Is mofongo Dominican or Puerto Rican? Our guest chef Pablo Marinaro presents his version of Puerto Rican Mofongo, served with a zesty Llajwa.

  • Servings 2
  • 45 mins.
  • Medium



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Mofongo recipe Ingredients

For the Mofongo:

  • 2 Green Plantains
  • Pinch of Coriander
  • Pinch of Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 head of Garlic
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying

For the Llajwa:

  • 1/2 Tomato
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 4 Strawberries
  • Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 Grapefruit
  • 6 Prawns
  • Lemon Zest


For the Mofongo:

  1. Peel and slice plantains. Boil them in water for 10 mins. with 1/2 cup of salt.
  2. Fry the garlic head in oil until soft and golden. Use a fork to turn it into a paste.
  3. Strain the plantains, mash them with the garlic paste to make a purée.
  4. Add coriander, cumin and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Form into balls with your hand and fry them for 2-3 mins.
  6. Remove excess oil with paper towels before serving.

For the Llajwa:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Season to taste.
  3. Fry prawns in medium heat with lemon zest.

Serve llajwa with mofongo on top and cooked prawns.  

Pro Tips for the best Mofongo Recipe

Garnish with fresh garden herbs.

Is Mofongo Dominican or Puerto Rican? And What is Mofongo?

Mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish with fried plantains as its main ingredient. Plantains are picked green and fried, then mashed with salt, garlic, broth, and olive oil in a wooden pilón


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