With just a few common ingredients, Fried Bananas Recipe is so easy. This delectable treat is caramelized to perfection for the best flavor. Eat these alone or serve over ice cream.

Close up photo of fried bananas.
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Pan fried bananas make a delicious treat in just minutes. It is a satisfying way to enjoy dessert without much work and a delicious and Easy Banana Dessert. Anytime the kids want something sweet, I love to make these.

If you also love bananas, make The Best Bananas Foster Recipe for another delicious recipe.

Why we love this recipe

You only need a few minutes for this easy treat. It literally goes from stove to table in under 10 minutes. It is one of the Best Banana Dessert Recipes.


Ingredients for fried bananas- bananas, butter, honey, cinnamon.
  • Bananas 
  • Butter 
  • Honey 

Get the entire ingredient list and recipe in the recipe card at the bottom.


  • Substitution for Honey – We love the sweetness of the honey, but you can also use brown sugar or maple syrup.
  • Oil Options – You can use Coconut oil or butter to pan fry the bananas.
  • Air fryer method – If you prefer to use the air fryer instead of the stove, you can. First, melt the butter using the microwave and add the seasonings. Coat the bananas. Place in the air fryer basket for 4 minutes at 400 degrees in a single layer.
  • Add Nuts – Feel free to top the fried bananas with chopped peanuts or sliced almonds.

How to Make Fried Bananas

Sliced bananas on a cutting board.

Step 1. Prepare the bananas by peeling and slicing them.

Melted butter in a skillet.

Step 2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Then whisk in the honey, cinnamon and salt. 

Bananas in skillet with butter.

Step 3. The butter mixture will be hot so carefully add the banana slices. They need to cook 2 to 3 minutes per side. 

Bananas on plate.

Step 4. Move the bananas to a plate lined with a paper towel.  

Close up photo of fried bananas on white plate.

How to Serve Fried bananas?

They are absolutely delicious alone but here are a few more delicious ideas.

  • Ice cream – This is so amazing on No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream. The warm carnalized bananas melt into the cold ice cream. Vanilla and butter pecan taste great with the fried bananas.
  • Pancakes or Waffles – Try topping with these bananas for the best treat.
  • Whipped Cream. Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe is tasty on top of the bananas.
  • Yogurt – You can make a yogurt parfait using these tasty fried bananas. The yogurt makes it healthier but the flavor is amazing. I like to add granola as well for a little crunch.
  • French Toast – My kids love when I make French Toast and top it with decadent fried bananas.
  • Peanut Butter – Melt some peanut butter and drizzle over the top of the fried bananas.

The ideas are endless. We love to top ice cream yogurt and more with these tasty bananas.

They are delicious served with maple syrup or chocolate sauce for dipping. It is seriously so tasty.

As you can see, there are so many tasty ways to enjoy fried bananas.


Place the leftovers in an airtight container. Refrigerate the cooked bananas for up to 3 days. They will stay fresh as long as you use a container with a good lid.

Reheat in the microwave or stove top until heated through. They are still delicious reheated. Yet another reason to love this recipe even more.

These bananas make the perfect afternoon snack.

Pro Tips

  • Firm Bananas – This recipe is best with firm bananas. You will want to use firm bananas for this recipe so they do not get too mushy when frying them.  You want them to be just ripe. Don’t use overripe bananas.
  • Cooking Bananas – The bananas should look golden brown and caramelized.  However, watch them closely as they cook so they do not burn with excessive brown spots.
  • Heat Skillet – Before placing the slice bananas in the skillet, make sure to preheated and add the oil. This gives the bananas the best texture with a soft center.

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Fried Bananas

5 from 12 votes
Easy fried bananas are ready in minutes. Perfect to eat alone or as a topping on ice cream, pancakes, or delicious cakes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 220


  • 2 bananas
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Salt


  • Peel the bananas and slice them into 1/2” thick slices.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Then whisk in the honey, cinnamon and salt.
  • Carefully add the banana slices and cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side.  The bananas should be golden brown and caramelized.  Watch them closely as they cook so they do not burn.
  • Then move the bananas to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  • Then serve as is or over ice cream or on top of pancakes or waffles.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You will want to use firm bananas for this recipe so they do not get too mushy when frying them.  You want them to be just ripe.  
Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 220kcal, Carbohydrates 45g, Protein 1g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 197mg, Potassium 437mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 32g, Vitamin A 252IU, Vitamin C 10mg, Calcium 14mg, Iron 1mg

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