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Caramelized Bananas (Easy Recipe)

Caramelized bananas served with ice cream and flaked almonds in a bowl.
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Here is an easy caramelized bananas recipe made with simple ingredients in 10 minutes. Learn how to make caramelized bananas to perfection.


  • 3 firm bananas
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 lemon, juice


  1. Peel bananas and cut them in long halves, then in 2 in thickness. If desired, cut bananas into slices about 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) thick, like thick coins.

  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter with honey. Coat sliced bananas in sugar and place them in the hot pan. Fry bananas in a single layer on the first side for about 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally. Check them for golden brown color with a fork.  Carefully flip the bananas over to fry the other side. This will take about 30-60 seconds, depending on the stove.

  3.  Watch out for caramelization! Once the banana slices are generously coated with caramel, add lemon juice, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, and cook for another 5-10 seconds, shaking the frying pan.

    Attention: Watch out for caramel splashes while adding lemon juice! Don't bend over the pan; be careful with your hands and arms (better wear long sleeves).

  4. Transfer caramelized bananas glazed with rich caramel sauce by sliding them from the pan to a dessert plate. Serve hot or warm with a scoop of ice cream.

    Expert tip: Once the bananas reach their peak caramelization, quickly remove them from the pan to stop caramelization and prevent additional browning.


  1. Choose a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet to prevent bananas from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Slice bananas into equal thick strips or coins to ensure even caramelization.
  3. Make sure the banana slices are not crowded while cooking. If you double or triple the recipe, use a large skillet or cook in batches.
  4. The provided minutes of cooking time is approximate since it depends on the stove. Frying the second side of bananas takes much less time than the first side, so keep a close eye on the sugar and bananas to prevent burning.
  5. Do not overcook bananas to prevent them from going mushy. Instead, remove them from the heat immediately when they are ready.
  6. Soak the pan in hot water to facilitate cleaning.





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