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Thai Fried Banana Chips Recipe

A basket of crispy Thai fried banana chips, served on banana leaves with tropical flowers around.

Thai fried banana chips recipe - crispy, golden, and super addictive! Each crispy chip is a sweet and crunchy delight, perfect for snacking, sharing, or as a unique dessert.

A basket of crispy Thai fried banana chips, served on banana leaves with tropical flowers around.

What is fried banana chips

Fried banana chips, or banana crisps, are thin slices of banana deep-fried until crisp, often coated in sugar. It's a popular snack and sometimes enjoyed as fruit dessert.

Thai banana chips

These crispy banana snacks set the standard for ultimate crunchiness.

Each slice of banana is deep-fried to golden perfection, and you can choose to sugarcoat them for even more deliciousness.

A hand picking a crispy Thai fried banana chip from a woven basket, with a lush green rice field in the background.

They're ideal for any occasion - movie night, car trip, or just a solo treat.

Enjoy these Thai banana chips as a sweet end to a meal or as a crunchy snack. They're simply irresistible!

Which bananas for deep-frying

The best bananas for deep-frying are 'klauy nam wa', a Thai banana variety. These bananas are a favorite among street food vendors in Thailand for their ideal texture when deep-fried.

Find them at Asian grocery stores or Asian markets, they're popular and commonly available.

Hand presenting a Thai banana (kluay nam wa) over a wooden cutting board.
Kluay nam wa Thai banana, perfect for frying bananas. Remember to use the unripe version.

If you're having trouble finding them, try using firm, unripe plantains.

The secret to the best fried bananas is using unripe bananas. Ripe bananas don't offer the same crispiness as green, unripe bananas.

Ingredients

For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.

Ingredients for fried banana chips: unripe Thai bananas, white sugar, lime, water, and pandan leaves.
  • Bananas - Choose unripe Thai bananas for the best results. Deep-fried bananas are perfectly crispy when sliced thin and fried to perfection.
  • Pandan leaves optional - Optional; pandan leaves infuse a subtle, aromatic flavor into the bananas.
  • Lime - Soaking bananas in a mixture of water and lime is key; it not only wards off browning during frying but also aids in releasing their natural juices
  • Sugar - The sugar will be used to sugar coat the Thai banana slices after frying them.
  • Water - Post-frying, a sprinkle of sugar on the banana slices caramelizes into a sweet glaze.

Cooking instructions

Deep-frying bananas steps

1. Begin by mixing lime juice and peels in a large bowl of water to prevent banana browning and release their natural 'juice'.

2. Peel the bananas and soak them in this mixture.

3. After soaking for 3 minutes, thinly slice the bananas.

4. Heat oil in a wok or skillet, adding pandan leaves for aroma. Fry the banana slices, adding them to the pan one by one to prevent sticking. Drain using a colander or transfer to kitchen towels.

Sugar coating steps

1. In a pan over medium heat, combine water and sugar.

2. Stir until the sugar syrup thickens.

3. Turn off the heat, adding fried banana slices to the syrup. Stir and lift them with a spatula until sugar crystals form. Let the coated chips cool before serving.

Kitchen tools

  • Heavy bottomed pan or deep fryer for frying.
  • Kitchen gloves for handling unripe bananas.
  • Paper towels for draining excess oil.
  • Sharp knife or mandolin for slicing.

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Preheat the oil before frying. Test with a single slice to ensure it's hot enough.
  • Add slices individually to prevent sticking while frying.
  • Thinly slice bananas for the best texture. A veggie slicer is a handy tool for quick, even cuts.
  • Use unripe bananas for optimal crispiness.
  • Fry until fully crisp. Under-cooked chips aren't as good. Better to over-fry slightly than not enough!
  • Wear gloves to avoid sticky hands from the banana juice while slicing.

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Time
Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 50 mins
Servings 6
Description

These Thai deep-fried bananas are the ultimate snack for any time of the day!

Ingredients
  • ±15 bananas (see notes)
  • 3.40 fluid ounces water
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pandan leaves (optional, roughly chopped)
  • 5.30 ounces white sugar
Instructions
    DEEP-FRYING BANANAS STEPS
  1. Begin by mixing lime juice and peels in a large bowl of water to prevent banana browning and release their natural ‘juice’.

  2. Peel the bananas and soak them in this mixture.

  3. After soaking for 3 minutes, thinly slice the bananas.

  4. Heat oil in a wok or skillet, adding pandan leaves for aroma. Fry the banana slices, adding them to the pan one by one to prevent sticking. Drain using a colander or transfer to kitchen towels.

  5. SUGAR COATING STEPS
  6. In a pan over medium heat, combine water and sugar.

  7. Stir until the sugar syrup thickens.

  8. Turn off the heat, adding fried banana slices to the syrup. Stir and lift them with a spatula until sugar crystals form. Let the coated chips cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 344kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10.7g17%
Total Carbohydrate 65g22%
Dietary Fiber 4.5g18%
Sugars 46g
Protein 1.93g4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Note
  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Bananas: The best bananas for deep-frying are 'klauy nam wa', a Thai banana variety. If you're having trouble finding them, try using firm, unripe plantains. It's important to use unripe bananas.
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