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Eggplant No Fry Veggie Fries!

Who says “fries” have to be deep-fried potatoes? These raw eggplant veggie fries are super simple and so delicious. A quick chop and  soak in the marinade and away you go! I made these in my dehydrator but you can certainly experiment with your oven. Just note if you really want them raw the food temperature needs to stay under 115 degrees. Also, ovens do function differently than dehydrators so keep an eye on them if you choose to go that route.


Eggplant Fries Eggplant "Fries"


They would make a great side for Raw Mushroom Burgers!

Just a quick note: My favorite mandoline (for slicing) is the Benriner Mandoline . It makes slicing eggplants and other veggies a breeze and is inexpensive. I have seen Benriners used in the top kitchens in the US.


Eggplant No-Fry Veggie Fries

  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon nama shoyu (or tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon raw agave nectar, coconut crystals or other raw sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  1. Peel and slice eggplant into 1/4 inch slices. Cut the slices into 1-inch wide “fries”.
  2. Place sliced eggplant in bowl.
  3. Mix all of the rest of the ingredients together, pour over eggplant.
  4. Marinate over night, stirring occasionally to coat.
  5. Dehydrate at 145 for 1 hour, reduce heat to 115 and dehydrate until crisp, about 6-8 more hours. (Don’t worry about starting at a higher temperature. The food never gets to that temp and is still raw.)

*Wondering why we start at 145 degrees? Yes, it is still raw…see the FAQ page.

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  1. Aslana wrote on April 25, 2014

    These were terrific I had them last year wth my “burger” so I’m revisiting the recipie to make again, I now have an x cal. Dehydrator so it will probably be more fun than my thrift store mr chef. However if your just starting a thrift store mr chef will work fine for a year.
    Hey! I need a good “bun” recipe anyone know of a link? I have bad luck with crackers in the dehydrator, my toilet paper cardboard rolls have more flavor, but I must cut back using those tp cardboard it dosnt seem to digest well.

  2. Jane wrote on January 27, 2014

    I am new to trying raw and I do not have a dehydrator yet… Can the oven at a very low temp be used? If so, for how long? Thanks:)!

    • Susan wrote on January 27, 2014

      Hi, Jane, I write about this on the FAQ page. You can find the tab for that at the top of the blog. Cheers!

  3. Simone wrote on October 17, 2013

    I’m new to your site, but not to raw… I must say, your recipes are truly amazing and by far the best raw food site I’ve come upon. I moved from Los Angeles to El Paso and making recipes from your collection are better than going to my favorite raw restaurants in LA! Thanks so much for sharing… how totally rawsome of you :)
    Ps. Eggplant fries are in my dehydrator as we speak… YUM!

    • Susan wrote on October 17, 2013

      Thank you so much, Simone!

  4. The Fat Gay Vegetarian wrote on July 27, 2013

    Hanan, Chipotle powder is actually a smoked red jalapeno. If you were to smoke it, dry it, and grind it to a powder – that is what you get. A very suitable alternative for similar flavor is to used smoked Spanish paprika, hot or sweet depending on your love for spice. The flavor profile is so very similar, that most people would not be able to tell.

    • Susan wrote on July 29, 2013

      You can buy chipotle powder in the spice section. I often use both chipotle and smoked paprika.

  5. Desiree wrote on July 18, 2013

    I put these into sushi rolls today with some fresh veggies and made delicious crunch rolls. Still loving the recipe.

  6. Des wrote on July 17, 2013

    These were SO good. I’ve never been a huge fan of eggplant, except for juicing it, until now. My new favorite eggplant recipe!

  7. sarah wrote on July 16, 2013

    Hey Susan these look great! Very fun I know my family would get a kick out of these:) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Robert wrote on July 14, 2013

    If the “fries” are chewy does that mean I’ve cut them too thick? They’ve been dehydrating for about 8 hours now and they are no where near being crispy.

    • Susan wrote on July 14, 2013

      If they are thick they will need more dehydration and will be a little chewy. It is important to cut them quite thin.

  9. Cristina wrote on July 11, 2013

    Have them in the dehydrator now! Thought these would be a great snack for our camping trip this weekend.


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