Gordon Ramsay's Ingenious Tip For Baking With Bananas

We all know that bananas taste good, but anyone with a knack for cooking knows how fantastic this fruit really is. Bananas have many flavor and texture properties that make them versatile enough to appear in countless recipes that can be found all over the culinary world. With the sweetness provided by overripe bananas and the starchiness from the freshly picked fruit, there is no purpose a banana can't serve.

Don't just take our word for it, though. Take it from Michelin Star-studded chef Gordon Ramsay, whose love for bananas has shone through some of his most successful recipes — from "Hot Bananas" to "Bananas in Pyjamas." In one of his recipes in his "Seafood Recipes Everyone Needs To Try" video, bananas make yet another appearance as a star ingredient. 

With his long list of experiences cooking with the fruit, it's no wonder that he has developed some of the smartest banana-handling strategies. In this particular video, he shares one of these strategies with his lucky viewers.

A breakdown of the expert approach

In one of the video's featured recipes for Southeast Asian-inspired Spicy Clam Noodle Soup and Sweet Banana and Coconut Fritters, Gordon Ramsay walks his viewers through each step of the process to prepare the main dish and dessert pairing. 

He starts off by assembling the fritters, and tackles the bananas before any other ingredient. In the swiftest of motions, he firmly rolls the bananas in his palms a few times before peeling them and adding them into the mixing bowl. As he explains, he does so to "get them really nice and soft." Though this motion seems like second nature to the seasoned chef, it's actually an invaluable tip for us humble cooking novices. By softening the banana before adding it into the mixture, it becomes easier to mash in with the other ingredients than it would be if it weren't softened outside the bowl. He demonstrates this as he shows the ingredients come together almost seamlessly while he's mixing. 

The next time you're dealing with bananas in a recipe, feel free to try out this method yourself. We know that we sure will!