Grilling a plantain

by Joanne on April 27, 2010

WORK IT! “I’m trying to work it… what’s “it”?!”

Today was cross training day. It was 60 minutes (thought cross training was suppose to be a little less exhausting?!) on the E.T.  + 25 minutes of legs using hack squat m/c, leg press m/c, extensions, curls, seated calves, walking lunges and dead lifts.   Shane and I went for a 51 minute walk (3.35 miles).  No running today.  My feet need a rest from over stress.  I don’t want to come up with toe nail trauma, more blisters and ugly calluses, “Raynaud’s Syndrome”, Neuroma, metatarsalgia, phalangeal synovitis, tendinitis, stress fractures, big toe pain, plantar fasciitis, or posterior heel pain.  Yes, those are all possible foot injuries from running. Nada one sounds very appealing to me.

Have you ever suffered a foot injury due to exercise? If so, how long did it take to recover?

 What is this big banana?  It looks a little brown.  Where’s it from?  What are you suppose to do with it?

plantain *not sure the source of this photo, a friend emailed it to me.

Here is a good write up on plantains.  One fact you won’t want to miss is that you will always  cook the plantain.  The nutrition, which I was concerned about is pretty impressive.  This “big banana” is  low in fat but high in carbohydrates so they’re a good source for fueling an aggressive workout or run.  This vegetable (since it is most commonly used as a vegetable and not a fruit) is found in the Caribbean, South America, and Hawaii.  They are rich in fiber and vitamin C as well as potassium.


Grilled Plantain under Grilled Swordfish topped with Citrus Marinade – Serves 2


   1 lb swordfish steaks – salt and peppered to taste and brush with Olive oil.
   1 large yellow with brown spots Plantain

   1/2  orange:  zest the orange and then section it.  Make sure to peel it and watch for seeds.
   1/2 lemon: zest the lemon and then section it. Peel and be aware of seeds.

1 1/2 TBS dried cranberries
   1 tsp lime juice
   1 shallot minced
    2 tsp honey   
   1/2 TBS olive oil

Preheat the grill on medium high heat.

In a bowl combine the fruit zest and 2 sections of both the peeled and seeded orange and lemon.  Mash the fruit sections in the bowl to get juice. Add lime juice, shallot, honey and olive oil.  Spread some of the citrus marinade on the fish and on the plantains. 

Chop the remaining fruit sections and add to remaining marinade.  Add the cranberries to the marinade and set aside.

Put fish on grill and add the plantain when fish is 1/2 way done on first side.  The fish will take approximately 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness.

Grill the plantain 3 minutes then turn and grill 3 more minutes.  You should have a nice “grilled look” to the vegetable.   Keep warm in the oven while waiting for the fish.


Top cooked fish and plantain with rest of the citrus marinade.   The plantain won’t have a strong taste. When cooked, the taste is more vibrant but we still enjoyed it best coupled with the marinade.


Every try plantains? Do you have a favorite way to cook them?


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    • At 2010.04.27 09:19, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

      never cooked plaintains! looks delish though 🙂
      yes be careful of you feet especially all the mileage you do-very smart 🙂

      • At 2010.04.27 16:38, Joanne said:

        I think I cooked them once before and messed them up. But you can even cook them in their skins.

        • At 2010.04.27 10:54, Dawn Hutchins said:

          I was just eyeing some plantains at the grocery. Now I’m mad I didn’t pick one up just to try grilling it. If I have time I’ll have to go back.
          .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Ginger Peanut Pasta Salad =-.

          • At 2010.04.27 16:38, Joanne said:

            I kept seeing them as well and finally gave in.

            • At 2010.04.27 13:02, runnerforever said:

              I get nasty blisters that sometimes get infected and that is no good at all. Good news is I usually recover from them in 1-2 days. I can generally right after I see the podiatrist and he drains them, but then again I think my doctor is AMAZING!
              .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..Workout of The Week =-.

              • At 2010.04.27 16:39, Joanne said:

                I’m not sure if I’d keep running if I went through that.

                • At 2010.04.27 13:16, Ana (AnActive Adventure) said:

                  When I was training for a half-marathon I developed these HORRIBLE blisters on my feet, one was soo bad that it prevented me from running for over a week. Every-time I run more than 5 miles without taping up my feet, I get those blisters on the same spot of my feet!!

                  Since I am from Colombia, I am super familiar AND super in love with plantains! Your meal looks delicioso 😉
                  .-= Ana (AnActive Adventure)´s last blog ..Tofu-Tastic! =-.

                  • At 2010.04.27 16:40, Joanne said:

                    I’ve found with the increased miles, the blisters just want to make their presence known. I’m lucky that the injinji socks have helped.

                    • At 2010.04.27 14:55, kilax said:

                      I have not cooked with plantains, but like plantan chips! 😛

                      I have had plantar fasciitis in both feet. It took me a long time to recover (3-4 months!).

                      • At 2010.04.27 16:40, Joanne said:

                        Ted had plantar fasciitis as well. That is painful! It took him about as long to recover as it took you. Nasty.

                        • At 2010.04.27 16:04, Judi said:

                          I love plantains! I really need to cook with them more often.

                          Yes be good to your feet! 🙂 I have had plantar fasciitis – no fun at all. It took about a month to recover!
                          .-= Judi´s last blog ..A walk in the woods . . . brings many surprises =-.

                          • At 2010.04.27 16:41, Joanne said:

                            See comment to Kilax above. I sympathize.

                            • At 2010.04.28 01:04, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                              I’m very curious about the plaintain, I’ve never prepared it and I think I have never even eaten it either.. makes me wonder that do we even have it in Finland? 😀
                              .-= Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear´s last blog ..New Week, New Hair =-.

                              • At 2010.04.28 04:16, Jeena said:

                                Hey Joanne how are you?

                                Plantains sure are for banana lovers. You’re fish recipes always look perfectly cook and so delicious. Great recipe. 🙂

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