Baked Eggplant Fries

These eggplant fries aren’t the prettiest thing to look at, but they are tasty and healthier than regular fries.

I had them once at a restaurant and loved the concept but found the deep fried version far too oily, especially since the eggplant acts like a sponge, soaking up all the grease. This baked version doesn’t have that issue. It’s got a crispy coating from the panko breadcrumbs and it makes a tasty snack.

It was the perfect balance to all the slices of chocolate cake I also ate this weekend. Well, sort of a balance. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I took a rare break from my normal weekend routine.

We didn’t run a million errands, or try to do all the endless items on our to-do list, or work on the house (it’s been a year, we are still not completely unpacked). Instead, we just relaxed and did almost nothing. Okay, I actually did a lot of cooking, but it was the relaxing kind of cooking. It was really nice to unwind and recharge.

And making these eggplant fries were pretty stress-free. You just dip them in eggs, roll them in panko breadcrumbs and bake. And you’re done. I served them with honey mustard and also marinara sauce.

Baked Eggplant Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 small Chinese eggplants
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (you can use Italian seasoned ones for more flavor or plain ones)
  • 1 extra large egg, gently whisked
  • salt and pepper as needed
  • marinara or honey mustard for dipping

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Slice eggsplant into spears, about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.

3. Dip eggplant spears into whisked egg and then roll in breadcrumbs. A lot of the breadcrumbs will likely slip off, but that's okay. You just want them to have a light crispy coating. Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining eggplant.

4. Bake for about 20 minutes or until panko breadcrumbs turn a light brown. If you are using unseasoned breadcrumbs, sprinkle with salt and pepper as needed. Serve with marinara or honey mustard sauce.

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2 comments on “Baked Eggplant Fries”

  1. TC and I want to make this. She is experimenting with vegetarianism and this would be a good recipe for her to try.

    • I hope you two enjoy! the breadcrumbs can be a little frustrating because they dont like to stick on. I would make sure to really soak the eggplant in egg and then lightly roll it around the panko a few times.

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