These easy to make Crispy Eggplant Fries are insanely delicious. They are coated in panko and parmesan and oven baked till crisp. They're perfect as a simple, family-friendly side dish recipe or game day appetizer. You'd NEVER guess that they are made with eggplants!

Also, make sure to try our herb and garlic carrot fries and our loaded Mexican food truck nacho fries that are made with sweet potatoes!

Eggplant fries piled high on a plate with a side of chipotle mayo.

Baked Eggplant Fries

What sounds like a seriously strange recipe, is actually totally delicious. Have you had zucchini fries before? Ya, these are WAY better. Like, five hundred thousand times better. And I like zucchini fries!

I remember loving the recipe when I first made it. I swore to myself that I would always and forever eat eggplant fries every day for the rest of my life. Then life happened. New recipes needed to be created. New favorites were found. Somehow along the way, these eggplant fries got buried and (shame on me) forgotten.

Then one day I returned here and realized that never again would I forget about eggplant fries.

Now we make this recipe regularly. It's a hit with my daughter and they're a great side dish with nearly any main course. My whole family loves them!

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A closeup of super crispy baked eggplant fries.

After you cut the strips of eggplant into fry-like wedges, you dip them in egg then coat them in panko and parmesan. They get quickly broiled in your oven and come out as crispy, cheesy, bites that you can dip in mayo or ketchup just like a regular French fry.

Only these are so much tastier than any potato fry I've ever eaten.

Can you promise me you'll make them? Even my eggplant-not-loving handsome man was all over these. I'm pretty sure that if you hide the fact that they're eggplant from a skeptic they'll try to steal yours off your plate when you're not looking.

A hand dipping an eggplant fry into some chipotle mayo dip.

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.

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.

Eggplant fries piled high on a plate.

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Eggplant fries piled high on a plate with a side of chipotle mayo.

Crispy Eggplant Fries with Chipotle Aioli

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These easy to make Crispy Eggplant Fries are insanely delicious. They are coated in panko and parmesan and oven baked till crisp. They're perfect as a simple, family-friendly side dish recipe or game day appetizer. You'd NEVER guess that they are made with eggplants!


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Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants, cut into (1/2-inch) strips
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or panko (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

Chipotle aioli:

  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Small squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Set an oven rack in the top third of your oven. Preheat the oven to the highest temperature. Lightly coat a baking sheet with oil.
  2. Stir the chipotle aioli ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Mix the breadcrumbs, parmesan, oregano, and garlic salt in a medium-sized bowl. In another bowl, whisk the two eggs with a small splash of water.
  4. Dredge the eggplant strips first in the egg then in the breadcrumb mixture. (Using 1 hand for the egg and the other for the breadcrumbs makes this a lot less messy) Place the eggplants on the oiled baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil.
  5. Place the eggplants in the oven and broil for 5 minutes. Turn the eggplant fries over and broil for another 4-5 minutes, or until they are crispy and brown. Keep a close eye on them if your oven broils at more that 500 degrees.
  6. Serve with some chipotle aioli on the side for dipping.