Fried Bananas (Pritong Saba)

This is Fried Bananas (Pritong Saba). Fried bananas are a very common Filipino street food. Almost anywhere you find street food vendors you will find someone making this treat. The saba bananas can be difficult to find outside of Southeast Asia. However, there are many readily available substitutes you can use. Such as plantains or the more common banana. It’s very simple to make and a very delicious snack. The best bananas to use for this dish are those that are really ripe (almost over ripe). Enjoy this recipe from all of us at Filipino Chow.


  • 3 saba bananas, sliced thick lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • Cooking oil for frying


  1. Combine the flour, sugar and water in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly.
  2. Place a large pan over medium high heat.
  3. Now add about an inch of cooking oil to the pan or enough to cover the banana slices.
  4. Dip both sides of the banana in the flour mixture.
  5. Once the oil is hot enough, carefully place the banana pieces into the oil.
  6. Cook the first side of the banana for 1 minute and then turn the banana pieces over.
  7. Let this cook for another minute and then flip it again.
  8. Repeat steps 6-7 until the bananas are golden brown on the outside .
  9. Remove the bananas from the oil and put them on a plate with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  10. Now transfer the bananas to a serving dish and dust with powdered sugar.
  11. Serve.

Please note that cooking time may vary. As with most recipes, you can adjust seasonings, ingredients, and preparation methods to suit your tastes to a certain degree. Be creative in the kitchen.


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