butternut squash version which I rolled into small balls and oven-baked on medium heat for 15 minutes. Again, I boiled the squash before mixing with other ingredients (including chopped onions):