How To Cook Eggplant
Some people have never eaten eggplant because they do not know how to cook eggplant. If this is the case for you, here is a quick guide for how to cook eggplant. It is not hard at all and there are so many different ways to prepare it that you are sure to find one to please your taste buds.
Eggplant can be cooked by frying, grilling, baking, broiling, roasting and stir-frying. No matter how you cook it, the eggplant should have a flavorful and creamy texture. It doesn’t take much time to cook so if you are adding it to soup, leave it for the last 15-20 minutes of cooking time.
If you want find out how to cook eggplant, you can start with the easiest method of all. Get out a frying pan with a non-stick surface. Put in one tablespoon of oil and spread it around the pan. If you choose, you can also use a non-stick cooking spray. Slice your eggplant and add to the hot pan. Always cook eggplant in a single layer and cook it at a high enough temperature that the eggplant does not take on too much of the oil. All you want to do is brown the eggplant. When it is nicely done, place it on a paper towel to soak up any extra oil. Season to taste and it is ready to eat.
When checking out methods of how to cook eggplant, don’t forget stir-frying. You could even select Chinese or Japanese eggplant. For the best results, cut the eggplant in cubes that are around a half-inch thick. Heat oil in the pan and then toss in the eggplant cubes. Stir the eggplant as it fries. When it is done, it will look nicely browned. Serve while still hot.
When you cook eggplant by grilling or broiling in your oven, you brush the oil onto the sides of the eggplant slices themselves and not onto the grill or pan. Turn the heat up and turn the slices over when they look to be about fifty-percent cooked. They will be nicely brown and tender when done.
Roasting eggplant in the oven may be the most popular technique of preparing eggplant. You should begin by cutting the stem from the eggplant and then piercing the skin with a knife or fork, just the way you would a potato to keep it from bursting as it cooks. If that has ever happened to you, you know what a mess it is to clean off the top of the oven. You can lightly oil a baking or casserole dish or spray it with a non-stick cooking spray.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and roast the eggplant for an hour. Check it at 45 minutes to see if it is almost cooked. Ovens can vary in their exact temperatures and you don’t want it to overcook. If the eggplant is soft when you prick it with a fork, it is done. Make sure it cools off sufficiently before trying to handle the eggplant. Peel off the skin before serving or adding to your recipe.
Just a couple of quick tips on how to cook eggplant:
Do not wash peeled eggplant with water as it will soak into the eggplant.
When you fry eggplant in oil, a variation is to coat the eggplant with flour. This will also keep the oil from soaking into the eggplant.
People often salt eggplant and then wipe the salt off (do not rinse) before cooking. This reduces any bitterness the eggplant might have.
Always buy smaller rather than bigger eggplants because the larger ones can have a bitter flavor.