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Banana Cue

5 reviews / 4.2 average

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.
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Banana Que

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.


I think this would also work with regular American grocery store bananas, although they might be a little more mushy. But who minds a little mush when we're talking about caramelized bananas!? The saba bananas used in the original recipe are really sturdy and hold up well during the frying. Readers have also suggested plantains as an alternative.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: banana cue, banana dessert, filipino dessert

Alright, I have something awesome to tell you. This little sweetie-sweet-sweetheart?

After 3+ years of waiting, she and her seven siblings have just been matched for adoption. All of them, together.

Little girl smiling.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <- nothing else to say. ♥

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I LOVE the banana Que, but the best part if the post is the very last! Wow, that is incredible!! All 7 of them get to be together and that is the way it should be! This just made the start to my dad so much better!

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    Oh my gosh, that last sentence makes me want to cry. That is AMAZING. That is so incredibly awesome for them. Woot, woot!

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    What wonderful news to start my day! I’m glad they get to be together! This dessert/snack is delicious and it reminds me of the Cuban bananas. 🙂

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    I just love the fact that abroad, such as the multiple times I’ve been to Thailand, they have so many wonderful varieties of bananas that you just can’t find here in the States!

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    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this post, Lindsay! We are Banana Cue Soul Mates! I LOVE them, too. Not everybody appreciates all that sticky caramel goodness. Kudos to you for trying to make them in the heat. I’ve got to share this post!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Um, thank you for writing out banana cue which inspired me to google banana que only to find out I had misspelled it throughout the whole post. LOL. I obviously did not pick up much Filipino spelling while in the Philippines! Glad you like this too! 🙂

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    Plantains are a good substitute for Saba bananas since they are quite sturdy too although Saba bananas do tend to be starchier. I love these recipes from the Philippines!

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    Thank you once again for posting Filipino recipes. 🙂

    The news about the adoption made my day. Thank you. 🙂

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    Fried bananas are one of my very favorites. I love that so many other cultures have ways of preparing them, though I would NEVER have dreamt to put sugar directly in the oil!

    We lived in Mexico one summer and every evening a push-cart would come by selling fried smashed bananas with a sweet cream on top. Each night we’d hear his distinct whistle and go running. What is it about fried bananas??!!