Pan-fried Banana with Lechera Recipe

Jessica Published April 7, 2020

This popular easy to make Mexican dessert is sure to warm your tummy and make you smile. 


Tip: If you can’t get plantains, you can always use regular bananas. You should allow the banana to ripen until the skin is black. The longer you wait to use your banana the sweeter the banana will be when pan-fried.

How To Make Pan-fried Banana with Lechera

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Cinnamon dusted, caramelized pan-fried plantains drizzled with sweetened condensed milk.
10 mins
6 mins
16 mins


  • A skillet


  • 4 large plantains
  • 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 6 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoon sugar optional


  • You will need the following ingredients to make this super simple Mexican delight that is perfect for anything from breakfast to tea!
  • To begin, slice 4 large plantains in half lengthwise. Peel the skin of the plantain.
  • Sprinkle the plantains with 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.
  • In a heated skillet, add 2 tablespoons of butter. Allow the butter to melt.
  • Place the cinnamon dusted plantains in the skillet cinnamon side down. This will give you a nice crust and flavor the butter in the pan with cinnamon.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until the plantains are golden brown. The natural sugars within the plantain will caramelize and give it a nice crunch.
  • Place 4 slices of the caramelized plantain on a plate or a dessert plate. Then drizzle with sweetened condensed milk. If you are watching your sugar intake, skip this step and dust more powdered cinnamon on your plantains instead.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with a sprig of mint. The fresh flavours in the mint will help cut through all the sweet to ensure the dish doesn’t feel too rich and heavy.
  • The most important step, dig and enjoy this divinely delectable dessert! We love to pair it with a strong, bitter cup of black coffee. Like the sprig of mint, the earthiness of a strong cup of coffee helps balance out the flavours in this dish.

Recipe Notes

If you want to create the beautiful dark golden caramelization, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the cinnamon, then sprinkle over the plantains and caramelize in a heated skillet.
While this can be achieved without the added sugar, you might not be able to get the same dark brown richness. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 1068mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 2306IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 1mg

Commonly Asked Questions

I don’t have sweetened condensed milk on hand. Is there a substitute?

You can make homemade sweetened condensed milk- you will need ½ a cup of milk powder, ½ a tablespoon of butter, and ¼ cup of powdered sugar and hot water. Add the milk powder, icing sugar and butter in an electric mixer. Add the hot water and blend until smooth. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Are plantains healthier than bananas?

Cooked plantains have more potassium than regular bananas. Also, because it has a naturally low glycemic index. It is ideal for diabetic patients. Although, you would probably need to skip on the condensed milk if you’re watching your sugar intake.


You can also bake or grill either plantains or bananas until caramelized. Whichever way cooked, this pan-fried treat is sure to be a hit with your family!



A food blogger with a strong passion for all thing delicious. Being able to take a simple ingredient and transform it into something complex and delectable brings me joy. It is my mission to show you how to do the same with the simple ingredients that you have on hand. Learn how to make restaurant-worthy meals, on a budget, and right at home!

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