Baked Vegan Katsu with Eggplant

I posted my fried eggplant katsu recipe a few weeks ago and I received a lot of requests for a baked eggplant katsu recipe so here it is! The best thing about this is it’s vegan too!

The extra crispy eggplant with this delicious chipotle lime dipping sauce almost made me forget about the fried version because they were so good!

For the sauce, I used my vegan mayo as the base but you can also use Greek yogurt instead.

Baked Vegan Eggplant Katsu

Servings 2 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb eggplant
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil for frying, more if needed
  • pinch of flakey salt

Wet Batter

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch or potato starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup water

Panko Coating

  • 2 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika optional

Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo or regular mayo
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp lime juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 390F / 200C.
  • For the wet batter, combine all-purpose flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt, and water. Mix well.
  • For the panko breading, combine panko bread crumbs, salt, paprika, and black pepper in a deep plate or dish. Set aside.
  • Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch pieces. Dip eggplant into the wet batter until fully coated.
  • Next, place the eggplant in the panko coating. Press the bread crumbs into the eggplant to help the breading adhere better.
  • Transfer coated eggplants to a sheet tray then spray with cooking oil spray.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden and crispy. Make sure to flip half way through so both sides are evenly cooked.
  • Once the eggplants are out of the oven, sprinkle with a pinch of flakey salt.
  • Enjoy with the chipotle lime dipping sauce!

Chipotle Lime Dipping Sauce

  • In a small bowl, combine vegan mayo, chipotle powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, water, lime zest, and lime juice. Mix well until fully combined.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese

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