Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli

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Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli
Crispy Eggplant Fries? Yep, you read that correctly. You’ve heard of heard of zucchini fries, or mozza sticks or even jalapeño poppers, right? Eggplant French fries are along the same lines, but even tastier. In my opinion they’re better than any regular French fry I’ve ever eaten.

When Grace Wilders asked me to review her cookbook 57 Easy and Delicious Eggplant Recipes I thought, “57 eggplant recipes!? Is that even possible?” I like eggplant but coming up with 57 different eggplant recipes seemed like quite the feat. Until now my eggplant repertoire has been limited to baba ganoush and eggplant parmesan.

Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli

Even though the 57 Easy and Delicious Eggplant Recipes are laid out in three sections from easiest, medium difficulty and more complex, none of the recipes are overly difficult. Make sure you try the Greek Yogurt Eggplant Salad and the Olive and Eggplant Spread, both are delicious. Unfortunately there are no photos to entice you to make the recipes. It’s a shame since every recipe I’ve made I enjoyed and will definitely make again. On my list to try are the Fried Eggplant “Meatballs” and the Eggplant Bacon, both are vegetarian and sound amazing.

Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli

To win a free copy of Grace Wilders e-cookbook 57 Easy and Delicious Eggplant Recipes, leave a comment and 1 winner will be selected at random. Contest closes June 1st. Good luck! Contest closed.

4.7 from 11 reviews
Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli
 
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These crispy eggplant fries are even better than the real thing. They're easy to make, healthy and your kids will love them!
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Recipe type: Snack / Appetizer / Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium
  • 1 eggplant, cut into ½ inch strips
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (I used panko)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Sauce for dipping: ketchup, marinara, chipotle aioli
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to highest temperature. Lightly coat a baking sheet with oil.
  2. Mix cheese, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and garlic salt in a medium sized bowl. In another small bowl, beat the two eggs
  3. Dredge eggplant strips first in the egg then in the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Place eggplants on oiled baking sheet. Spray the tops lightly with oil (I skipped this step)
  5. Place tray on the top level in the oven and broil for 3 minutes. Turn eggplant fries and broil for another 2 minutes.
  6. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce.
Notes
To make the chipotle aioli combine a good quality mayo with adobo sauce (the sauce in the jars of chipotle peppers) and a little salt and lemon juice.

 

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Comments

  1. Doneta Smith says

    These look delicious, but would appreciate a more specific oven temp. Your ‘highest temperature’ could be different from mine. Later in the recipe it says to broil them. So should I turn on the broiler instead of preheating the oven? Thanks!

    • Kristen says

      Hi Doneta,

      I made these twice and used a different oven temp each time. The first time I had them on a lower rack in the oven at 375 and the second time I broiled them on the top shelf. Both times they turned out great so here is obviously a lot of flexibility in how you bake them. Just keep a closer eye on them if you are broiling them :) Hope you love them as much as I did!

  2. Jennifer Bradley says

    Omg a whole cookbook dedicated to eggplant!?! How exciting. Thanks for the opportunity to win in. I stumbled across your blog through tastespotting and love what I see!

  3. Hanna says

    I love eggplant and everything eggplant-y! I want this book so much! :D Recommend you Filipino Tortang Talong, very lovely breakfast dish :))))

      • Hanna says

        I am so thrilled, it’s sooooo awesome to wake up and learn I won the book! It is the first time I won anything from a blog competition, and it is a book about the veggie I love so much!!! Now I will definitely do every recipe in there, one by one, and eat it until the last bite, looking at my eggplant-hating boyfriend :) So good. I passed by your blog just once, saw this awesome give-away and quite frankly forgot about it until today morning. But I am quite sure now I will drop more often, your other recipes look so good too! Have a nice day and a lot of inspiration! :D
        oh, my booooooooooooook :D (I am still thrilledly speachless)

  4. Angela says

    I love eggplant! it’s a great alternative to meat or potatoes especially because they’re so hearty. And your photos are awesome

  5. says

    Wow…never did I think of making eggplant fries…looks delicious. Great idea…looks fantastic. First time here you have a great blog.

