Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries

We love eggplant in this house!  I can't count how many different ways I've prepared it; baked, grilled, pickled, roasted, stuffed, fried, sautéed (in rata
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We love eggplant in this house!  I can’t count how many different ways I’ve prepared it; baked, grilled, pickled, roasted, stuffed, fried, sautéed (in ratatouille, yum!), and most recently, transformed into “fries”.

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Why “eggplant” fries, you say?  Well, why not?!  I’m a big fan of reinventing traditional fare with new and (sometimes) improved versions.  I’ve already transformed them into Tofu Fries, so why not try another substitution?  Besides, with its meaty texture, eggplant is the perfect substitute for regular “potato” fries.  (Not to mention that this version is MUCH crunchier and healthier.)

For the record, my risk in the kitchen was well worth it…these were a big hit with my hubby and the kids!

Ingredients
1 medium eggplant
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs of choice (I used gluten-free)
* If you use seasoned breadcrumbs omit the extra thyme and oregano.
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. oregano
2 eggs, whisked
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel eggplant, remove top and bottom then cut in half lengthwise into 1-2 inch slices. Cut each slice in half (horizontally) then slice into 5-6 pieces (depending on how thin or thick you prefer the fries).

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Whisk eggs in a small bowl with Parmesan.

Place breadcrumbs in a large plate, add thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper, and mix to combine.

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Prepare an “assembly line” of your ingredients:  eggplant in a plate, eggs in a small bowl, and breadcrumbs in a large (flat) plate.

* TIP: To avoid VERY messy fingers (you’re going to get messy anyway!), use one hand to dip the eggplant into the egg mixture and then the other to toss the eggplant in the breadcrumbs.

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Place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes per side, or until browned and fork tender.

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Serve with ketchup or with your favourite dip such as chipotle mayo, hummus or (in our case) homemade guacamole!

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If you like this recipe (and LOVE eggplant) why not also try Sautéed Eggplant Puree with Herbs de Provence or Eggplant Parmesan Pasta.

Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries written by Lisa Codina average rating 4.5/5 - 4 user ratings
  • Michelle

    I made these the other night and they were fabulous. Very moist. Super easy too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.corda.37 Lisa Corda

      Thanks for the feedback! We love them!!!

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    We make eggplants this way too! My kids love it with ketchup or honey-mustard dip. This is definitely a must-try for homemakers like us!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Ketchup is always a winner, lol! I hadn’t thought of a honey-mustard dip…yum!!

  • Alli Smith

    Yum! I’ve had eggplant several ways, but I haven’t had them as crispy fries. I’m going to make them this weekend.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I could eat them every which way….my favourite way is pickled!

  • Saving Common Cents

    This is just what I was looking for! I have this one crazed zucchini plant in our garden this year that is spewing dozens of zucchinis! lol I love that it is a baked version!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Lucky you!!! I’ve made the same recipe with zucchini and they were delicious. I also have a recipe for zucchini Parmesan medallions on my Blog you might want to try!

  • Jeanette

    I have never been a bog fan or eggplant, but I bet that I would love these! Anything that comes out of the oven looking like this I would be all over. I will give eggplant another try!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      How have you eaten them? They tend to be bitter and also retain a lot of water so the cooking method makes a hige difference in how they taste!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Those look delicious! I love this healthy take on fries.

  • http://ciasays.com CiaSays

    I’ve never tried eggplant before but I do enjoy the photo recap. That way, if I ever muster up enough courage to try this recipe it will be as easy as scrolling this post. :)

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Thanks, I do keep that in mind when preparing recipes. I think the photo recaps really help!

  • http://www.treatsbytanya.com/ Tanya Coffman

    With harvest season around the corner – I can see us making this often. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.lizventures.com/ Liz Mays

    I just have to try this for myself. It would be nice change of pace to have these as a side.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Actually, I don’t make this specifically for the kids…I love eggplant but I also like to switch it up every now and again!

  • Ogiro1

    can’t wait to try these!! I have an eggplant in my fridge right now, and now I know what I’m going to do with it!!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Great! Hope you love them as much as we do!

  • chubskulit

    That’s a great idea of preparing an eggplant as eggplant absobs too much oilk when fried. I will do this soon with my eggplant here.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Yes, it does…although it’s delicious when fried, lol! These are definitely much lighter and not oily at all!!

  • Mykidsguide

    I love eggplant and what a great idea to prepare it. I love that this is baked. I can’t wait to try this.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I have made these fried before and I have to admit…I’m a sucker for the fried ones!!

  • rika agustini

    My husband loves eggplant. Ill try this recipe this weekend. looks yummy

  • Rebecca Swenor

    We love eggplant so this is a perfect recipe for me for sure. I will be making these this weekend. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Great! I’d love some feedback!

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Yum. These look so good. I haven’t ever had eggplant before, but these? I’m pretty sure I could enjoy.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Eggplant is such a great option for vegetarians or vegans because it has a really meaty texture. I make it often because I don’t meat (my husband does) but he also really enjoys eggplant!

  • Lynn Dee

    I love eggplant too and I actually made eggplant fries before using Giada’s recipe. I will have to try your recipe too. Looks yummy!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I’m sure if Giada made them they were delicious! Was the recipe similar?? ;-)

  • Tracy Iglesias

    I have never tried “eggplant” fries before, thanks for sharing this, I am going to try this one, and with Guac too!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I love that combo! I’ve also served them with a garlic, sriracha aioli!

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I have never tried eggplant fries before. This looks like a delicious recipe. I will have to give it a try.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I don’t think many people have…it’s a but unconventional! Of course, they are much healthier than regular fries ;-)

  • Irish Chik

    Now I have never thought about using eggplant to make baked fries. They have some on sale this week for 99c. I am going to have to grab a couple and try this.

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      You should try this! I’ve also made sweet potatoes and zucchini like this!

  • Kate

    These look amazing! I never know how to cook eggplant, but this looks super easy! Thanks!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      I usually just saute eggplant in a frying pan with garlic, olive oil, and fresh basil and parsley. The kids prefer this recipe though ;-)

  • Kelly Hutchinson

    What a clever way to make eggplant! I have never tried this before, but you can rest assured, I am going to!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Thank you! It’s amazing what kids will eat if it looks interesting or fun to play with, lol!

  • http://www.tothemotherhood.com/ HilLesha O’Nan

    Much as I would love to like it, I just can’t really get into eggplant for some reason. This looks really good, though!

    • http://www.bitesforbabies.com Lisa @Bitesforbabies

      Have you tried it prepared different ways? I find that makes a huge difference! What about in a ratatouille?? ;-)

  • http://artpark78.com/blog1 yonawilliams

    I’ve only made eggplant in a few different ways…definitely haven’t utilized its potential as of yet. I can totally see myself making and lovin’ these.

  • http://makeupandflats.com Ashleigh

    I love that you say it’s very crunchy! That is a texture that my kids crave so this might just be passable for them!

  • Adrienne

    I have always wanted to use eggplant in a recipe, but I’ve never known what to make. These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  • Erin Shebish

    Those look scrumptious! I bet even my eggplant hating husband would eat them, lol!

  • mommamellon

    You never disappoint me with your delicious looking and sounding recipes. I have had plain eggplant before in the past and wasn’t fond of it but this makes me want to try it again. :)

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Look these fries sound delicious!!! I’m always looking for new ways to use eggplant. Will have to give this a try :)