Fried Eggplant in electric skillet shallow frying

The Best Fried Eggplant

Fried Eggplant in electric skillet shallow frying

The Best Fried Eggplant

Panko bread crumbs create the crunchy coating for these perfect "shallow fried" eggplant. Shallow frying gives you the "crunch" factor without the food absorbing an excessive amount of oil. Cooked eggplant can also be frozen for a quick snack or appetizer later.
Note: Recipe is based on a "Small" eggplant, which is 6 slices. Scale recipe for eggplant(s) that are larger (i.e. a large eggplant which is 11-12 slices, you need to double the rest of the ingredients).
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Diet Green, Low Carb, Low Fat, Low Sodium
Servings 6 slices
Cost $.50 each slice
Sodium 177 mg

Equipment

  • Electric Skillet

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

Dredging Station:

  • You will need 3 shallow dishes. (Re-use those Pie Plates that come with restaurant pies.)
    1) Cornstarch
    2) Beat egg with ¼-teaspoon salt
    3) Panko bread crumbs and Italian seasoning
    Dredge each slice of eggplant in cornstarch, then egg mixture, then panko crumbs. Place coated eggplant on a wire rack. Allow the coating to set for 20 minutes.
    Fried Eggplant dredging station

Fry the Eggplant:

  • An electric skillet works best since you can control the temperature. Or, a heavy bottom skillet with straight sides can also work.
    Heat ½-inch of oil to 375°F. Fry the eggplant for 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Do no overcrowd pan. Drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
    Serve with the marinara sauce.

Make Ahead:

  • Cooked eggplant can be frozen for up to 3 months.
    Cool cooked eggplant slices to room temperature. Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer with at least 1-inch between slice. Freeze for 2-4 hours. Store frozen slices in a freezer storage bag, removing as much air as possible.
    Re-heating in a toaster oven will keep the crunch, but a microwave is still good.
    Toaster Oven: From frozen, heat for 15 minutes at 375°F.
    Microwave: From frozen, microwave on high for 1-2 minutes per side.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Fried Eggplant
Amount per Serving
Calories
133
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Cholesterol
 
28
mg
9
%
Sodium
 
177
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
8
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Carb Count
 
1.5
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Freezer Meals, Heart Healthy, Meatless Meals, Snack Ideas, Vegetable Dishes
Food Groups ***Starch = .5 serving, Vegetable = 1 serving
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