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These grilled plantains with jerk-style sauce come with huge Caribbean flavor. This will be your new and EASY grilled side dish, all summer.
Summer grilling season is in full swing and my grill becomes my new stovetop and oven because I love to take my cooking outdoors, to keep the heat out and the cool in. It’s 3 weeks to the biggest grilling holiday of the year, 4th July and the best day for a cookout. Why not spice up your day a little Caribbean flavor? These grilled plantains with jerk-style sauce are something a little different that makes a delicious side dish for many meats, even grilled shrimp and seafood. Serve them to your family and friends, they will be blown away!
Plantains are essentially a more starchy, lower sugar banana that are very popular in Caribbean and West African cooking. They work so well for savory and sweet dishes and can be cooked unripe or ripe, I prefer ripe.
Let me tell you about this sauce. Can you say flavor? And it’s SO EASY, because it’s made in the blender. The heat level of the sauce is entirely up to you. Scotch bonnet and habaneros are traditionally used in Jamaican Jerk sauce and they are the hottest peppers, let’s just say eye watering hot. They’re too spicy for me, so I swapped out for jalapeño peppers and removed the seeds, this is why I called the sauce ‘jerk-style.’
One of the main ingredients in the sauce is Kikkoman® Soy Sauce. Where Kikkoman® Sauces are usually associated with Asian cooking, they are perfect for use in any cuisine. Their sauces are so flavorful, mainstream and versatile that they can be added to any cuisine to amp up flavor for weeknight, weekend or just about any day or night cooking. Use them as your all-purpose seasoning. Add Kikkoman® Traditionally Brewed Soy Sauce to any savory dish instead of salt for an extra umami flavor boost. Try Kikkoman® Teriyaki Sauce in your favorite barbecue sauce to kick up the flavors. This is great for grilling chicken and steak. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
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So I mentioned how easy this recipe is and I wasn’t kidding. Look below, just 4 easy steps and you have the most delicious dish.
Do you have any plans for 4th July? I’m going to be enjoying the ocean on a boat. What will you be enjoying?
- 3 tablespoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
- 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 3 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 4 ripe plantains, skin on, sliced lengthwise
Add all the ingredients (except the plantains) to a food processor or blender, blend until smooth.
Brush the sauce onto the flesh side of the plantains.
When the grill is 500 degrees, add the plantains flesh side down. Grill for 4-6 minutes until they get grill marks.
Turn the plantains onto the skin side. Brush more sauce onto the plantains and cook until you see the flesh pull away from the skin.
Remove and serve warm