Secret to Good Banana Fritters Recipe

Updated on January 13, 2018
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Mazlan is an engineer by profession and a lover of food. In his free time, he likes to tinker around in the kitchen.

Banana Fritters Recipe

Want to know the secret to good banana fritters? Just use the right banana variety and the right batter recipe.

Sounds simple, but it isn't easy.

3.7 stars from 65 ratings of Banana Fritters

Use the Right Banana Variety

The best banana variety for banana fritters is Pisang Raja.

It used to be easily available in the wet market but now you have to really shop around. If this is not available then use Pisang Abu. Both of these varieties are available in Southeast Asia.

If you live in Australia, you may find these varieties in the Asian grocery stores. In the UK or in the States, these varieties may not be that easily available. Your best bet is to go to a specialty grocery store or Asian grocery stores and ask for cooking bananas.

Check if they have the Burro Variety (this has a sweet and sour taste), which is similar to Pisang Nangka. Alternatively, ask for the Plantain variety. If you are in an Indian grocery store, they may have the cooking banana varieties from India. Ask for the variety with a sweet taste and suitable for frying.

For more selection of banana varieties suitable for banana fritters, check out this link: Which Banana Varieties are Suitable for Banana Fritters

The Cavendish Variety that you get at most supermarkets is best eaten fresh and not suitable for banana fritters.

Pisang raja variety that came from our garden and what I used for this banana fitter recipe.
Pisang raja variety that came from our garden and what I used for this banana fitter recipe. | Source

Use the Right Batter Recipe for a Crispy Pisang Goreng

Now comes the hardest part - using the right recipe for the batter.

When fried, the batter has to be crispy and the banana must be tender and moist on the inside. If you use Pisang Raja, the sweet flavor of this variety will have you come back for more servings.

How To Make Crispy Batter

Use Ice-Cold Water

I used ice-cold water to make the batter crispy and crunchy. Some people even leave the batter in the fridge for an hour before using. I tried this and it worked just as well. Use this method only if you can spare the time.

A friend suggested the cold sparkling mineral water or soda water for crispness. This worked just fine and the 'sparkling bubbles' will help minimize oil absorption for a less oily banana fritter.

Use Corn Starch or Corn Flour

Cornstarch or corn flour will also give a crunchy and crispy batter. (I have included corn flour in this recipe).

Maintain Correct Cooking Oil Temperature

Learn how to maintain the correct cooking oil temperature. If the cooking oil temperature dips too low you will end up with greasy banana fritters. If it is too hot the crust will get burnt before the fritter is properly cooked. Deep-fry thermometer will help.

Fry at High Temperature

Another tip is to make sure the frying oil is hot reaching the temperature of 325 °F (185 °C) before you start to deep fry. This will also minimize oil absorption, hence reducing fat and calory levels.

Use New Cooking Oil

Always use new clean cooking oil and not previously used cooking oil. When you fry banana fritters chances are there will be some left over batters. Remove them as these will burn and give out a burnt flavor to the oil.

Similar-sized Banana

Whenever possible cut them into similar-size pieces as they will then fry at a similar rate.

Do Not Fry Too Many At Any One Time

For a crispy batter, the banana fritter must be submerged and surrounded by hot cooking oil. So do not fry too many bananas at any one time. This will also reduce the chances of a soggy and greasy banana fritter.

Leave it in the Oven

If you don't intend to eat the banana fritter immediately, keep it in the oven that is heated up to 200°F. This will keep them crisp.

Will Adding Egg Yolk make the Batter Crispy?

One of the readers suggested egg yolk. I tried this with one medium sized egg but it makes the batter thicker and heavier. It does not coat the banana evenly and the batter was soggy. So I do not recommend egg yolk if you want a crispy batter.

Recipe for Banana Fritters or Pisang Goreng

There are many versions of banana fritter batter recipes. Some versions even use desiccated coconut. Our traditional Malaysian recipe uses only rice flour and a pinch of Kapur (slaked lime) to make it crunchy and crispy. As Kapur may not be easily available, I have not included this ingredient in this recipe.

