Bananas Flambe

Cooking with fire is fun, as long as you’re careful. It impresses guests, it adds great flavor, and you get to light stuff on fire! This recipe is simple, the key steps being making sure to coat the spices in butter before adding the alcohol, turning the flame off before adding alcohol, then letting the alcohol heat up for 5 seconds, and lighting the edge of the pan with either the stove flame or a long match or bbq igniter. Feel free to try peaches flambe, substitute nutmeg and clove for the ginger and cardamom, even use spiced rum instead of dark rum and amaretto. It’s very versatile, and how can you go wrong with fruit, butter, spices, and alcohol?


Bananas Flambe

A simple banana desert with butter, rum, and spices.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 333 kcal
Author Cooking Madly


  • 2 bananas
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • .5 tsp ginger
  • .5 tsp cardamom
  • 1.5 oz dark rum
  • 0.5 oz amaretto


  1. Slice bananas in half, then again in half lengthwise

  2. Melt butter in a skillet on medium high heat. Once butter is melted, add bananas, flat side down.

  3. Mix together spices and sprinkle over bananas.

  4. Flip bananas to coat spices in butter.

  5. Turn off heat, add dark rum and amaretto, and cook for 5 seconds to heat through and start evaporation.

  6. Turn heat back on medium-high, and light with stovetop flame or long bbq igniter, making sure to ignite the edge of the pan rather than the center, and keeping hair and sleeves away from flame.

  7. Cook, shaking pan, until alcohol has burned off and sauce has thickened, about 30 seconds. Turn off heat.

  8. Place bananas on a plate and top with sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Bananas Flambe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 154mg 6%
Potassium 422mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 16g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 12.2%
Vitamin C 12.4%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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