Greek Batter-Fried Eggplant Recipe

Batter-fried eggplant
Jim Stanfield
Ratings (14)
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
180 Calories
4g Fat
32g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4
Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1812mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Protein 7g
Calcium 74mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Eggplant is a common ingredient in Greek cuisine and is cooked in several different ways. In this recipe for batter-fried eggplant (in Greek: μελιτζάνες τηγανητές, pronounced meh-leed-ZAH-nes tee-ghah-nee-TES), slices of the vegetable are coated in a thick batter and then deep-fried until golden and crispy—ideal as a side dish, or an appetizer (or meze) with a cucumber yogurt sauce on the side for dipping.

Eggplant is notorious for absorbing as much olive oil as possible, so this recipe, which calls for quick frying in hot oil, is a good choice since the eggplant doesn't have enough time to get soggy. Use a cheese slicer, mandoline, or long-bladed knife to get uniformly thin slices. One of the ingredients is soda water, which helps to create a batter that puffs up when fried—the bubbles in the water create pockets of air that expand in heat, resulting in a light texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, trimmed, unpeeled, and sliced into strips 1/8- to 1/16-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 8 ounces soda water
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (sea salt preferred)
  • Oil for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Put eggplant slices in a bowl, cover with the 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and let sit 20 to 25 minutes. A liquid will accumulate at the bottom of the bowl—pour this off before dipping eggplant in the batter.

  2. To make the batter, pour the soda water into a bowl, and stir in flour and salt slowly, using a whisk or fork to mix.

  3. Bring oil to high heat in a large pot. Coat eggplant in the batter, and using a fork, place pieces in the oil and fry 5 to 6 minutes, until golden on both sides and batter puffs up.

  4. Drain on absorbent paper toweling just long enough to remove excess oil. Serve hot.