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Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries – Gluten-Free


  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries that are gluten-free and so easy to make! Chickpea breadcrumbs stuck to soft and tasty eggplant all baked to oven-fried perfection and matched with a delicious marinara dipping sauce!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 medium eggplant (cut into french fry shapes)
  • 2 cups gluten-free/panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs (lightly whisked)
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 
  2. Place the whisked eggs into a shallow bowl and season them with a little salt and pepper. Place the breadcrumbs into another shallow bowl, add the parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs and toss to combine.
  3. Dredge each eggplant fry in the egg then the breadcrumbs and place it in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Continue until you have dredged all of the eggplant. Make sure to lay the breaded eggplant in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Spray the eggplant with olive oil cooking spray and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning the fries over halfway through to get both sides nice and crispy. 
  5. Remove, sprinkle with salt and fresh chives or parsley. Plate and serve warm with your favorite marinara. 

Notes

  • Try your best to cut the eggplant into even-sized shapes so they all cook at a similar time.
  • You can use any kind of breadcrumbs. I just used gluten-free but you can also use panko.
  • This recipe also works well with zucchini to make zucchini fries.
  • Add some extra flavor by seasoning the breadcrumbs with one tablespoon of oregano or dried basil.
  • To make these in the air-fryer:  Preheat the air-fryer to 390 degrees.  Spray the basket with cooking spray, place the breaded eggplant into the air-fryer basket in a single layer, spray them with olive oil cooking spray and cook in batches for 6-8 minutes,  turning them over halfway through the cooking time.
  • You can store these in some foil in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, just place them back into a 450 degree F oven on a baking sheet for a few minutes.
  • The best dipping sauce for these fries, are you ready? Marinara sauce (store-bought) + ketchup. Trust!!! It is everything with these fries. 
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American