Green “Fig” Pie

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Appears in

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

  • About

This is not so much a pie as it is a casserole, and the figs are, in fact, unripe regular bananas since in Trinidad “fig” is the common term for a banana. Although the use of banana might indicate this is a dessert, it is far from it. Instead, Green Fig Pie is yet another clever use of a relatively bland provision for a side dish.


  • 2 pounds green bananas
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon green seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup plain dry breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an ovenproof 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Peel the bananas. If they are difficult to peel, trim the stem ends and score the skin from end to end with a sharp knife. Score three times around the banana, then peel away the skin between the score marks.
  3. Cut the bananas into 1-inch pieces and place in a bowl with 1 cup of water and the lime juice. Toss well, drain, and then place banana pieces in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Simmer until the bananas are tender, about 25 minutes.
  4. Drain and place the bananas in a deep bowl while still hot. Add the milk, butter, onion, garlic, green seasoning, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and the black pepper, and mash well.
  5. Pour the banana mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs evenly on top, and bake until the crumbs are golden brown and the filling is heated through, about 20 minutes.