Brennan’s Banana Foster

Banana Foster was originally created by Brennan’s, and it is hard to make this recipe any better.  Butter, caramlized bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and different types of liquer make this a true delight.

Brennan's Banana Foster

Brennan’s Banana Foster

Brennan's Banana Foster

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Dessert Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Brennan's Banana Foster

Don't miss this New Orleans classic dessert. A rich decedent sauce is poured over vanilla ice cream.


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur
  • 4 bananas, cut in half
  • lengthwise, then halved
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream


Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet. Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan. When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.


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  • PhotoMatt

    Close… but no cigar. I worked at Brennan’s and made this dish nightly for years. No need for that much butter….. about a 1/4 of what you’re calling for will do. Waiters at Brennan’s generally use 1-2 pats of butter. Also, don’t wait til the brown sugar dissolves to add the liqueur. About 20-30 seconds is more than enough time to wait before you add liqueur. And if you’re going to make this… you need a bit more flourish. Be sure to save some cinnamon on the side to toss into the flames after it ignites. 😉

    • Stephanie

      Wow, only 1 to 2 pats of butter. I am glad the waiters in Houston use a little more 😉 Good to know about the flourish! If you haven’t been there, they shake a little cinnamon into the flame so everyone can watch it spark.

  • Dolores

    Oh My gosh! Who eve posted this recipe must be a mind reader. I have wished

    for this recipe for many years. If you ever go to New Orleans, a trip to Brennan’s

    is a absolute must. Please try to Banana Foster. The Mint Julep wasn’t my thing.

    The atmosphere was perfect. Go during the winter months.

  • joe

    mmm. yummy. this is making me hungry.