Fried Aubergine Recipe - Traditional Italian Dish

Fried Aubergine

Fried Aubergine Recipe - Traditional Italian Dish
Region / culture: Italy | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4


Fried Aubergine
Fried Aubergine

Fried Aubergine, also known as fried eggplant, is a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a side dish or a main course. The crispy texture of the fried aubergine pairs perfectly with the savory garlic flavor, making it a popular choice for many food lovers.


The origins of fried aubergine can be traced back to Mediterranean cuisine, where eggplants are a staple ingredient in many dishes. The process of frying the aubergine slices in oil is a traditional cooking method that has been passed down through generations.


How to prepare

  1. Peel the aubergine (eggplant) and slice it into discs that are 5 mm thick.
  2. Soak the slices in salty water for 15 minutes, then squeeze out the liquid and coat them in flour.
  3. Fry the slices in oil until they turn golden brown and become soft.
  4. Garnish with chopped parsley leaves and finely chopped garlic.


  • Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top of the fried aubergine for a cheesy twist.
  • Drizzle some balsamic glaze over the fried aubergine for a sweet and tangy flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to slice the aubergine evenly to ensure that they cook at the same rate.

- Soaking the aubergine slices in salty water helps to remove any bitterness from the vegetable.

- Be careful not to overcrowd the pan when frying the aubergine, as this can cause them to steam instead of fry.

Serving Suggestions

Fried aubergine can be served as a side dish with grilled meats or as a main course with a side of rice or salad.

Cooking Techniques

Frying is the main cooking technique used to prepare fried aubergine.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have aubergine, you can use zucchini or yellow squash as a substitute.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the aubergine slices ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to fry.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the fried aubergine on a platter garnished with fresh parsley leaves and a sprinkle of chopped garlic.

Pairing Recommendations

Fried aubergine pairs well with grilled chicken, lamb, or fish.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover fried aubergine in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of fried aubergine contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of fried aubergine contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of fried aubergine contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of fried aubergine contains approximately 2 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Fried aubergine is a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium.


Fried aubergine may contain allergens such as gluten (from the flour coating) and garlic.


Fried aubergine is a nutritious and delicious dish that is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals.


Fried aubergine is a simple yet flavorful dish that is sure to impress your family and friends. With its crispy texture and savory garlic flavor, it is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many different ways.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time brings a smile to my face. It was many years ago when I was just a young girl, eager to learn the art of cooking from my mother. We lived in a small village in Italy, where the air was filled with the aroma of fresh herbs and the sound of laughter from the neighbors.

One day, as I was helping my mother prepare dinner, she pulled out a wrinkled old cookbook from the shelf. It was filled with handwritten notes and stained pages, a testament to the many years of use it had seen. She flipped through the pages until she found the recipe she was looking for – Fried Aubergine.

I watched intently as my mother gathered the ingredients – aubergines, flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, and olive oil. She explained each step to me in detail, showing me how to slice the aubergines just right and how to coat them in a crispy breadcrumb crust.

As the aubergines sizzled in the hot oil, filling the kitchen with a mouth-watering aroma, I knew that I had found something special. The crispy exterior gave way to a soft and creamy interior, bursting with flavor. I took my first bite and was immediately hooked.

From that day on, Fried Aubergine became a staple in our household. My mother would make it for Sunday dinners, family gatherings, and special occasions. It was a dish that brought us together, filling our hearts and bellies with warmth and love.

As the years went by, I continued to perfect the recipe, adding my own twist here and there. I learned to season the breadcrumbs with a dash of garlic powder and dried herbs, giving the aubergines an extra kick of flavor. I also discovered that a drizzle of balsamic glaze added a touch of sweetness that paired perfectly with the savory dish.

I shared the recipe with friends and neighbors, who marveled at the simple yet delicious dish. They would often ask me for the recipe, eager to recreate the magic in their own kitchens. I was always happy to oblige, knowing that I was passing on a piece of my heritage with each handwritten note.

As the years turned into decades, Fried Aubergine remained a constant in my life. It was a dish that connected me to my past, a reminder of the love and laughter that filled our home. Whenever I cooked it, I could feel my mother's presence in the kitchen, guiding my hands and filling my heart with warmth.

Now, as I sit in my kitchen, surrounded by the familiar scent of sizzling aubergines and the sound of laughter from my grandchildren playing outside, I am grateful for the memories that this recipe has given me. It is more than just a dish – it is a link to my past, a connection to my roots.

And as I take a bite of the perfectly fried aubergine, I am transported back to that small village in Italy, where a young girl first discovered the magic of cooking. It is a memory that I will always cherish, a story that I will pass down to future generations, ensuring that Fried Aubergine will always have a place at our table.


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