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Eggplant Fries and Special Sauce

Since eggplant is a nightshade niece of the best frying plant (potato), it should be no surprise that this is one purple people pleaser.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: eggplant, french fries, fries
Servings: 4
Calories: 123kcal


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond meal or flour (or oat or rice flour if allergic to nuts)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Special sauce:

  • 1 14-oz package of soft or silken tofu (drained)
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha (3 tablespoons if you like it really spicy)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Wash and dry eggplant and then cut it into thin, fries-like sticks.
  • Place eggplant fries in a large bowl and sprinkle with olive oil. Toss around to coat.
  • Add salt, pepper, paprika and maple syrup. Toss again to coat every fry.
  • Add almond meal and nutritional yeast and, again, toss to coat them well.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread fries out evenly. Bake about 45 minutes, or until golden brown. While fries bake, make sauce by stirring together all ingredients in a small bowl.


Party in Your Plants
Excerpted from Party In Your Plants: 100+ Plant-Based Recipes and Problem-Solving Strategies to Help You Eat Healthier © 2020 by Talia Pollick. Published by Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 852mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g