Eggplant Fritters

Eggplant fritters
Skillet eggplant fritters

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
226 Calories
22g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 54mg 1%
*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.)

These easy eggplant fritters can be deep-fried or cooked in a smaller amount of oil in a skillet. The eggplant is mashed and mixed with a small amount of flour and an egg to make the easy batter. 

Serve these tasty eggplant fritters with salsa or a Creole-style sauce. For sweet fritters, omit the pepper and add a few tablespoons of sugar to the mixture; serve with powdered sugar.

The recipe is easily doubled or tripled.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 medium eggplant, mashed, about 1 cup

  • 1 dash salt

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

Steps to Make It

  1. In a deep, heavy saucepan or skillet, heat about 3 inches of vegetable oil to 370 F.

  2. Peel, slice, and cook eggplant in boiling salted water until tender; drain thoroughly and mash.

  3. In a bowl, beat the egg. Add 1 cup of mashed eggplant, flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and butter. Mix until well blended.

  4. Drop the batter by spoonful into the hot fat and fry until golden brown. Fry about 4 to 6 at a time, depending on the size of the pan and amount of oil.  Don't crowd them. Remove with a metal slotted spoon to the paper towels to drain. 

Tips

  • Small batches are necessary to keep the temperature of the oil from dropping too low. 
  • If you are going to serve them all at once, have the oven preheated to 200 F. Keep batches warm in the oven while frying the remaining fritters.
  • The fritters may also be fried like pancakes. Fry them in a skillet with just enough oil to keep them from sticking. Flip to brown both sides.