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
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or cooking oil spray

Wet Batter

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

Panko Coating

  • 2.5 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Chipotle Lime Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F / 180 degrees C.
  • Combine the all-purpose flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt, and water to make the wet batter. Mix well.
  • Combine the panko bread crumbs, salt, paprika, and black pepper in a plate or deep dish. Set aside.
  • Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Dip the eggplant into the wet batter until fully coated.
  • Next, place in the panko coating. Press the bread crumbs into the eggplant to help the panko stick better.
  • Transfer the eggplants onto a lined baking sheet. Brush the tops and sides with olive oil or spray with cooking oil spray.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes in the oven or until golden brown. Make sure to flip halfway through.
  • Enjoy with the chipotle lime dipping sauce!

Chipotle Lime Sauce

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

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