Shrimp & Plantain Appetizer

Plantain canapes

 This shrimp and plantain appetizer idea was inspired by the canapé classes I had in cooking school.

Apart from the fact that I also wanted to do something different with my overripe plantains, instead of making Mosa;  a favourite Nigerian snack made with overripe plantain.

It is easy to make, healthy, and is a fancy dish to serve your guests at a party. So let’s find out how to make it.


The plantain base

  • 1 over ripe plantain finger
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of flour
  • 1 seasoning cube 

The shrimp topping

  • 20-24 shrimps (cleaned and skin removed)
  • A handful of chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons of butter or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dry thyme
  • 1 seasoning cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh or dry pepper 
  • Salt to taste 


  1. Blend or finely chop the garlic,onion, and pepper; combine with one crushed seasoning cube, 2 tablespoons oil or melted butter and thyme; coat shrimps with marinade and set aside.
  2. Peel the plantain and mash it in a bowl using a fork or potato masher, add one crushed seasoning cube. 
  3. Slowly incorporate the flour by pouring bit by bit into the plantain mix and mix properly till a dough is formed. Knead appropriately.
  4. Roll out the dough and cut into little desired shape e.g circle, square, star etc.(I used square cookie cutters and a dough roller)
  5. Grease baking pan with 1 tablespoon of oil or melted butter; place the plantain squares in the pan and bake in an oven for 15 minutes at 350 F. Make sure to turn over the sides halfway through baking so there can be even browning on both sides; set aside.
  6.  On medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil, stir in shrimps and marinade and cook for 2 minutes or bake shrimps in a well greased pan in oven at 350F for 2 minutes.
  7. Place the plantain bases on your serving plate, carefully place the shrimp and some sauce as the topping on each plantain base.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Plantain canapes

Plantain canapes

Plantain canapes



Shrimp plantain appetizers Plantain canapes

5 thoughts on “Shrimp & Plantain Appetizer

  1. Excellent! I’d been staring at my overripe plantains and wondering what to do with them apart from adding them to beans. Thought of the mosas from the last time but I wanted a healthier option, I’ll give this a try 🙂

    1. Grace dear ( my Miss Fitfam)…I agree it is a much healthier version.You can even top it with meat or fish as well.

  2. wow, i am actually gonna try this, especially since I have all the ingredients at home, just gotta wait until one plantain is over ripe. for the non cooks here thought, what’s a plantain finger???

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