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Eggplant Fries [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Here’s a great twist on finger foods: eggplant fries. Delicious, healthy eggplant made even more delicious and a bit less healthy by breading and frying it into yummy fries.

I used chickpea flour (my favorite flour) mixed with a little cornstarch to ensure a crunchy layer protecting the eggplant. Ground flaxseed mixed with water works as a binder for the breading. Any bread crumbs will do. I used gluten-free bread crumbs but if you’re not worried about gluten, go for panko. Spices are added in both layers for lots of flavor.

Eggplant really soaks up oil so I try to use as little as necessary. You could deep-fry these but on the other extreme, you could also bake them. I like the middle road of pan-frying. I make a very fast marinara sauce by cooking up some crushed tomatoes with garlic powder, salt, dried basil, dried oregano, black pepper, and a pinch of red chile flakes. It’s done in 15 minutes!

My Eggplant Fries are addictive! Creamy, decadent eggplant surrounded by an Italian-flavored crunchy coating. When dipped into marinara sauce, you swear you’re eating eggplant parmigiana. If you’re having company, double the recipe because these will not last long!

Eggplant Fries [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




  • 1 eggplant, peeled
  • ½ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs. ground flaxseed + 6 Tbs. water
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (or vegan grated parmesean)
  • Canola oil for frying


  1. Cut the eggplant into large fries. The easiest way to do this is to cut the ends off the eggplant, peel it, then stand it up. Slice the eggplant length-wise into 1/2″ pieces. Then lay each piece down and cut it into 1/2″ strips. If you want your fries long, leave them like this. If you want them shorter, cut those strips in half.
  2. Mix the flour, cornstarch, and spices in a shallow dish. Mix the flaxseed and water into a loose paste. Add it to the milk in a second shallow bowl. Add the bread crumbs, nutritional yeast (or grated parm), salt and pepper to the third shallow bowl.
  3. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a pan or skillet. Toss eggplant in the flour mixture, then dip in the milk/flax mixture, then into the bread crumbs.
  4. Fry the eggplant until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a towel-paper lined plate. Serve with marinara sauce. Enjoy!





When Rhea became vegan, there were no places in her Bronx neighborhood to eat so she had to learn to cook, mostly by watching TV cooking shows, especially Christina Pirello and Rachael Ray.  That led to the creation of The "V" Word website which focuses on vegan versions of favorite, familiar foods. Rhea has written several e-cookbooks which are available on her web site. It is Rhea's hope that she can spread the "V" Word to bring more compassion into the world and it is her dream to become the vegan Rachael Ray.



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4 comments on “Eggplant Fries [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Edna Johnson
4 Years Ago

just made these sooo yummy. i dint have chickpea flour so i used soy and all purpose flour came out good the sauce gives it a even better boost thanks a make again recipe

Alli Son
4 Years Ago

yum yuuuuuuum

Bryan Baker
4 Years Ago

They r gooooood!!

Diana Baritz
4 Years Ago

Eggplant, one of my favourites, had them tonight: eggplant bacon (without animal)!

Dianne L. Hancock
4 Years Ago

Do you think either this or the chickpea fries would freeze and thaw well?


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