Fried Eggplant Strips

Slicing Eggplant

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  • Total: 19 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings

Serve easy fried eggplant strips with your favorite dipping sauce. They make an excellent side dish replacement for fries or as a snack or appetizer.

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese as soon as they're done and serve them with marinara sauce or a tomato salsa. Or sprinkle the fried eggplant strips with Cajun or Creole seasoning and serve them with a Creole sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel the eggplant and cut it into 3-inch strips about 1/2-inch in thickness.

  2. Transfer the eggplant strips to a bowl filled with cold water; add 1 teaspoon of the salt and let stand for 1 hour. Place a heavy bowl, pan, or plate over the eggplant to keep it submerged.

  3. Meanwhile, add about 2 to 3 inches of oil to a deep, heavy saucepan and heat the oil to 370 F. Alternatively, use an electric deep fryer and set the temperature at 370 F.

  4. Preheat the oven to 200 F if you must keep batches warm (see tips, below).

  5. Drain the eggplant strips and pat dry with paper towels.

  6. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the egg, milk and 1 tablespoon salad oil, beat until smooth.

  7. Dip the eggplant pieces in batter and deep fry in about 3 batches in the hot oil until golden brown.

  8. Drain on paper towels; keep warm in the preheated oven, if desired.

Tips

  • Don't crowd the eggplant strips. Frying small batches leaves room for the food to move freely and cook evenly, and it prevents the oil temperature from dropping.
  • If you are making several batches to serve all at once, line a baking sheet with paper towels and keep finished eggplant fries in a preheated 200 F oven while you fry subsequent batches.