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Mofongo Balls

Air Fryer Mofongo Balls

The perfect appetizer or side to your steak or soup. This version of mofongo is an easy bite-size option to the traditional mofongo.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Puerto Rico
Keyword air fryer, mofongo
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 150kcal
Author Boricua On The Moon



  • Peel the plantain in 6 to 8 disks and add them to a water bowl with salt or adobo. Leave soaking in the water for about 10 minutes.
  • Place the plantain disks in the air fryer at 350F for about 5-8 minute. Then flip them to the other side and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes until the color is a darker yellow.
  • Or traditional method first, prepare a frying pan with coconut oil, or your preference, and set on medium heat. Add the plantain disks, without crowding the pan, and fry for about 8 to 10 minutes until both sides are slightly golden, but not darker than yellow mustard.
  • While plantains cook, add 1/4 tsp of salt and 2 garlic cloves to a pilon or mortar and smashed into a paste. Once the garlic paste is done, add the bacon and mixed or crushed, if not done so already.
  • Once the garlic and bacon paste is done, add the plantains with a 1/4 cup of chicken broth, few tablespoons of butter (optional) or 2 tbsp of the frying oil or bacon fat (optional). You can use the liquid of your preference. I use bacon fat and chicken broth to assist with smashing the plantains and mixing them in with the paste.
  • Once the mofongo is all mixed, set in a plate and divide in 6 to 8 balls. Prepare your air fryer with parchment paper and place the mofongo balls in the basket. Set the air fryer between 350F to 400F for about 6 to 10 minutes, moving the balls as the time progresses. Once done, let them cool off for a bit before eating them. Buen Provecho!


These mofongo balls are great as a side dish for steaks or soups. I have paired them inside brothy soups on cold days and next to ribeyes during the summer. My toddler eats them plain as snack or part of her food. I also like to enjoy them with the traditional garlic red sauce or mayo-ketchup. Enjoy!


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1010IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Iron: 0.5mg