How To Make Banana Cue


Here I will show you how to make banana cue for you and your family. Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe: Ingredients (1 pack) Banana chips (the crunchier, the tastier) A pack of nata de coco or grated coconut may also be used in place of nata de coco (optional) Sugar or salt Method: Place the banana chips and nata de coco in a bowl. If using the latter, add in some sugar or salt to taste. Wait for five minutes until the nata de coco softens a bit before mixing. Pour-in sugar to taste. Mix thoroughly with a utensil, then enjoy!

Banana Cue

Banana cue sizzling in a pan.

A friend gave me organic bananas (saba) straight from her farm in Batangas. I found your recipe and tried it. Truly easy and yummy! Thank you :D.

This was one of my craziest and most fun days in the Philippines. And it is without a double THE MOST delicious snack.

We made these golden fried brown sugar sticky bananas called Banana Cue when my friend Angie was visiting Bjork and me in Cebu. I took advantage of having another adult around during the school day and did something that I’ve said I would never do again: cook with my elementary aged students. Think of the hottest you’ve ever felt in your life and multiply it by 348,792. That’s how it feels to stand over a hot pan of frying oil while trying to control a group of kids in a small kitchen in the mountains of the Philippines. bahhhhh. I feel stressed out just thinking about it. It’s a small miracle that my type-A self is able to be a teacher.

But seriously, this day was just plain fun. My kids were sososososo so excited to cook together with Auntie Pureza, one of the house moms. Like, the cutest kind of excited where they ask about it every day and suggest that we try cooking lechon baboy (um, a whole roasted pig?) next time. It was such a big deal to them that when Auntie Pureza asked for volunteers to do things like throw the banana peels in the garbage, every hand in the room would be bouncing up in the air. I reallysupermiss those happy, fun-loving kiddos.

In addition to all the happy shelter banana cue memories, there was a little banana que stand at the bottom of the dirt road leading up to the shelter. So every day when Bjork would pick me up from school on the motorcycle, we’d go driving by the stand where the woman was frying and selling her banana que on a stick. I love banana que. And now I need to stop talking before I book myself a plane ticket back to the Philippines.

Ripe bananas.
Oil in a pan.
Women in the kitchen.
Bananas frying in a pan of oil.
Women eating fried bananas.
Bananas on skewers.

Banana Cue

This is a recipe for banana cue from the Filipino orphanage where I worked for a year. Super easy, super yummy, super fun dessert!



  • 1 large bunch saba bananas (15-20)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • oil for frying


  1. Heat the oil over medium low heat. Add the brown sugar and wait until the sugar starts to caramelize.
  2. Place the bananas in the oil and fry them with the brown sugar so until they are covered with the sticky brown sugar and a deep golden color.
  3. Drain on paper towels and serve on individual skewers.

Banana Cue Recipe

Banana Cue is one of the most loved street food in the Philippines.  “Saba” banana is only key element of this dish.  It is a fruit usually grows in a tropical climate such as the Philippines.  It is mostly used for culinary purposes because of its sweet and delicious.

Similar to cotton candies, banana cue is widely sold on the street. You can find someone selling this in front of their house or peddling around the street. But unlike cotton candies that can now be easily made at home with cotton candy machines, banana cue is preferred to be cooked and sold on the streets.

Banana Cue is made of fried banana on bamboo skewers and the most consumed as a mid-afternoon snack.  People can’t resist this because aside from being delicious it is also nutritious.

Banana Cue Recipe


Banana Cue is one of the most loved street food in the Philippines. “Saba” banana is only key element of this dish.

  • Author: Pilipinas Recipes
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino



  • 10 pcs. semi-ripe or ripe Saba Banana
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups Vegetable cooking oil
  • 10 pcs bamboo skewers


  1. In a large wok at high flame heat cooking oil, when hot, drop the bananas and fry for about 2 minutes or until they start to slightly brown.
  2. Sprinkle the brown sugar and let it stand without stirring.
  3. When the sugar starts to caramelize, start stirring the bananas to have it coated with caramelized sugar.
  4. Continue frying, stirring several times to have the bananas fully coated with caramelized sugar. Turn the heat off once the bananas are cook through, do not overcook.
  5. Drain in Fry Skimmer Strainer or Colander or deep bowl with paper towel to remove excess oil.
  6. Skewer two bananas in a bamboo stick while they slightly cool down.
  7. Serve.

Bananacue Recipe

Bananacue is term used to call fried skewered plantains cooked with brown sugar. This is a staple in the Philippines, and is mostly consumed as a mid-afternoon snack.

Considered as one of the all-time best selling street food, Bananacue can easily be spotted around the streets of Manila and in other places within the Philippines, as well. This is usually sold along with turon (deep fried wrapped banana with sweet jack fruit), kamotecue (deep-fried skewed sweet potatoes with brown sugar), pilipit, and bicho-bicho.

I love having bananacue for my mid-afternoon snack or for dessert. I find it best to have a glass of cold soda by my side when eating it.

Do you also like bananacue? What do you eat this with?


Try this Bananacue Recipe and let me know what you think.

Bananacue Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes Cook Time7 minutes Total Time12 minutes Servings3AuthorVanjo Merano


  • 6 pieces saging na saba Asian plantains
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 cups cooking oil


  • Heat a cooking pot then pour-in cooking oil.
  • When the oil becomes hot, deep fry the bananas for 2 minutes.
  • Gradually put-in the brown sugar, adjust the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the melted brown sugar coats the bananas. Note: Gently stir the bananas so that it can get coated with melted brown sugar easily.
  • Remove the cooked bananas one by one and immediately skewer using a bamboo skewer. Note: 2 pieces per skewer is recommended.
  • Let cool then serve with cold soda.
  • Share and enjoy!


Serving: 3g

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