These simple Pan-fried Bananas are caramelized in honey and cinnamon for a simple and delicious treat. You can enjoy them as is or pair with ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, french toast, and more!

While I’ve never been a big fan of eating bananas plain from the peel, caramelized bananas…bananas foster…oh, and those deep fried banana egg roll desserts…they all make me weak at the knees.

Fried Bananas - Shown Caramelized on the Edges In a Metal Skillet

These pan fried honey bananas were a snack I ate all the time as a kid, and I still love them today because they’re really easy, take less than 10 minutes to make, and only involve five ingredients.

You can eat the bananas on their own, you can pair them with french toast like in this Bananas Foster French Toast, you can add them to oatmeal, yogurt, pancakes, ice cream, into a peanut butter sandwich, and more.

 


How to Make Pan Fried Bananas:

Start by slicing up some *just* ripened bananas, about 1/2″ thick:

Cutting a Banana Into Slices Before Cooking

You want bananas that are ripe, but still firm. No black spots on the peel.

Then add some honey, oil or butter, cinnamon, and salt to a nonstick skillet:

Melted Fat, Cinnamon, Salt, and Honey in Saucepan

My two favorite fats to use are coconut oil or butter, but you can really use any kind of neutral oil here.

Heat everything together in the skillet, then add your banana slices:

Caramelized Bananas Slices in Honey Mixture in Skillet

Cook for a few minutes on each side until they become deeply caramelized and sticky, like this:

Pan Fried Bananas with Honey in Skillet

These quick Stovetop Candied Pecans are very similar to this recipe, and also take about 10 minutes to make. It’s one of the most popular recipes on my site that you may enjoy as well.

For more banana recipes, try Bananas Foster French Toast, Caramelized Banana Dutch Baby, or classic Banana Bread. Enjoy!

Pan Fried Honey Banana Slices in Skillet

Pan-fried Honey Bananas

 These pan-fried bananas are caramelized in honey and cinnamon for a simple and delicious treat!
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Ingredients

For the Bananas

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp oil or butter*
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Ideas for What to Serve the Bananas With (optional)

Instructions 

  • Remove the peels from the bananas and slice them 1/2" inch thick.
  • Set a nonstick skillet over medium to medium high heat** and add the oil or butter, honey, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Add the banana slices, and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden and caramelized. Be sure to watch the heat and turn it down if it browns too quickly. You want enough heat to caramelize and brown the slices, but you don’t want them to burn.
  • Once the bananas are cooked you can enjoy them as is, or with marshmallow creme and peanut butter in a sandwich, with Bananas Foster French Toast, in oatmeal or yogurt, over ice cream, and more. Enjoy!

Notes

 *My favorite cooking fats for this recipe are coconut oil or butter, but you may use any neutral oil you prefer.
**If you have an electric stove, they tend to be less powerful than gas, so go with medium high heat. If you have a more powerful and responsive gas stove, you can try medium heat. When cooking, check to make sure that the bananas are caramelizing but not burning, and adjust the heat as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 147mg, Potassium: 422mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 10.2mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.