Shrimp Stuffed Plantain Cups (Tostones Rellenos)

These tostones rellenos or stuffed plantain cups are delicious, crispy plantains stuffed with garlicky shrimp and avocado salsa. Plantains are a staple in my household. We use them in so many ways, but one of my favorites is fried green plantains. To make the experience even better, I like to stuff them with different fillings. This shrimp version is just one example of my favorites, including griot (fried pork) and crab. 

Pile of green plantain

Peeling plantain can be a bit frustrating if you are new to cooking them. Here are some tips for peeling the plantain perfectly. 

 

  • Cut off both ends of the plantain. 
  • Run a knife down one of the ridges of the plantain, creating a shallow slit in the peel. Do not cut through the flesh.
  • Use your knife or a spoon to run between the skin and the plantain to loosen. 
  • Then begin the peel the skin away with your fingers. 
plantain pressed in lemon squeezer

Pour enough canola oil to a level where it will comfortably completely cover your plantains. Use a pot or a deep fryer at 375 degrees. Do not allow the heat to go too high. That can cause the plantains to become too dark or burnt outside while being undercooked on the inside. 

Once drained, use the lemon press to form the little cups! 

Creating plantain cups is easy! I peeled and sliced the green plantains into fours. This will depend on the size of your plantain press. If you are using a standard lemon squeezer/ juicer, cutting each plantain into four pieces will fit perfectly. If you are using a larger press or want larger cups, slice your plantains into bigger pieces, maybe into three pieces each.

Create a mix of diluted vinegar, salt, and hot sauce. This step is super Haitian. Many of us use a light salt and vinegar mix before dropping the plantains in the fryer for a second time. This adds a lot of flavor to the fried plantain. You may choose to skip this step, but if you do, remember to salt the plantain cups at the end lightly. Be mindful of any oil splatter during this step!

plantain cups, satueed shrimp, avocado salsa on a table

After mixing the avocado salsa, you are ready to assemble! Fill the cups with the salsa and the shrimp. Leave some shrimp and cilantro to place on top for the garnish to make it look pretty. These are best served immediately and will not be great as leftovers. 

What’s your favorite way to eat plantains? 

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Shrimp Stuffed Plantain Cups (Tostones Rellenos)

These shrimp stuffed plantain cups are perfectly crispy and filled with delicious shrimp and avocado salsa.

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 plantain cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound large shrimp 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 12 jalapenos, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 green plantains
  • canola oil (please read the instructions for the amount of oil)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the shrimp by cleaning and removing the shells. Then season with salt, pepper, onion powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Add butter to a pan on medium-low heat. Then add garlic. Cook until fragrant. Be careful not to brown the garlic! Next, add the seasoned shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  3. Set shrimp aside and begin to prep the plantains.
  4. Peel and slice the green plantains into fours. This will depend on the size of your plantain press. If you are using a standard lemon squeezer/ juicer, cutting each plantain into four pieces will fit perfectly. if you are using a larger press or want larger cups, slice your plantains into bigger pieces.
  5. Pour enough canola oil to a level where it will comfortably completely cover your plantains.  Use a pot or a deep fryer at 375 degrees.
  6. Place the plantains in the oil for about 3 minutes, just until they are golden. Then remove them from the pot and place them on a paper towel to drain.
  7. Once drained, press each plantain using the lemon press to form little cups.
  8. Create a mix of diluted vinegar, salt, and hot sauce (OPTIONAL). Then dip each plantain cup in the mix before placing it back in the fryer for 3-4 minutes until they are golden brown. *Be mindful of any oil splatter during this step. If you do not do this set, be sure to lightly sprinkle the plantains with some salt.
  9. Make your avocado salsa in a large bowl. Add the diced avocado, tomato, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, salt to taste, cilantro, and lime. Mix well.
  10. Assemble the plantain cups to your liking. Fill with the shrimp and avocado salsa. Reserve some shrimp and cilantro to garnish.

Notes

Serve these immediately! Fried green plantains are best served when freshly made. Leftover plantains lose their crispness and can become hard.

Keywords: Fried plantains, Green plantains, Shrimp, Stuffed plantains, Tostones, Tostones rellenos, plantain cups

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2 Comments

  1. Aliesha March 12, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Everything always look so good and I have tried at least three of your recipes for my family. They always love it!

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  2. Kay March 19, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    My 8 year old and I made this for her grandpa….we all loved it. Thank you fir this neat recipe!!!

    Reply

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