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Fried Eggplant Fritters

Quick and easy fried eggplant fritters with honey mustard dipping sauce make a perfect appetizer or snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Eggplant Fries, Eggplant Fritte, Fried Eggplant
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Anecia Hero - SmartyPantsKitchen


Fried Eggplant

  • 1 large eggplant peeled and sliced
  • 2 whole eggs lightly beaten
  • 2-2 1/2 cups Italian seasoned panko crumbs
  • 1 cup oil high heat oil: canola, vegetable, peanut or grapeseed
  • 1/2 salt to soak eggplant
  • shredded Parmesan Optional

Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt can substitute with mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • pinch salt


Fried Eggplant Instructions

  • Using a sharp knife, remove purple skin from eggplant
  • Cut eggplant in half lengthwise (or rounds--see Recipe Notes)
  • In a large pan, place eggplant and cover with water; generously sprinkle salt over eggplant and water; place saucers on top of eggplant to prevent it from floating
  • Leave eggplant in salted water for about 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile, set up dredging station: using two pie plates, place two lightly beaten eggs in one plate; in the other place the seasoned panko crumbs
  • After eggplant has soaked, pat dry with a paper towel.
  • In a heavy-bottom skillet, add oil and bring heat to medium high
  • Take one eggplant strip and dip it into the egg, coating it well; then dredge it in the panko crumbs. Pat the crumbs onto the eggplant
  • Place coated eggplant in hot oil and allow to cook for 3 minutes
  • Flip eggplant and cook another minute, or until golden brown
  • Remove eggplant from oil and place on paper towel; lightly garnish with grated Parmesan (optional)
  • Repeat with remaining eggplant (I cook mine in batches of 3-4, depending upon how big the eggplant strips are--don't crowd them!)
  • Serve with honey mustard dipping sauce if desired


  • Fried eggplant can be cut into circles, or rounds, if desired; it doesn't really matter how you slice it. 
  • For a gluten-free version, try using corn meal instead of bread crumbs. 


Calories: 100kcal