Spicy Banana Fritters

in Desserts

Let’s do some food math.

In the above picture there are seven pretty banana fritters. Below are two bananas, sliced into eleven pieces.

Eleven minus seven equals four. Now you know how many banana fritters I stuffed in my mouth before I forced myself to stop.

I had to a get a decent picture. When I loaded the pictures onto my computer I noticed that I only took three photos of the final fritters. THREE! I was so psyched about them that I didn’t even have the patience to take photos.

All this just means that you must make them and forgive me for the sorta out of focus shot above. I had fritters to eat.

These Spicy Banana Fritters are as easy as pie. Also, side note: who came up with that lame phrase. Because anyone who’s made a pie knows it’s not easy. Moving on…

All you need is a few bananas. Since I have little self control (see above) I decided to slice up two bananas instead of the recommended four. I knew I couldn’t be trusted. I knew that I’d have a lot of batter left, but I figured it would outweigh the shame and guilt I would’ve felt had I eaten forty banana fritters. That would’ve totally happened.

I sliced up the bananas and then peeled them. I stuck some squewers in ’em, dull side in. If you put the pointy part in then the banana will fall off the screwer. Total fact.

I then made the batter, which consisted of flour mixture, some honey and a whole lot of pale ale! Yum.

In this case, you want a strong pale ale. You want that hoppiness to come through in the batter.  Don’t worry, it tastes lovely.

Then brush your banana slices with a little bit of chili paste.  I used Sriracha. I put Sriracha on everything, though this was the first time I ever tried it on a banana. I thought it was a little weird, not gonna lie.

Secret! After I ate those first four fritters, I decided that I wanted them more spicy, so I brushed on some extra Sriracha before I dunked them in the batter.  If you’re like me and love spicy, I’d recommend doing that too.

I then fried them up in some hot oil and took them out after a few minute, when they were a pretty golden brown. I drained them for a bit on a paper towel and them moved them to a bowl of cinnamon and sugar.

They rolled around in it for a few seconds. They had a good time.

I dusted them with some powdered sugar and then proceeded to eat all seven of them.  Which left zero.

Spicy Banana Fritters

Recipe by Ed Cotton from Top Chef

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I’ve read a lot of banana fritter recipes and most of them recommend overly ripe bananas. I disagree, wholeheartedly. I used bananas that were just ripe and loved that they were a little firm.  I have this fear that if you use super brown bananas, the fritters will just be a big ole’ soggy mess.

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons of black and white sesame seeds ( I only had white sesame seeds)

1 teaspoons of baking powder

3 tablespoons of sugar

salt to taste

1 tablespoon of honey

2 large eggs

2 cups of hoppy pale ale

4 large bananas cut into 1-inch medallions

Sambal Oelek or similar chili paste (I used Sriracha)

Wooden skewers for serving

2 tablespoons of cinnamon mixed with 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar

2 cups of vegetable oil heated to 350 degrees

Powdered sugar for dusting

Mix all of the batter ingredients until thoroughly incorporated. Don’t overmix. Treat it like pancake mix; it should have lumps.

Heat your oil. (Note: I don’t have a candy thermometer since

Brush banana medallions with a little bit of Sriracha chili paste; then spear medallions on skewers and dip in batter to coat. Dunk the coated medallions in the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute, or until the fritters become puffy and golden brown. Transfer fritters to a paper-towel-lined tray and sprinkle them while hot with cinnamon and sugar mixture. To finish, put a dollop of chili paste on a plate and place fritters on top (I liked it without the extra chili paste on the plate). Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

delicieux September 15, 2010 at 2:03 am

Wow, these look fantastic. I haven’t experienced bananas with spice before though. Might have to give it a try.


Katrina September 15, 2010 at 5:14 am

YUM! These look fantastic, and are as easy as SMOOTHIES! I agree, pie is not easy.


tovie September 15, 2010 at 5:29 am

Those sound awesome! I make a caramel fried banana (batter fried banana dunked in caramel dunked in ice water to set/crack the caramel) and now you have me wondering what they would taste like with a bit of sriracha added to the caramel (g)

And yeah, a just ripe/firmer banana is better. They don’t really turn into a soggy mess but the browner/more ripe a banana is, the more sugar in it and it has a tendency to scorch in the hot oil before you’re done cooking it (this is with banana chunks).


