Skillet Bananas Foster

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Skillet Bananas Foster is an iconic New Orleans dessert that can easily be made at home, impressing your family and friends.

Branded image of bananas foster in a cast iron skillet and a plated bowlful over vanilla ice cream.

How to make bananas foster in a cast iron skillet.

I’m not sure about you, but I’m not overly eager to flambé in my home. My luck, I’ll do it just wrong enough to burn the place down. No live plumes of fire in my version but you’re welcome to in yours.

Get all your ingredients prepped and ready to go. I do not chop the bananas at this time. You know how quickly they turn brown.

This is a great recipe to pull someone else in the kitchen to be your sous chef and help with banana slicing or you can be a bit maniacal and go back and forth between stirring and slicing.

The sauce for bananas foster is being made in a cast iron skillet; a whisk is being used during the high simmer.

Heat your skillet over medium heat. Add the sugar, rum, water, cinnamon, salt, butter, and lemon juice. Whisk until those are fully combined.

You’ll want to whisk frequently until the sugar has fully dissolved and you’re left with this rich, luscious dark sauce. This usually takes 3-5 minutes.

Coin-sliced bananas have been added to sugary sauce.

While you’re frequently whisking, coin slice your bananas. Yes, this can be a lot of back and forth, but again, you’re totally free to slice ahead of time.

Nestle them into the sauce and allow the bananas to cook for a good 3-4 minutes before flipping them over. A spatula works nicely for flipping a lot gently at once or if you’ve got mad chopstick skills, use those to flip fast.

Once they’ve all been flipped, allow the bananas to cook for another 2-3 minutes. They will cook down a bit and be enveloped into the sauce.

There will be a fair amount of sauce to spoon over your ice cream or however you’re eating this Skillet Bananas Foster.

Cooked bananas foster in a cast iron skillet.
Branded image of bananas foster in the skillet with a portion plated over vanilla ice cream in a white bowl garnished with fresh mint.
Bananas foster ready to be served with a wooden spoon.
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5 from 11 votes

Skillet Bananas Foster

Skillet Bananas Foster is an iconic New Orleans dessert that can easily be made at home, impressing your family and friends
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bananas Foster
Servings: 4
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Ned Adams


  • 10-inch cast iron skillet


  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup spiced dark rum
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter cut into fourths
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 bananas ripe; coin-sliced


  • Heat the skillet over medium heat.
  • Combie the sugar, rum, water, cinnamon, salt, butter, and lemon juice and add it to the skillet.
  • Whisk frequently until the sugar has disolved, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Once the sugar has disolved and the sauce and thickend, add the bananas.
  • All the bananas to cook for up to 4 minutes without being disturbed.
  • Flip the bananas, making sure they are fully mixed into the sauce; continue cooking for up to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve over vanilla ice cream and enjoy.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

Dutch Oven Daddy is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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This post was originally published on April 16, 2018 but has been updated with new photography, recipe clarification, and content.

11 replies
  1. Carrie Robinson
    Carrie Robinson says:

    5 stars
    I just love bananas foster- so decadent! And perfect for serving over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a slice of pound cake. 🙂

  2. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    5 stars
    I can’t believe how easy this totally drool worthy dessert is to make. I can’t wait to impress my family with this.


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