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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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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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Catherine

Wednesday 28th of February 2024

So amazingly simple and absolutely delish!! Thank you ever so much for this.

Tanya

Wednesday 28th of February 2024

Thanks so much, Catherine! So happy you liked the recipe :)

Joe G

Monday 19th of February 2024

Believe your recipe is missing eggs that will hold the batter together when cooked. Unsure if flour and banana alone will do it. The Enid Donaldson (Jamaican cooking bible) uses eggs. Curious to see if your no-egg recipe will work but not willing to risk wasting ingredients.

Tanya

Tuesday 20th of February 2024

Hey Joe G. There are no eggs in this recipe and I've never had a banana fritters recipe that uses eggs. If you're still in doubt, this recipe has step-by-step photos, a full-length video of me making this recipe (see video link before the recipe card), as well as over 80 people who have made the recipe as is and have left reviews. You should try both and see which one you prefer. I'd love to hear your results.

Gemma

Tuesday 6th of February 2024

Fab recipe, they are delicious, make them often now instead of banana cake 👍 Thank you for the recipe

Tanya

Tuesday 6th of February 2024

Thanks so much, Gemma!

Cal

Sunday 28th of January 2024

These are so good! I nearly didn't make them because I was so hungry, but I'm really glad I did, they are delicious. Plus, I just had to dribble some Maple syrup on them. These are also really filling. It's nice to feel satisfied. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, it's fabulous 😍

Tanya

Monday 29th of January 2024

Thanks Cal! So happy you liked them :)

Katie

Monday 15th of January 2024

These are SO GOOD. I was tired of banana bread for ripe bananas… Reddit post I found mentioned this recipe. Thank you ☺️

Tanya

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Thanks Katie! So happy you liked the recipe.