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Perfectly Fried Eggplant – Recipe 🍆

Fried eggplant makes a great side dish or appetizer. It's tender and creamy on the inside and super crispy on the outside!

I love fried eggplant! My mom used to make it for me growing up as a side with basil pesto farfalle. It’s super crispy on the outside and creamy and tender on the inside. This recipe is easy and can be used as a side dish or appetizer; you can serve it so many different ways – on a sandwich, with a dipping sauce like aoili or tomato sauce or as eggplant parm!


  • 1 large eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick (you can remove seeds if you want)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • Sea salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Set up your breading station as shown above. From left to right it should be flour, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a dutch oven or frying pan over medium heat. 
  3. Dip sliced eggplant in flour and coat completely.
  4. Next, fully submerge in egg wash.
  5. Finally, coat the eggplant in breadcrumbs. 
  6. Submerge coated eggplant in hot oil and fry both sides until golden brown.
  7. Place fried eggplant on a dish covered with a layer of paper towels and salt immediately. 
  8. Serve fried eggplant as you like!

Fried eggplant with pecorino romano and arugula fresh from the garden!

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