Marshall Islands: Sweet Potatoes & Fried Bananas

Marshall Islands flag

 Close your eyes and imagine you are on an island between Hawaii & Australia. You are enjoying the company of the locals while listening to the waves and feasting on some local cuisine. The last thing on your mind is returning to your normal every day life. But when you return to your normal life you tell your friends about this magically beautiful place, and you share pictures with them. Your friends ask you the name of this beautiful place, and you tell them The Marshall Islands.

Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands are a group of atolls and reefs in the Pacific Ocean about halfway between Hawaii & Australia. The islands consist of 29 atolls and 5 isolated islands. 

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Map of the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands gained independence in 1986. A number of the islands are off limits to locals and tourists due to U.S. Military presence and the residue of nuclear testing.

Because of the location of The Marshall Islands, their cuisine has various influences from Chinese, Korean, Indian and Western cuisine. Their cuisine is rich in fish, veggies, and exotic fruits such as papaw, pineapple, avocado, and bananas. The Marshallese eat a lot of preserved foods because of the difficulty of growing fresh foods on the islands.

The people of The Marshall Islands are known throughout the Pacific for their friendly and peaceful nature. A Marshallese meal may consist of boiled potatoes, breadfruit, or pumpkin with coconut milk, or fried bananas. Large feasts include slow roasting a whole pig under dirt and leaves.

For today’s dish from The Marshall Islands I thought we could try a simple dish. The Marshallese take bananas, sweet potatoes, and butter or coconut oil and make a fabulous sweet dish.

Serves 4

Sweet Potatoes & Fried Bananas

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil, for frying
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 Bananas, sliced


Boil the cubed sweet potatoes until soft.

In a frying pan place the coconut oil and the bananas and fry until browned on both sides.

Drain the sweet potatoes and mix with the fried bananas


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