Klaklo, Spicy Plantain Fritter Recipe from Côte d’Ivoire

Plantains, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

These plantains are resting against a traditional earthenware water container made by Akan craftsmen in Grand Bassam.

Klaklo is a favorite in our family. As soon as it is ready, the entire family rushes to the table, eager to chow down. Klaklo is a warm and delicious treat originating from Côte d’Ivoire. It’s perfect for a buffet table on a cold day.

Editors Note: This recipe is the ideal solution for over-ripe plantains. If your plantains get too black and squishy to fry, whip up a batch of klaklo.

Country of Origin: Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)

Serves: 6


  • 1 1/2 medium-sized onions
  • 9 very ripe plantains (skins should be black, interior ought to be squishy — but not fermented)
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying


  1. Put the onions into a food processor and pulse until thoroughly minced.
  2. Add the plantains and pulse them three or four times.
  3. Combine red pepper flakes, salt and rice flour in a small bowl.
  4. Add flour mixture into food processor in 3-4 batches, pulsing in between. Mixture should be well combined, but there should still be some plantain lumps in the batter. It is not a puree.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep skillet. (Cast iron works well because it heats very evenly and retains its heat nicely.)
  6. Using two soup spoons, shape the mixture into little dumplings (about the size of a meatball) and slide into the hot oil. Be sure to leave plenty of space around the klaklo, so that it will cook properly.
  7. When the first side is browned, flip the klaklo over and continue cooking until the second side is also a golden brown.
  8. Remove klaklo from hot oil with a slotted spoon and drain well over paper towels.
  9. Serve with Ivorian tomato sauce or hot pepper sauce.

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