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Fried Aubergine Recipes and How to Fry Aubergine

Fried aubergine

Published: May 9, 2021 at 1:00 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + 2 hours soaking
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 as a side

Honey and aubergine work really well together, and these aubergine slices with thyme and honey vinaigrette are great to have on-hand as a snack or side dish

  • Vegetarian

Want to know how to fry aubergine? Try our recipe below to achieve crispy, perfectly fried aubergines, then check out more aubergine recipes such as our aubergine curry, aubergine kebabs and aubergine lasagne.


  • 2 aubergines
  • 300-350ml milk
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp polenta
  • a small bunch thyme, leaves picked
  • 4 tbsp flower or truffle honey
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp salt flakes
  • 1 lime, zested


  • STEP 1

    Cut the aubergines into 1cm-thick slices and put them in two layers in a dish. Pour over the milk, making sure they’re covered and leave for 2 hours. Make the lime salt by whizzing the salt and lime zest together in a spice grinder, or pounding them in a mortar with a pestle.

  • STEP 2

    Drain the aubergine well. Mix the flour and polenta and tip it onto a plate. Heat the honey and thyme together in a small pan until the honey is very hot, then leave to cool a little. Dip the aubergine slices in the flour mix, so each side is covered. Heat ½ cm oil in a large frying pan and fry the aubergine slices in batches, on both sides, until they’re golden brown, then drain on kitchen paper.Arrange them on a large, flat plate, spoon over some thyme honey, season with black pepper and sprinkle with some lime salt.


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