For this article, I have adapted a recipe from Amy Beh, a prominent Malaysian celebrity chef. I have reduced the water slightly as I prefer a slightly thicker batter. But do not make it too thick as it will take a longer time to cook and the banana will not taste moist and juicy.


Malaysian Deep Fried Banana Fritters Recipe

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves four people
Pisang Raja that I used for this banana fritters came from our garden
Pisang Raja that I used for this banana fritters came from our garden | Source

Ingredients for Banana Fritters

  • 4-6 Ripe Bananas, Peel and slice in half
  • 1/2 cup Self raising Flour
  • 1/4 cup Corn Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Rice Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3.04 fl oz (90ml) Ice Cold Water
  • 1.5 tablespoon Cooking Oil, (to add to batter)
  • Cooking oil, (for deep frying)
Bananas to be peeled and slice in halves. Personally I like banana fritters that are serve this way.
Bananas to be peeled and slice in halves. Personally I like banana fritters that are serve this way. | Source
Place the slice banana in the batter and leave for about 5minutes before frying. This is to give time for the baking powder to do 'its thing' and gives you a crispy banana fritter
Place the slice banana in the batter and leave for about 5minutes before frying. This is to give time for the baking powder to do 'its thing' and gives you a crispy banana fritter | Source

Instructions for Banana Fritters

  1. Mix together the self-raising flour, corn flour, rice flour, and salt. Slowly add the ice-cold water and whisk until you get a smooth consistency with no lumps. Best to add water slowly and monitor the consistency, adding more water if required. The batter should not be too runny and not too thick.
  2. Peel and then slice the banana in half, lengthwise (see photo)Then add to batter. Leave it for about five minutes before frying.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan or wok
  4. When oil temperature reaches 325 °F (185 °C) deep fry the well-coated bananas until they are golden yellow. Fry about 3-4 pieces at a time. If you overload, chances are the oil temperature will drop.
  5. Place the cook banana fritters on paper towels, to absorb any excess oil, before serving.
  6. NOTE: Be careful when frying as you do not want the hot oil to splash.

Going Banana - Trivial Stuff on Banana

  • Do you know that banana plant will bear fruits only once? After that, the tree is purposeless lest you want the leaves for its other uses.

How to Serve Banana Fritters

In Malaysia, banana fritters are normally sold by street vendors and most people including myself will just buy from these vendors and eat it straight.

If you have them in restaurants or hotels, this simple, poor man's food will be given the special status with more appetizing presentations. So you will get them served with:

  • syrup or honey
  • ice-cream (only vanilla flavored. Other flavors will not be suitable)
  • caramel
  • chocolate syrup
  • dusted with icing sugar
  • dusted with cinnamon powder
  • whip cream
  • sprinkled with grated cheese

People from the southern part of Malaysia has a special way of eating these banana fritters. They have it with sweet soy sauce. It sounds odd but it does taste nice. Try it!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 banana fritter
Calories 110
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Banana Peels as Fertilizer

Do not throw away the banana peels or skins. They are great as fertilizers. Potassium and phosphorus found in bananas are essential macronutrients for plants. Roses loved them and you will be rewarded with rich colors in your roses

I usually mashed the banana peels and water the plant with this mixture. You just add a bit of water to the banana peels and blend until smooth. You can also use water that was used to clean rice, for additional nutrients.

Read my article "Tips on How to Grow Roses in Tropical Country" and the recipe for Fermented Banana Juice Fertilizer, an organic homemade fertilizer that is guaranteed to give beautiful blooms for ANY flowering plants.

Other Uses For Banana Peels

If gardening is not your cup of tea, you can want to use banana peels to smooth out those wrinkles and improve your skin texture and tone.

If you are prone to skin breakout, the banana peel can help rid of acne.

It can also reduce skin inflammation and even remove warts.

So there you go. There are many things that you can benefit from banana peels while enjoying the banana fritters.

This is Pisang Abu, another variety suitable for pisang goreng or banana fritters
This is Pisang Abu, another variety suitable for pisang goreng or banana fritters | Source

Try My Noodle Recipes

If you are in a hurry or cannot find the right ingredients to do the authentic noodle recipe, try my version that uses Instant Noodle. These easy and quick recipes are ideal if you are abroad or studying overseas and longed for Malaysian dishes:

Recipes that use instant noodles as its base ingredient are:

If you have the time, try the original Curry Mee recipe that is guaranteed to have you come back for more. For the recipe click Spicy Curry Mee Recipe.

