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Recipe: Easy Fried Banana Dessert

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You're sure to love these caramelized bananas.

You're sure to love these caramelized bananas.

Fried Banana Dessert

Bananas are one of my favorite fruits. I eat a banana about every day. Imagine my surprise last year when I found out I had a potassium deficiency—especially when my love for bananas has been a lifelong love affair. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and are used to make tons of yummy treats like bread, pie, smoothies, pudding, sundaes, etc. Many cultures have some version of a fried banana recipe.

Some banana-based desserts entail dipping the bananas into a batter and deep frying them. This recipe is much simpler, as it doesn't require preparing a batter and can be made on the stovetop in a frying pan or skillet. The finished dish can be served by itself or as a delicious topping for ice cream or pancakes.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

4 servings


  • 4 bananas, ripe
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, (approx half of 1 small lemon)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, (1 orange)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Squeeze fresh lemon and orange juices. Slice bananas lengthwise or into bite-size pieces.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Add juices, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add bananas. Cook each side for approximately 5 minutes until the bananas are tender and the sauce has become syrup.
  5. Enjoy!
Butter, lemon juice, orange juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon

Butter, lemon juice, orange juice, brown sugar, and cinnamon

Cut bananas length-wise if they are the star of the show. Slice them into pieces if they'll be used as a topping.

Cut bananas length-wise if they are the star of the show. Slice them into pieces if they'll be used as a topping.

Tips for Fried Bananas

How fresh or ripe should bananas be?

Your bananas shouldn't be green. Wait until they're ripe before frying them for this dessert dish. Your bananas should have a few faint brown spots just starting to appear. If your bananas are too ripe, get some new bananas. Bananas that are perfect for banana bread are too ripe for frying.

Can I just use lazy lemon or orange juice?

I highly suggest going that extra mile and squeezing some fresh lemon and orange juice. The acidity from these citrus fruits really adds a level of freshness and don't use imitations unless they really can't be avoided.

When is it cooked? When is it over-cooked?

Keep an eye on your bananas. Check the bottoms and flip. It doesn't take long to burn the bananas or the syrup. How do I know if I burned my dessert? The bananas and or syrup will taste bitter. Toss it and try again. Practice makes perfect.

What can I serve my fried bananas with?

These bananas taste delicious by themselves for dessert or at brunch. Since the sauce turns into a delicious caramelized syrup, the bananas and syrup make a delicious topping for other treats like vanilla or chocolate ice cream, cake, or even banana bread. You can top the bananas with a little whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Bananas Two Ways

This is my classic chocolate chip banana bread topped with fried bananas and a dusting of powdered sugar. Make the banana bread the night before, wrap in foil, and refrigerate. Slice bread the next morning and top with these easy fried bananas for breakfast or brunch that will be out of this world.