How To Make Bananas Foster

Jun 3, 2020 | desserts, Recipes

It was only a few years ago that I first had Bananas Foster. I’d never heard of it until someone requested it as a special dessert for a dinner and so I first made it at home so that I knew what I was doing. It was such a delicious and simple dessert that I immediately fell in love with it. Because of the simplicity of this dessert, I thought it was perfect for my Simple Summer Dessert Series. To me, this is like an adult banana split. There are bananas, ice cream, sugar, and rum. What else do you need?

Okay, enough chit chat, let’s get to it.

This is how to make…

Bananas Foster

Getting Started

I have found that for bananas foster it is best to use bananas that are slightly under-ripe. They don’t need to be completely green, but if they are too soft they will dissolve while being cooked.

To get started, peel the bananas, and cut into quarters. Once that’s done put a medium-sized pan on the stove over medium-high heat.

The Butter

Once the pan has had some time to heat up, about two minutes, add in 1 tbsp of butter. Let the butter melt and start to foam before you add in the bananas.

Cooking The Banana

Once the butter starts to foam add the bananas into the pan flat side down. Cook for about 1 minute then flip over.

Making the Sacue

After the bananas are flipped add in 2 tbsp brown sugar, cook for about 30 seconds then add in 2 oz of dark or spiced rum. Very carefully use a barbecue lighter to light the rum on fire. Please be careful. Make sure that there is nothing around the pan that is going to catch on fire, including your face. Once the flame burns out, the bananas are ready.

If you’d like you can add a bit of cinnamon into the dessert. It is best to sprinkle the cinnamon over the flames from the rum. This gives the cinnamon a really nice toasted flavour.

Finishing the Dessert

Serve the bananas with vanilla ice cream. That’s it, I told you it was pretty simple.

Bananas Foster

A delicious and boozy adult banana split
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Simple Summer Desserts, Summer Desserts
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 Greenish Bananas
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 oz Dark or Spiced Rum
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon Optional


  • Peel the bananas and cut into quarters.
  • Heat a medium-sized frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the butter to the pan and wait for it to start bubbling.
  • Add the bananas in and cook for about one minute on the cut side then flip and add in the brown sugar.
  • Let cook for about one more minute then add in the rum and cinnamon if you want to use it.
  • Carefully light the rum on fire with a barbecue lighter and cook until the flame burns out.
  • Once the flame is out, put the bananas and sauce on a plate and serve with vanilla ice cream.
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All I can really say about this dessert is that it is absolutely worth making. It comes together so quickly and tastes so amazing. Give it a shot!

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