These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.
Tostones (also called patacones) are probably one of my favorite things to eat. They are a Caribbean and Latin American dish made with green plantains that are twice fried. They are cut into chunks and fried until they soften and are heated through, and then you smash them into a flat discs before frying them again until they are golden and crispy. It’s just the most addicting snack.
While the fried version is the original method, I recently started experimenting using the air fryer method and I love it. It comes out just as crispy and delicious, and the process is so much easier!
Paleo Air Fryer Tostones Recipe
Personally, I feel that using the air fryer requires you to be less “hands-on” during the entire process which makes my life easier and allows me to cook other dishes at the same time. You don’t have to worry about the oil splattering everywhere, and you only have to flip the slices once in the air fryer basket.
Less Oil, Less Mess
Anytime there’s a frying or deep frying recipe, it does require a good amount of oil. And it’s so important to use high quality oils with a high smoking point like coconut oil or avocado oil for this purpose, so they don’t oxidize and cause harm to our health. I find that I don’t deep fry often, because it can actually get quite expensive in paleo cooking because these high quality oils are higher in price.
Thankfully, you can use just a fraction of cooking oil if you have an air fryer, and these paleo air fryer tostones still turn out so flavorful and crispy. On top of that, cleanup is just SO much easier because you don’t have to wipe down your countertop and stovetop from the oil splattering everywhere!
My Favorite Dips with These Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
These tostones are delicious eaten on their own, especially with a splash of lime juice. However, if you want to spice it up even more with a yummy dip, these are some of my favorites:
- paleo mayonnaise
- creamy chimichurri sauce
- caramelized onion bacon dip
- sriracha mayo dipping sauce
- dill pickle dip
- ranch dressing
Hope you enjoy this yummy Whole30 and AIP air fryer recipe. It’s so simple and easy, but so addicting and flavorful. It’s definitely on repeat in our house!
Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)
- 2 green plantains
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
- 5 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
- Optional: Lime juice
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, and combine water and salt in a large bowl.
- Cut the ends off the plantains and make a vertical slit through the skin, so you can easily remove the peel.
- Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices.
- Toss the plantain slices with 2 tsp coconut oil.
- Cook in the air fryer in a single layer for 5 minutes.
- Immediately remove the plantains and smash each slice with the bottom of a jar or a mug while they are hot.
- Dip the flattened slices in salt water quickly and set aside.
- Brush each flattened slice generously the rest of the coconut oil (3 tsp) front and back.
- Place back in the air fryer for 5-8 minutes, gently flipping them halfway through, until they are golden and crispy.
- Sprinkle with lime juice, if using, and sea salt.
- Serve immediately alone or with your favorite dip like guacamole.
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