Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli

Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli

by Kristen on May 16, 2012

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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Doneta Smith

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!

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Kristen

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!

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Noemi

Awesome! sounds amazing! Gonna try em this week :)

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Kristen

Hey Noemi,

I hope you do! I think you are going to love them :)

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April McLean

Mmmm, these look like little sticks of heaven! Can’t wait to try them.

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Kristen

Hey April,

Lol they are just like little sticks of heaven!

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Jennifer Bradley

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!

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Kristen

Hi Jennifer,

I love eggplant too!

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Hanna

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

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Kristen

Hey Hanna,

I looked up Tortang Talong and it looks delicious! Thank you for the suggestion :)

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Hanna

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)

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Wendy

Ooo…I love eggplant! Please enter me in the draw!

Thank you!
Wendy

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Kristen

Hey Wendy,

I love eggplant too! You’re entered into the draw. Good luck!

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donna

Yum. I’ll have to try these this summer.

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Kristen

Hey Dona,

I hope you love these too!

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Renuka

Eggplant is my absolute favourite, and this one I’m going to try very, very soon! Looks delicious!

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Kristen

Hey Renuka,

I love it too! Hope you like these as much as I do :)

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nestra

I think I have to make this! I love eggplant and this sounds so tasty!

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Kristen

Hey Nestra,

I hope you end up making them. THey are delicious!

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Angela

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

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Kristen

Thanks, Angela! I totally agree, I love eggplants too :)

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Nina

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

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Kristen

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 :)

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Sue

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!

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Kristen

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 :)

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kankana

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 ;)

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Kristen

Hi Kankana,

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

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Sam

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 :)

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Kristen

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. :)

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tracy

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! ;-)

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Kristen

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 :)

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Vita @ Juicer Depot

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?

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Kristen

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.

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Bruce

ANOTHER winner. Wow ! They were fantastic – and I dont even like eggplant. Until now!!

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Kristen

So happy they turned out for you!

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Madeline

Eggplants are my favorite and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare them! How exciting!

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Kristen

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 :)

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Rosie

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 :)

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Kristen

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

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Morgan J

I am very picky about how I like eggplant and these sounds great!

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Kristen

Hey Morgan,

If you like zucchini fries you will love these! They’re very similar :)

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Faith

Eggplant fries? Eggplant bacon? I’m in love. Sign me up!

Faith

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Kristen

Hey Faith,

I’m stoked to try the eggplant bacon too!

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Brittany

So excited to try these!!! Love baking regular fries and these are even healthier!

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Kristen

Hey Brittany,

I love regular fries too and it’s even better if they are healthier!

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Lyric

Yum looks great! Just wondering, should i soak the eggplant before?

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Kristen

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 :)

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lisa

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

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Kristen

You are so welcome, Lisa!!

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Georgette Jupe

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!

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debi

http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/beguni

We use a lot of brinjals in Indian food. Pl try these fritters made with gram flour.

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Kristen

That recipe also looks delicious! I will be trying it for sure. Thanks, Debi!

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ana

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!

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suzanne

I love eggplant

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Kristen

Me too!!

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Vinny Grette

I’ve been looking for a recipe for eggplant that kids might like – this looks like it might be it!

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Kristen

I hope this one works for your kids!

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James

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!

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Kristen

Hi James,

That’s a great idea about using some garlic infused oil. I’m going to try that next time for sure!!

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Marg Evaschuk

I will definitely try this recipe soon…looks so delicious. I am always looking for good
eggplant recipes.

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Kristen

Hi Marg,

I’d love to hear what you think of this dish. It is one of my favourites!

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Elissa

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!

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Abaigeal

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!

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Kristen

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!

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Kim B

Those look delicous! I am going to make them :-)

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Mini

I am a vegan…is their an alternative to eggs in this recipe….I m so tempted to try thi!!!!

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Kristen

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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