Aug 17 2021 - 11:30am

Turon (Filipino Fried Banana Rolls)

Original Recipe


You can find lumpia (spring roll pastry) wrappers and jackfruit in syrup at Asian or Filipino grocery stores. Depending on the brand of lumpia wrappers, one package might contain 25 or 30 sheets. If you'd like to use the extra wrappers, you can double this recipe. Alternatively, you can save the wrappers for another batch by wrapping them in a damp (not wet) paper towel and storing them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. For best results, use the wrappers as soon as possible.

Turon Recipe With Photos


  1. 3 ripe plantains
    1/2 cup sliced jackfruit in syrup (optional)
    3/4 cup brown sugar, plus more as needed
    12 lumpia (spring roll pastry) wrappers
    Vegetable oil, for frying
    Cold water, for sealing wrappers
    Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Peel the plantains. Cut each plantain in half, widthwise, then cut each piece lengthwise to yield four pieces. Repeat with the remaining plantains.
  2. Transfer the brown sugar to a shallow bowl or plate. Roll a piece of plantain in the brown sugar.
  3. Carefully peel apart the lumpia wrappers. Set one wrapper on a flat surface so two corners are pointing up and down, creating a diamond shape. Add a piece of sugar-coated plantain, then top with a few slices of jackfruit, if using.
  4. Fold up the bottom corner, tucking it against the plantain.
  5. Fold the left and right corners toward the center, creating an envelope. The corners will overlap.
  6. Dab a bit of cold water along the top corner and edge.
  7. Starting from the bottom, roll up the turon. Gently press the top corner to seal. Repeat with the remaining filling and wrappers.
  8. In a pot, add about 1/2 inch oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add a spoon of brown sugar to the oil (you can just eyeball this part). Once the brown sugar becomes dark and floats to the top, use tongs to add a few turon in a single layer.
  9. Fry for 3 minutes, flipping once halfway, or until golden brown and coated with caramelized brown sugar.
  10. Using tongs, place the turon on a wire rack on a baking sheet or a paper-towel-lined plate. Let cool slightly, as the turon will be very hot.
  11. Serve warm on its own or with vanilla ice cream.

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