Fried Eggplant with Garlic

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. I think it is an underestimated and underused vegetable. It tastes much better when fried. However, it can absorb much oil. I have learned that if I grill the eggplant first for a little, it will cook better and absorb less oil. This is a great side dish or an appetizer for a group of people. I also love to use the leftover to make an egg sandwich the next day. I tend to fry an egg and put it over the eggplant.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 2 eggplant, ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch-thick slices

  • 1 cup olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat an electric grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill eggplant for 8 minutes.

  2. Heat 3/4 cup olive oil in a deep skillet. Fry grilled eggplant for 4 minutes. Turn and cook until soft but not falling apart, an additional 4 minutes. Drain eggplant on paper towels and discard oil.

  3. Heat skillet again over medium heat and add remaining 1/4 oil. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add vinegar. Return sliced eggplant back to the skillet and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. Remove, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Editorial Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of olive oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

55 Calories
3g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 271mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.