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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


  • 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.


  • 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 🙂



  • 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. 


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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Carla Chin

Sunday 27th of August 2023

This was way too much flour for three bananas and I use a kitchen scale, a half cup was more accurate for me and my bananas were huge. Thankfully I have made these all my life so was happy I didn't add the cup to the mixture. I also sprinkle mine with powdered sugar and use less sugar in the mixture. Appreciate the recipe someone asked me for one and as you stated in one of your responses, we (Jamaicans) as a whole tend to just cook without measurements. So I will pass this one on with just 1/2 cup of flour


Monday 28th of August 2023

Thanks for the feedback Carla. Yep, eyeballing it the best way. My bananas are usually on the larger side as well.


Saturday 29th of July 2023

I found these tough. It seemed like a lot of flour when i was mixing it. I think I’ll try 1/2 cup flour next time. My mom used to make banana fritters and they were softer. I think she used less flour. Or maybe she added canned milk? I’m glad i have this recipe, though, because mom is gone now.


Monday 31st of July 2023

Hey Aisha, yes, you can adjust the flour for next time. The consistency should be how mine are in the photos/video. The kind of flour, or even brand name of flour, can have an affect on your fritters. If you find that your batter is too thick next time, you can always add a little milk or water to thin it out a little.


Saturday 18th of March 2023

Is it 231 calories per fritter?


Monday 20th of March 2023

Hi, it's per serving. We usually each eat 2-3 fritters.


Monday 27th of February 2023

Can these be done in an air fryer. I have a large cavity CUISINART air fryer / convection oven.


Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

@Pat, I do mines in AF only for a healthier choice. Just spray it with oil.


Tuesday 28th of February 2023

Hi Pat, I haven't made these in the air fryer. However, I'm sure it can be done but it won't be exactly the same. If I were to make these in the air fryer, I'dd a little more flour to make them thicker, then air fryer them on 360 for about 10-12 minutes.


Sunday 12th of February 2023

I really love this recipe. Thank you for making it easy to follow and simple.


Tuesday 14th of February 2023

Thanks Dee! So happy you like the recipe :)