‘Fried Green Bananas’ Fries

Don’t you just love the movie ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’? Now that is a recipe for another day, but today, I found downstairs in the local supermarket a huge bunch of very very green bananas. I wanted to buy ripe ones but they only had these. I am reminded of the ubiquitous Malaysian kids favourite go-to snack, the ‘pisang goreng’, fried bananas in batter. (Or is it goreng pisang?)  But I wasn’t too keen on frying and I thought maybe I can roast it in the oven somehow to make ‘fries’. A sort of pisang goreng but without the goreng (fry). And how about making it savoury too? To dip in chilli sauce! I was on a roll.
Warning, green unripe bananas are very difficult to cut and peel, so be careful. And the slimy liquid (or ‘getah’ we call in Malay) will stay and stain your hands and clothes and is extremely difficult to wash off. So wear gloves and be patient!


A bunch of green, unripe bananas. Remove skin and cut into fries like below.
Fine breadcrumbs, enough to coat the bananas generously.
Olive oil, enough to coat the bananas generously.
Salt and pepper.


1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
2. Coat the banana pieces with the olive oil. (Use your fingers, Jamie Oliver style! Toss! Toss!)
3. Coat the oiled pieces with breadcrumbs (More tossing!)

4. Season with salt and pepper, generously. (Toss some more!)

5. Roast in the oven until golden brown.
6. Serve hot, with chilli sauce, or ketchup. (Or any sort of dipping sauce you like.)

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