Bananas as a Vegetable


  • Makes4 servings

Dustin comes into the kitchen and catches me in the act. How dare you? he wails, indignantly. You're vegetableizing bananas! And so I was. And it was very good.


  • 4 bananas, (barely ripe)

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Peel the bananas, cut each one in half crosswise, then cut each half in half lengthwise. This will give you 4 pieces, each one with a flat side and a rounded side.

  • In a bowl or on a piece of waxed paper, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Have your little monkey, er, I mean child, roll each piece of banana in the flour mixture to coat lightly.

  • Meanwhile, pour enough vegetable oil into a large frying pan to cover the bottom evenly and place on the stove over medium heat. When a drop of water in the pan sizzles, arrange the bananas in a single layer in the hot skillet. Let cook for 2 to 4 minutes, until golden brown, then turn each piece over and allow the other side to cook until golden. Using a spatula or pancake flipper, carefully remove from the pan and put onto a warm plate. (You may have to do this in batches unless you have a huge frying pan.) Add a little oil to the pan, if necessary, between batches. Serve hot. This makes a very neat side dish with barbecued chicken.

This article was originally published on Jun 01, 1998

Weekly Newsletter

Keep up with your baby's development, get the latest parenting content and receive special offers from our partners

I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.