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Deep Fried Eggplant Balls

📋Deep Fried Eggplant Balls

Deep fried eggplant balls is a classic recipe from the South of Italy, even the fuzziest children will devour those delightful vegetable bites.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword eggplant balls, eggplant bites, eggplant fried
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 3 hours
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 balls
Calories 143kcal


Prepare the eggplants

  • Peel and cut the eggplants into small cubes
    6 medium eggplants
  • Cover and put in the microwave for 10 minutes at high power
  • Open carefully make sure you don't get burned by the steam. Stir and put back in the microwave for 10 more minutes
  • Let it cool down completely, 1 or 2 hours

Make the mix

  • Taking a handful at the time squeeze out the water
  • Mix with all the ingredients. You can prepare it the day before and let it rest in the fridge overnight 
    3 cups breadcrumbs, 2 fresh eggs, 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves, 1 peeled garlic cloves, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, 2 tsp salt

Fry them

  • Shape them into oval balls that fit into the palm of your hand
  • Deep fry in oil
  • Once cooked place on an absorbent kitchen paper to drain the excess oil
  • You can eat them warm or at room temperature



Important Notes:
  1. Once the eggplants are cooked in the microwave, you need to let them cool down completely before you can squeeze out all the water.
    So you need to let them rest at least a few hours before making the deep fried eggplant balls.
  2. You can do most of the work the day before and just fry them the same day.
    The longer the mix rests in the fridge the more the eggplants absorb the flavour of the garlic, basil and Parmesan.
    So best to prepare the mix the day before.
  3. If you have any deep fried eggplant balls leftover, and that is a big IF, you can eat them the next day. Even served at room temperature, they are delightful.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1.5mg