    • Kristen says

      Thanks, Nina! I’d love to take credit for coming up with the idea but it is from Grace Wilders’ book 57 Easy and Delicious Eggplant Recipes. She’s the genius :)

  6. says

    Hi! I found you through foodgawker.com. These look delicious! I’ve been a vegetarian for almost four years now and I think it’s high time my family started eating more veggies as well! This is the perfect recipe. Thanks, and I’m going to check out 57 Easy and Delicious Eggplant Recipes!

    • Kristen says

      Hey Sue,

      Eggplant is one of those veggies I tend to forget about too, but I love it whenever I eat it. Definitely check out her cookbook, it’s a great reference cookbook for eggplants :)

  7. says

    I have huge eggplant in the refrigerator and while I was planning on making a roasted eggplant dip .. i think i would rater indulge in the crispy version that you shared ;)

    • Kristen says

      Hi Kankana,

      I love a roasted eggplant dip, but these fries are just too good. Hope you love them too!

  8. Sam says

    These eggplant fries look so good! I can’t imagine what they will taste like ~ have to give this recipe a go. Thanks for sharing, Kristen :)

    • Kristen says

      Hi Sam,

      You are going to love them. They’re super crispy with just enough softness on the inside. The taste is mostly from the spices you put in the panko mixture. :)

  9. tracy says

    I love eggplant, but my family does not. This might be a healthy way to convince them to at least give it a try.

    (Because, if I fried it and put it on a stick they probably would! ;-)

    • Kristen says

      Lol eggplant can definitely be a hard sell for some. Do they like zucchini fries? If so I’m sure they’ll love eggplant fries. And they’re healthy too since they’re baked and have hardly any oil :)

  10. says

    57 Eggplant recipes is a lot. I don’t even have one eggplant recipe in my recipe box. It is awesome to cook a variety of ingredients instead of the same old veggies. Are they mostly healthy recipes?

    • Kristen says

      It is amazing how much you can do with an eggplant! Yes they are mostly really healthy. I got a lot of inspiration from her book.

    • Kristen says

      Hey Madeline,

      I always love them too but often get stuck preparing them the same few ways. Was so great to get some more inspiration from Grace Wilders’ book :)

  11. Rosie says

    Eggplant is one of my favourite indulgences and I’m always looking for new recipes – my experience with them has also been limited to a couple of dishes. Can’t wait to head down to the farmers market to get myself an eggplant and try these!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Kristen says

      You’re welcome, Rosie! I always love having an ingredient prepared in a way I had never thought of before. Hope you enjoy them!

    • Kristen says

      Hey Lyric,

      No definitely don’t soak the eggplant. Just dip the pieces in the egg to coat them before putting them in the breadcrumb mixture :)

  12. lisa says

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I made it using 1 tablespoon fresh herbs and dipped in a chipotle/mayo sauce. Delicious!!

  13. says

    wow, that a fantastic recipe. brava! I have been looking for different ways to use eggplants and this was one of the best yet. Even my Italian boyfriend was impressed ;-) , keep up the great recipes!

  14. ana says

    Hi! if I’m making these in the day but am taking them to a dinner should I reheat them or do these have to be served immediately?? thank you!

  15. James says

    Wow, this recipe is amazing. I tried it by the book and was amazing. I also tried doing them on a pan with some garlic infused oil. I really recommend it, the eggplant becomes really light while the outside becomes really crispy and golden brown.

    I’m ordering the book ASAP

    Greetings from Mexico!

  16. says

    Writing from Indonesia where I’m limited in the veggies available but eggplants are local so I found you :) Appreciate you posting, I’m excited to try ‘em out!

  17. says

    Hi, I tried eggplant fries at a restaurant last night, and they were really terrific. They told me that they order theirs pre-prepped from Sysco Foods, though. I like particularly like that you suggest different sauces (the dish at the restaurant came with marinara, but I like the chipotle aioli idea). Can’t wait to give this a try!

    • says

      Hey Abaigeal,

      Ya Sysco does provide a lot of pre made food that restaurants serve. Don’t worry though, they’re really easy to make!

    • says

      Hi Mini,

      So the eggs are used to help hold the bread crumbs to the eggplant. You could try just wetting them with a little water and see if that works. You might just have to press the bread crumbs onto the eggplants a little harder. Also, if you have some nutritional yeast that always makes a good vegan substitute for parmesan :)

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