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Air fryer Eggplant

This is a vegan air fryer eggplant fries recipe that uses no breadcrumbs. It is simple and delicious. Perfect side or appetizer.
Course Accompaniment | Appetizer, Side
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer eggplant, air fryer eggplant fries
recipe air fryer eggplant, air fryer eggplant fries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 54kcal
Author Rachna Parmar

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant about half kilo or 1.1 lb.
  • 1.5 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp. cayenne or paprika for a smoky flavor
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder

Instructions

  • Cut the eggplant into half. Remove the green stem and cap on top. Now cut each half lengthwise into batons or fries. You can then halve them for similar size fries.
  • You can soak them in salted water for 5-10 minutes. I generally skip this step and cook them right away.
  • Mix all the spices mentioned above and prepare your rub.
  • In a bowl, take the cut eggplant batons or fries. Brush or rub with oil. Then apply the spice mix generously so that each slice is coated.
  • Now preheat air fryer at 180 C or 360 F for 5 minutes. Lay the eggplant fries so that they are not too crowded. I could fit all of them in one batch. Remember that they do shrink when cooking.
  • Air fry for about 10 minutes till they are done. I generally pick out one fry and test it. Don’t forget to shake them midway during cooking. They is to ensure that they cook evenly.
  • Your airfryer eggplant is ready. Serve hot with a mayonnaise, ketchup or a honey mustard dip.

Notes

1. You can use other oils like mustard oil, peanut oil or coconut oil in the recipe.
2. Make sure that the basket is not overcrowded. Shake the fries midway during cooking to ensure even cooking.
3. Ensure that you cut eggplant pieces into similar sizes.
4. Try different variation of spices or herbs as per your liking. Just salt and pepper tastes good too. Or you can try lemon chilli for heat.
5. You can use any dips of choice like hot mayo, tomato ketchup, sriracha sauce or even green chutney.
6. To make Indian air fryer eggplant, use mustard oil and the same spices for the rub. You can also add curry powder or garam masala and also some chaat masala to the rub for an authentic taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 419IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg