|Recipes & Food / 10:56 PM - Wednesday February 10, 2010|
Do you have to soak eggplant in salt water before you fry it?
When I was growing my om always soaked eggplant in salt water over night and fried it the next day. Is it necessary to soak it first?
- Asked by vanhuman, The Cook, Female, 56-65
No, you do not have to soak eggplant in salt water before frying. In fact, you should not. Simply sprinkle it with kosher salt and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. The salt will draw out the excess moisture of the eggplant and prepare it for frying in hot oil. The excess moisture can make the eggplant taste bitter and is also dangerous when deep frying as liquid makes the oil bubble and splatter more. This method of salting can also be used for eggplant to be roasted or sauteed. Click here for more tips on prepping eggplant and a delicious set of recipes too. Best of luck to you!
I am the Eggplant Master...just sprinkle it with salt on both sides...let it sit in a colander for about a half hour and the bitterness will go away. But you do need to do that or it will be very bitter.