Adrianna September 15, 2010 at 9:42 am

Holy moly! That sounds insanely amazing. Love it.


sterlings style September 15, 2010 at 9:43 am

YUMMY! I love anything with bananas! I have to try this!


Joanne September 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

I love fried bananas. Love love love. No self control around them. At all. These look even better than the ones I’ve had before. Let’s talk numbers. 1 – spice factor. 2 – cinnamon sugar coating. 3 – delicious batter. 4 – cinnamon sugar coating. Um. Yeah.


Adrianna September 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

love your type of math.


marie September 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

I have this on my “to-make” list! After that episode when everyone was raving about these things I had to look them up. So glad you tried it!


heather September 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

as soon as the episode was over, i searched for the recipe. did you watch the clip of m. voltaggio making them on bravotv.com? i was so happy they looked easy, and now glad someone else has confirmed they are both that and delicious! i think they’d be a killer tailgate treat.




Adrianna September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

Yes! It was actually that video that made me want to make them. Can’t wait for the finale tonight. I hope Ed takes it all.


heather September 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

rock on, us too!


hannah September 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

oh man those look GOOOOD!


Adriana from Baking Powders September 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

ok ok, bananas, beer and chili paste… did i land in heaven? this sounds and looks out of this world awesome


Jennifer September 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

I love fried bananas and I was wondering how Ed made his fritters last week. Now I have the recipe and will have to give them a shot.


torviewtoronto September 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm

lovely addition of spice


Shari (aka: fruitloopgirl) September 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm

those sound pretty amazing. I will definitely make those for my hubby when he is no longer on his diet.


Nadette @ Eat, Read, Rant! September 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm

i definitely feel you on loving spicy everything. i put red chili flaxes in my scrambled eggs last night. and it wasn’t spicy enough. i’ll have to buy some sriracha. i would totally make this recipe with plaitans…cuz bananas and I don’t get along


Zarna September 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm

yum!! these look so amazing – i had banana beignets the other day with cinnamon and powdered sugar :)

great blog!



Tara September 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Delicious!! There have been far too many recipes that I have made, we have devoured, and I realized afterwards that I hadn’t taken a picture….so kudos for actually stopping with enough to take a picture of! lol


Becky September 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Hi there, I don’t drink alcohol or cook with it but I would love to make your fritters. What would you use to sub for the beer? Thank you very much :)


Adrianna September 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

Substituting the beer out for 1 1/2 cups of milk should do the trick. But start with 1 cup of milk and work your way up, making sure the consistency is right. I’ve never made this recipe with milk so it’s a bit of a gamble, but in theory it should work.


Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries September 16, 2010 at 1:40 am

OH MY GOD!!!! I DIE!!!


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betty @ scrambled hen fruit September 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm

That sriracha is what’s really tempting me to make these. They sound wonderful!


M. September 18, 2010 at 1:03 am

what a fun treat! I would eat them all at once, too :)


Sarah P September 19, 2010 at 10:28 am

These are so outside the realm of stuff I usually make I must try them pronto!


Jessica!!! September 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I’m usually a recipe bandit, silently stealing recipes from blogs without so much as a thank you. But THIS recipe is SO tasty!!! I didn’t have beer so I used sake and orange juice in the batter. I threw some ginger in with the cinnamon sugar and DANG is it tasty. My kids are gone, I’m eating it for dinner. Being an adult sucks, but this recipe makes it bearable.


Adrianna September 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Sake? Ginger? Whaaa…that sounds amazing! I’m gonna try that.


Crista July 19, 2011 at 2:51 am

I just finished making these. So good. My bf loves anything spicy and once he saw the hour sauce and beer he was very interested and instead of brushing it on he wanted to dunk them in the hot sauce. I love them though, definitely going to make these more.


Nyctereutes October 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

Really delicious :). Never would have thought that hot peppers, let alone garlic (the hot sauce I used was rich in it) is a perfectly good ingredients for a dessert :D. I replaced sesame with carraway, because that’s what I had, it was also a perfect fit. I had some leftover batter (bananas were small) and made some pancakes from it – also great! I’ll have that in mind when I want pancakes but have no milk.


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