Fried Eggplant

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Appears in
Hoppin' John's Charleston, Beaufort & Savannah: Dining at Home in the Lowcountry

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1997

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This version of fried eggplant — famous in southern countries around the world — is really eggplant home fries. Placing the eggplant in a saltwater bath for a little while will remove any bitterness the larger vegetables sometimes have. Be sure to buy firm ones with bright green tops; they’re less likely to have seeds.


  • 2 large, very firm eggplants
  • Salt
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • ½ cup fine white cornmeal


About 45 minutes before serving, peel the eggplants and cut them as for home fries (large irregular fries). Place them in a bowl of salted ice water for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Drain the eggpla