Making Jamaican Banana Fritters

Here’s a step-by-step guide with ingredients to make mouthwatering Jamaican banana fritters:


  • 4 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk or water (adjust as needed)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying (about 1/4 cup)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


  1. Mash the bananas: In a large bowl, thoroughly mash the ripe bananas using a fork or potato masher until smooth.
  2. Combine dry ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Add wet ingredients: Add the mashed bananas, milk or water, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix gently: Gently stir the batter until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. The batter should be thick and slightly lumpy.
  5. Rest the batter: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the batter rest for 15-30 minutes at room temperature.
  6. Heat the oil: In a large skillet or frying pan, heat about 1/4 inch of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  7. Fry the fritters: Drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil, spacing them apart to avoid overcrowding. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  8. Drain and cool: Transfer the cooked fritters to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil. Let them cool slightly before serving.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar (optional): If desired, dust the fritters with powdered sugar before serving.

Additional tips:

  • Use a thermometer to ensure the oil is at the correct temperature (around 350°F).
  • Adjust the amount of milk or water depending on the ripeness of your bananas.
  • Fry fritters in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  • Serve fritters warm with a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra indulgence.

Enjoy your soft, fluffy, and delicious Jamaican banana fritters!

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