Mariquitas - Plantain Snack

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"Mariquitas are a traditional Cuban snack. Resembling what many refer to as “chips,” mariquitas are made with green plantains. They are thinly sliced then fried in hot oil and sprinkled with salt, creating an easy snack that Cubans love to enjoy while sitting or grab on the run."

Original recipe yields 4-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (313.3 g)
  • Calories 565.5
  • Total Fat - 28 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 12.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 85.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.5 g
  • Sugars - 38.6 g
  • Protein - 3.8 g
  • Calcium - 25.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 54 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.

Step 2

In batches, fry the sliced plantain until crisp and golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, remove the plantain to a paper-towel-covered plate to drain. Sprinkle with salt to desired taste.

Step 3

Keep the plate in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Step 4

It can also be served warm or cool. You can also accompany them with a side or drizzle with mojo or dipped or drizzled with the salsa provided below. Mariquitas can be stored in a resealable plastic bag for about a week.

Mariquitas Salsa

Step 5

Place the garlic, cilantro leaves, lime juice, and white vinegar in a food processor and puree until thoroughly chopped.

Step 6

Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan until hot, but not smoking. Remove pan from heat.

Step 7

Pour the pureed garlic and cilantro leaf mixture into the hot oil, whisking constantly for a minute or two.

Step 8

Serve warm. The sauce should have an intense garlic/sour flavor. Use a fresh, hot mariquita to test!

Tips & Variations

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Tags : Snacks

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