Questions & Answers

  • When you say corn flour, do you mean corn starch? or corn flour like in Mexico?

    Corn flour is the very finely ground cornmeal, it is not the cornstarch as in the USA. Not sure about corn flour in Mexico, probably same as what we have here. Try this brand: Corn Flour by Brown & Polson

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    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      16 months ago from Malaysia

      Hey koolkit, you are right about the tumeric and if readers are wondering how much to add to the batter, I suggest about a pinch of tumeric is more than enough.

      On the sugar and condense milk dipping, yeah that's awesome and decadent :-)

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      16 months ago

      in some traditional recipe, you could also add some turmeric power to give some 'color' to the batter and a little bit of taste. and don't forget that you could eat it with a little dip in sugar or condensed milk. :D

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from Malaysia

      Nice girl, I have not tried this but you can experiment with batter meant for tempura or fish and chip. Both of these should be easily available at your place?

      Let us know of the outcome pls. Thanks.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from Malaysia

      Nice girl, glutinous rice flour has more starch, is thicker and not suitable as batter.

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      nice gurl 

      21 months ago

      can i use glutinous rice flour instead of rice flour?

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      21 months ago

      yes i have problem getting rice flour in my area. can i take away the use of rice flour in the dish?

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      21 months ago

      what type of oil would be the best to use and the healthiest?

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      21 months ago from Malaysia

      STArberry, the rice flour make the batter crispier even when the banana fritter is cold. Do you have problem getting rice flour in your area?

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      21 months ago

      Is it ok if I do not add the rice flour into the batter?

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      23 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Mei.

      Thanks. Mushy due to the over-ripe bananas? Which banana variety that you used?

      Yes, it is great on yam and sweet potatoes. By the way, sweet potato is also great if dipped in a very light & watery curry-powder paste. Try it.

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      Mei Harris 

      23 months ago

      The batter for this is so yummy. However, the bananas was too mushy. In US, maybe plantains would be a better in this. I also fried some sweet potatoes/yams using this batter. So good! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Malaysia

      Syazwani, the traditional rice flour and kapur recipe is great but this article and recipe is ideal if you don't have access to these ingredients, esp. if you are studying or live abroad (i.e. outside Malaysia)

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      2 years ago

      How did this recipe fare compared to the traditional rice flour & kapur recipe?

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      Diana Abrahamson 

      4 years ago

      Banana fritters are a favorites..making me hungry just looking at these golden delights!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi jules uren. Yup, this is delicious. You had also put grated cheese over just cooked banana fritters. Thanks jules for sharing this.

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      jules uren 

      4 years ago

      Another way to serve banana fritters is to reduce coconut cream. On stove add palm sugar. Drizzle over just cooked fritters n a side dollop of vanilla ice cream. Yummy.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Kristina4goodfood. Yes it is yummy, but greasy! All tasty foods are greasy aren't they? Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will try it out soon.

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      Kristina Braaksma 

      4 years ago from Kenosha, WI

      Thee pictures make the food look really yummy! I will be sure to print this and try it here in the States. It's been very helpful, thank you!

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for the recipe. Could use the batter for sweet potatoes too. Voted up

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Malaysia

      @ketage, I understand your frustration, but worry not as you can always try your version of goreng pisang in Croatia

      @pinkhawk, thanks for dropping by and commenting. Banana fritters for breakfast, now that sounds interesting!

      @tattuwurn, your version with strips of ripe jack fruit is a variation that I have to try. Thanks for sharing

      @khmazz, thanks for book marking this article. I hope you will share with us your success with this recipe.

      @Vacation Trip, this is a really easy recipe and also easy to make. Try it, you will like it.

