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Quick and Easy Jamaican Banana Fritters

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These Banana Fritters are a delicious way to use up your ripe bananas. Fried to golden perfection, they are full of flavor and perfect for any meal. 

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 Growing up in a Jamaican household has its perks. Every Saturday morning there was Beres Hammond or Bob Marley playing in the house as we cleaned and if we children were good, mom made us these delicious fritters.

Move over banana bread, you’ve got some competition. I’ve been told I have a pretty amazing banana bread recipe (took lots of trying out recipes to get that one perfect) but I can’t believe I haven’t written about these banana fritters before.

They were a huge yummy part of my childhood and I’m excited to share them with you today. They are the perfect way to use those ripe bananas before they go bad.

How to make Banana Fritters

First, grab three ripe bananas and smash them together with a fork until they are mashed and a little watery.

Then add your vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and salt to bananas. Next, add your all purpose flour. I use a sifter to add my flour. If you don’t have one, no worries, you can still make the recipe. I just find the sifter allows my flour mixture to incorporate into my mashed bananas easier. 


flour in sifter over bowl with mashed bananas

Stir with a spoon until your mixture is fully combined. Your batter should not be too thick or thin but should flow easily off a spoon. 

Pour about ¼ cup oil in a 10 inch skillet and heat it over medium-high heat. Once your oil is hot, pour the fritters in pan by the spoonful.

banana fritters cooking in oil

Once bubbles appear in the top of the fritter and the bottom is golden brown, flip the fritters and cook until the other side is brown as well. Mine take about 2 minutes per side to brown. 

banana fritters frying in oil

Remove fritters from skillet and drain on paper towel. Ya mon 🙂

banana fritters on white plate

 

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Watch this video tutorial and see how I make these fritters from start to finish.

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4.80 from 53 votes

Easy Jamaican Banana Fritters

These Banana Fritters are a delicious way to use up your ripe bananas. Fried to golden perfection, they are full of flavor and perfect for your breakfast meal.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword banana fritters
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 231kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Oil for frying.

Instructions

  • Mash bananas with fork in bowl.
  • Add brown sugar, vanilla, extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Sift in flour and stir with spoon until fully combined.
  • Add oil to a 10 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, drop banana fritter batter in oil by the spoonful. Once one side is golden and bubbles appear on the top, flip fritter and cook until the other side is browned as well.
  • Remove fritters and drain on paper towels. Enjoy 🙂

Video

Notes

  • The riper your bananas are, the sweeter your fritters will be. Modify sugar amount to your preference.
  • The fritters are not meant to be fluffy like pancakes or bread. They are to be thinner and moist.
  • If using a cast iron skillet, reduce heat to medium rather than medium high. 

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Danielle

Saturday 19th of November 2022

Didn't seem like a Jamaican fritter...it was a pancake BUT my 6 year old loved it nonetheless

Tanya

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Thanks, I'm glad your 6-year-old loved them. It shouldn't turn out like a pancake, as there aren't any rising ingredients in the batter.

Quinn

Thursday 3rd of November 2022

Loved, loved, loved this recipe, Tanya! So delicious 😋

Tanya

Saturday 5th of November 2022

Thanks Quinn! So happy you liked the recipe :)

Juja

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Absolutely delicious! Please change servings to 1 and half people. Cos my husband devoured everything and left maybe four for me before I even finished frying it.

Tanya

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

lol, Now this happens to me from time to time as well.

Matt

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

These just stuck to the pan and burned for me. Tried two different pans, including a pancake pan. Never had this issue before with pancakes etc, very frustrating. Wonder what I'mdoing wrong!?

Jaylon

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

@Matt, It’s not a pancake it’s a fritter but I suggest you try a cast iron or non stick.

Tanya

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

Hey Matt, have you tried a non-stick pan or cast iron? Those work best if you're having sticking issues.

Kaylee

Thursday 8th of September 2022

Absolutely amazing recipe! My new go 2 it tastes amazing <3