Baked Eggplant Fries

Sweet potato fries are soooo last year. Eggplant fries are where it’s at.

Baked Eggplant Fries by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree

Yes, I do love potato fries. They’re my junk food weakness. I have to exert amazing willpower whenever I’m at a restaurant and I’m required to choose between a salad and fries. I know the salad is healthier, but when I see those thick-cut fries, crispy and warm, I will almost never say no.

I was that kid in high school who would always order a salad and steal everyone else’s fries.

I still am that kid. I might not technically be a kid anymore, but I’m still a fry thief.

I’m also totally floored by the fact that russet potatoes and sweet potatoes are not the only vegetables that can be turned into fries. Katie does zucchini fries, and Leanne has some pretty wicked looking jicama fries. So why not eggplant?

Baked Eggplant Fries by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree

Eggplant fries are pretty simple to make, and I’d almost consider them a dinner in themselves. With some hummus on the side, I’d say it’s a pretty well-rounded meal.

All you have to do is slice, dip, and bake. Three steps. Easy.

I didn’t peel my eggplant, but I might next time if I feel like being fancy. The peel does become a little chewy on some pieces when it’s baked. However, if you’re strapped on time like the rest of the world, don’t bother.

If you’re sick of the usual potato fries, you have to try eggplant fries. It’s an umami overload.

Baked Eggplant Fries by katyskitchen.ca #vegan #glutenfree

Baked Eggplant Fries
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French fries get a makeover using your favourite purple vegetable
Ingredients
  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons flour (I used quinoa, use any type you wish)
  • 1 teaspoon ground curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • olive oil spray or 1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Slice the eggplant into fry shapes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, curry powder, cumin, and salt with a whisk.
  4. Dip the eggplant fries into the flour mixture to coat them with spices. Place them in a large mixing bowl and drizzle them with olive oil, OR spray with olive oil spray. Place on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the eggplant fries carefully with a fork. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until crispy.
Notes & Substitutions
Serve with hummus to dip

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

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8 Comments Baked Eggplant Fries

  1. Ashley

    While I do loveee sweet potato fries, I like trying different versions. I made zucchini fries last year and now am going to have to try eggplant fries! These look great! Have a great weekend Katy!

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    1. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

      I definitely need to try zucchini fries too, I think that’s my next veggie-turned fry! Have a great weekend yourself :)

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  2. Kelly

    Hehe, I am a sucker for all fries – especially sweet potato fries so these sound wonderful! We love roasted eggplant – especially my lil guy so will definitely have to try this soon :) Thanks for sharing Katy!

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    1. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

      I agree – sweet potato fries were one of those “trends” that deserved all they attention they got – and still get! Roasted eggplant is delicious and it’s great that your kid likes eggplant (I’m not sure if I would have liked it when I was younger!) hopefully he will like the fry version, too :)

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