Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

When you think of super bowl food what comes to mind? Chicken wings? Yes. Mozzarella sticks. Always. Brats? Of course. Eggplant? Huh? No really, I never would’ve thought that eggplant would be anywhere near a super bowl party spread but guys, these Beer Battered Eggplant Fries NEED to be a part of your game day spread.

I am not quite sure what it is but almost every time I am at the grocery store one of my children asks me to buy an eggplant. I don’t know why. It’s not something that I cook a lot. I think it has something to do with the fact that it’s an interesting looking vegetable. Or that they watch a kids music video where they sing about eggplant. Either way, every couple of weeks I end up with one in my cart.

I could roast it or grill it or do something totally healthy with it. But well it’s super bowl season so I decided to turn Eggplant into a super bowl food and made these Beer Battered Eggplant Fries.

With all of the eggplant that I buy, I have tried to make eggplant fries a few times before. I’ve tried coating them in panko and baking them. I’ve tried frying them with just a little bit of flour. Neither really worked for me. Actually, both turned into a big ‘ol mess. But not this time. This time I beer battered them and it was a delicious success.

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

And every good fry needs a good dip right? These Beer Battered Eggplant Fries are no different. While I’m sure ranch would be great and my kids certainly loved ketchup, I decided to make a creamy curry dip to serve along side. With just 5 ingredients, the dip came together really quickly and it made the perfect dip for these fries.

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries Recipe

Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries Ingredients:

  • oil for frying
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 (12 ounce) can light beer
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled, cut in half and then cut into strips

Curry Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1

Make the dipping sauce first by whisking all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

2

Preheat oven to warm setting or 200 degrees. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.

3

Heat half an inch of oil in a large pot over medium heat to 350 degrees.

4

Whisk together flour, egg, salt and granulated garlic. Slowly whisk in beer. Mix just until a batter forms.

5

Working in batches, dip eggplant fries into the batter. Shake off any excess and then carefully add to oil. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to the prepared cooling rack. Sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven to keep warm while you fry the remaining batches.

6

Once all eggplant is fried serve with curry dipping sauce.

Notes

Enjoy!

  • Back For Seconds

    Most fun way to eat eggplant ever. Yum!

  • Amy Stafford

    What a great way to serve appetizer. I have done this with green beans, but I bet the flavor of eggplant with the breading is amazing!

  • This looks amazing! I’ve tried cooking with eggplant a few different times too, and I’ve never really been happy with the outcome. THESE i must give a try!!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Such a great idea, this has got to be the best way to eat eggplant EVER!

  • This really is a fun way to use eggplant! I would probably eat the whole tray :)

  • Michelle De La Cerda-Nash

    I bet I could sneak this veggie by my daughter the way you’ve prepared it.

  • CookinCanuck

    I absolutely adore eggplant, and would happily munch on these fries on Super Bowl Sunday, or any other day!