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Crispy Honey Sesame Eggplant

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Get some more veggies on your plate with this meat-free dish no one can resist! With its crispy coating, creamy inside and sweet, sticky sauce, this vegetable side is a hero all on its own in the flavour stakes.

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CRISPY HONEY SESAME EGGPLANT

PREP TIME

5 minutes
COOK TIME

25 minutes
SERVES

4
Ingredients

1 large eggplant 

2 cups panko breadcrumbs 

½ cup plain flour 

2 eggs, lightly whisked 

vegetable oil for deep frying 

1 tsp sesame seeds 

sea salt 

 

Honey sauce: 

1/3 cup honey 

3 tbsp vinegar 

2 tsp soy sauce 

1 tsp corn flour (cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp water 

Steps
Step 1

Trim and discard the eggplant stem. Then trim the eggplant so that it is almost a neat rectangle. Then cut into roughly 3cm cubes. Place the eggplants pieces into a colander set over a bowl and season with salt. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes. 

Step 2

To make the honey sauce, heat the honey, vinegar and soy sauce in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer gently for about a minute. Then stir through the corn flour mixture and simmer for another minute until thickened. Set aside until ready to serve. 

Step 3

Even out the panko crumbs by using a mortar and pestle to gentle grind and pound them. Alternatively use a ziplock bag and rolling pin. 

Step 4

Place the breadcrumbs, flour and eggs into separate shallow plates. 

Step 5

Dip each piece of eggplant into the flour, then egg and then coat with the breadcrumbs. 

Step 6

Fill a saucepan or wok to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. The oil is hot enough at 165°C/325°F or when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles. 

Step 7

Cook the eggplant in batches in the hot oil until golden. Drain on paper towel. 

Step 8

To serve, pile the eggplant nuggets onto a plate. Drizzle with the honey sauce (warm it gently on the stovetop if it’s too thick). And sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

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