Baked Kelewele Fries (Updated Recipe)

A lighter, lower in fat version of the popular sicy Ghanaian street food, kelewele or deep fried plantain! A classic Best Body Africa recipe you'll love!

I would like to believe that I invented the Baked Kelewele Fries recipe in 2014 and today, it’s gaining more popularity than ever!

It’s probably obvious by now that I love plantain. Not only have I mentioned my love for this delicious food in many posts but my blog is filled with loads of plantain recipes like my plantain waffles. Well, another plantain recipe wouldn’t hurt and this one’s an upgrade of one of the first recipes that was posted on the blog in 2014.

Kelewele  (pronounced kay-lay-way-lay) is a popular Ghanaian food made of plantain marinated in a special spice mix. Kelewele is normally produced in a cube shape after being deep fried. In order to make this recipe healthier, we decided to bake plantain in a bit of oil instead of deep frying it and it still tasted absolutely delicious! So, without further ado, here’s the recipe!



  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning cube
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  1. Slice your plantain into fry-like sticks/circles/traditional shape.

  2. In a bowl, blend your onion and mix all the ingredients together.

  3. Pour the mix on your plantain and coat every plantain with the marinade.

  4. Lay on a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper and put in the oven at 200 degree celsius for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Broil for an extra 5 minutes for an extra crunch.

  5. Take out and enjoy!




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