It was 11:00 at night. I had been reading for hours. I was bored. And craving cookies. But alas, no cookies to be had. Not enough butter or sugar or eggs to MAKE cookies. Translation: I was grumpy.

I did, however, have 1 egg. Some milk. Flour. A bit of sugar. Vegetable oil. And a LOT of quickly-browning bananas. So, at 11:00 at night, I made fried bananas. Translation: I was no longer grumpy.   😀

Then yesterday I had a bunch of friends over for dinner and asked them if they would like me to make some more bananas for dessert, since I had a lot of leftover batter. They were skeptical but we cooked those pesky yellow fruits up anyway, and turns out, fried bananas are now a favorite!!!

This recipe is extremely easy and if you get the oil hot enough, only takes about one minute to get all the pieces cooked. Serve hot. Powdered sugar is a nice touch, though not needed since the bananas are plenty sweet on their own.

Fried Bananas

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Eat Time: 60 seconds
  • Serves: 1 – 8, depending on how many pieces you want
  • Wok for frying (deep and narrow bottom)

4 large or 6 small bananas (the firmer the better)
1/4 C milk
2 T sugar
6 T flour
1 egg
vegetable oil (peanut works well too)

The Steps!

  1. Pour the vegetable oil in the wok and turn to high heat. Use your best guess as to how much oil to use – you want to immerse the bananas at least half way. Full is better, but that’s a lot of oil in one go…
  2. Mix the egg, sugar, flour, and milk (the longer this sits, the better, but you can use it immediately)
  3. Peel the bananas and cut them in half length-wise. Cut each half into three pieces. Dip the pieces in the batter.
  4. When the oil is hot, carefully place each piece of banana in the oil. Once brown on the bottom, use a fork to turn the bananas over and cook the other side.
  5. Place in a wire sieve or on a paper towel for a few minutes, then serve!!!

Enjoy kids! This is officially my new go-to speedy dessert. Will it be yours?