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Crispy Fried Eggplant (Aubergine) Recipe

Crispy, thin Greek fried eggplant (aubergine) slices dipped in beer batter and deep fried to perfection served with Greek Dill Yogurt

Fried eggplant appetizer served with Greek Dill Yogurt on a platter

We are quite lucky to have a decent restaurant selection in our local area. We can choose from traditional American cuisine, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Spanish and the food is quite good at any of them. BUT, we were missing some good, honest Greek food.

I like to be taken back to Greece from time to time and indulge in some delicious traditional Mezze, stuffed calamari, Greek salad with Halloumi or some tender char grilled octopus, fried chilli shrimp (prawns) 🙂

Well, I got spoiled last year when Estia Greek Taverna opened close to our neighborhood. I was pretty nervous when we dined there the first time because we have been to Greek restaurants during our trips through US and we were quite disappointed with most of them. So, imagine my surprise when not only the first visit but the second, the third were just perfect.

Nothing to complain about, these guys are delivering perfect Greek dishes each and every time 🙂 I know, starts to sound like a sponsored post, but it isn’t :)..just my honest opinion. If you find yourself in the area, go for it! You will not be disappointed.

Now back to my recipe. Last time we had dinner there, I tried their Greek Fried Eggplant (Melitzanes tiganitesas) as appetizer, served with some fresh Greek Dill Yogurt. I absolutely loved those delicate, crispy, thin eggplant slices dipped in beer batter and deep fried to perfection. I loved them that much, I promised myself one day will try this recipe at home…That day has come 🙂

How to make Fried Eggplant (Aubergine)?

Nothing easier, all you have to do is slice as thinly as possible the eggplant, add the slices to a strainer over a bowl with some salt and let them release the juice. Pat them dry with paper towels to get rid of the liquid as much as possible. This way your eggplant slices will be crispy.

Greek fried eggplant appetizer in a bowl

Do you have to peel the eggplant (aubergine) before frying?

Absolutely not! The eggplant (aubergine) skin is entirely edible. When selecting your eggplant for this recipe look for those young ones, smaller and thinner, their skin is tender.

These fried eggplant chips are amazing!

Real, good vegetable chips that will make you wanna finish your Greek Dill yogurt dip bowl in no time. Gorgeous looking too!

Greek Fried Eggplant Recipe

There is no need to tell you what a crowd-leaser appetizer, these Greek Fried Eggplant (Aubergine) slices are! You can even serve them as side dish. You have to try them next time you are having a barbecue or friends over. Forget about regular potato chips. No one will complain 🙂

Greek Fried Eggplant Recipe

Crispy Greek Fried Eggplant (Aubergine) Recipe

Crispy Greek Fried Eggplant (Aubergine) Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Crispy thin Greek fried eggplant(aubergine) appetizer served with Greek Dill Yogurt (Melitzanes tiganites)

Ingredients

  • Batter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 6-8 baby eggplants or 1 large eggplant, cut into thin slices
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Greek Dill Yogurt
  • 1 cup greek style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare the eggplant by placing the slices in a strainer over a bowl, sprinkle salt and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your batter. Place flour into a medium sized bowl and gradually whisk in the beer until the mixture is smooth. Add dried oregano and lemon rind and season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Rinse the eggplant slices under cold water, pat dry with paper towels. Dip eggplant slices into batter, shaking away the excess. Deep fry eggplant in batches, turning occasionally for about 5 minutes or until golden. Place the fried eggplant slices on paper towel to remove the oil excess.
  3. To make the Greek Dill Yogurt, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and season to taste.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from Women's Weekly Greek Cooking Magazine

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

 

Girl and the Kitchen

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

OMG I love this!!! I have never tried fried eggplant!!! Will have to do so soon! I am a huge fan of Greek restaurants because of the selection of healthy appetizers they have :)

Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

Friday 12th of June 2015

Oh dear, look at how crispy these eggplants are! If I have a bowl of this, forget the potato chips! AWESOME dish, Oana!

Mira

Tuesday 9th of June 2015

I love fried eggplant and this one looks amazing! Need to try it! So glad you found a nice Greek restaurant, because most of them are pretty bad in the US :)

Adore Foods

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

Thanks Mira! It seems there are not so many good ones, unfortunately. And if you find one, it is usually pretty expensive :) Hope you'll enjoy them!

Helen @ Scrummy Lane

Tuesday 9th of June 2015

I spent many (many!) years in Greece and just loved this appetizer. It's really commonly found over there. Totally know what you mean about 'bad' Greek restaurants abroad. I've never been to a good one out of Greece. It's great that you've found one now!

Adore Foods

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

You are so lucky Helen! I would love to live there for a period of time :) Greece is right there in top 3 all time favorite countries, for me. Hope you'll find a good restaurant. I wish mine was not soooo expensive

Giramuk's Kitchen

Tuesday 9th of June 2015

I love Greek food too Oana! There isn't many decent restaurants where I live except for a good steak, burger etc...so I miss the restaurant scene ALOT! :( But this looks delicious!! :D We fry Egg plants for a different kind of dish and it's NEVER this crispy :( So I will definitely be trying this recipe! (I may finish it all in one go, knowing me...)

Adore Foods

Wednesday 10th of June 2015

You are going to love these crispy bites, Dini! a bowl of these is gone in minutes :)

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