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      6 years ago from India

      Great recipe. very easy to make also and looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kristen Mazzola 

      6 years ago from South Florida

      This recipe looks amazing! I booked marked it and am going to try to make it soon!! :)

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      6 years ago

      We also have a similar preparation with bananas here in the Philippines (we call them "maruya"). Sometimes we'd add strips of ripe jackfruit. We love those fritters. I haven't tried it rice flour though, this would be a really interesting addition. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      My mother usually make this for afternoon snack and sometimes in breakfast, ^_^! Yummy... Thanks for sharing! ^_^

    • ketage profile image


      6 years ago from Croatia

      I really miss the goreng pisang from Penang , made with pisang raja, sigh

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Malaysia

      suechen , I loved fried moon cake with yam. (Not tried with sweet potato yet). Will try your version with the egg white, the next time we fry banana fritter. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      I tried ur batter recipe to fry Chinese New Year sweet cake (leen guo) with sweet potato and yam. The result was perfect....i put in an egg white for added crispiness. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      6 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      It is so easyy!!! I should try it once

      Voted up Useful

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      @Kim Thanks, I am glad this recipe was of help to you and you had success with it.

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      7 years ago

      Very good recipe.. Highly recommended...!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi teaches12345, thanks for the visit. You should give them a try. I am a bit of a traditionalist and I love banana fritters on its own, otherwise with vanilla ice cream!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I don't know if we have the red banana variety here in this part of America, but I will look into this option. I have never had banana fritters but they do look very good, and having them with chocolate and cinnamon would be my favorite treat.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Thelma Alberts, yes there's a lot of similarity in our foods, amongst the ASEAN region. I am sure your country will have a lot more banana food concoctions since the Philippines is a net exporter of bananas.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! I love banana fritters! Your recipe sounds similar to the Filipino banana fritters that I use to make when I am at home. Thanks for sharing.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      iamageniuster, yes you should. Thanks for the visit.

    • iamageniuster profile image


      7 years ago

      I love making food using bananas. Great recipe. Maybe I'll try it out.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks Chris. You should give them a try. Visited your profile; my daughter just completed her degree in psychology. She may want to continue with clinical psychology.

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      Chris Achilleos 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Voted up and useful!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Snurre, thanks for dropping by. Yep, you should give it a try. Have it this Sunday, on Earth Day! Enjoy!

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      7 years ago

      What an interesting recipe! Will definitely try it one day.

      Voted and SHARED

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Then you should give it a try, Movie Master. It's really easy. The tough part for you, maybe, is finding the right banana. Don't give up. Thanks for the visit.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love banana fritters but have never made them, many thanks for the recipe!

      Voted up

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Jackie thanks for the visit. Yeap, you should give it a try.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds so good, I will have to try them! Thank you.

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi sgbrown, thanks for dropping by. It will be easier if you try the Asian or International market. I was in the Asian part (India and its subcontinent)of Chicago last December and saw a variety that could be use for banana fritters. It was from India and I forgot to ask for the name of this variety. Give it a try to let me know. The same batter can also be use to fry yam which I believe is also easily available in US. Peel the skin and slice the yam in half inch thickness, dip in batter and fry. It's very tasty.

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This sounds wonderful! I love bananas, hopefully I will be able to find the right type of bananas to try this. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Have a great day! :)

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      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Nomascus concolor, good to see you here. Yes, I have read that banana fritters are also popular in Africa. We have a few versions of banana fritters and there are similarities in these versions to those in Africa. Not sure who copied who!!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      jojokaya, thanks for the visit. I am not surprised that banana fritter was your regular afternoon snack, when you were in Malaysia. In fact it is the favourite afternoon snack of all Malaysians!

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      Nomascus concolor 

      7 years ago from A Country called Earth

      hummmm banana friters! They are very popular in some parts of Africa as well - I just love them! Voted up thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago from USA

      Banana fritters, love it. When I lived in Malaysia, its our regular afternoon snack:)

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      7 years ago from Malaysia

      dinkan53, yeah that's the problem with good tasty food, there are loaded with cholesterol..just need to go to the gym and burn the fat!!!

    • greatstuff profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi ramurray3, Thank you, I'm glad you will try this one day

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      7 years ago from New York City

      This sounds really good. I will keep this recipe in mind.

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      7 years ago from India

      It is great in taste, but enemy for the diet controllers and those have increased cholesterol levels. Thanks for the recipe.


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