Crunchy Eggplant Katsu (Eggless)

I got a few requests for an eggless eggplant katsu recipe so I created this recipe that (I think) tastes even better than my first eggplant katsu recipe!

The wet batter in this recipe allowed the panko crumbs to adhere a lot better, which resulted in an even crispier and crunchier exterior.

I served this with a side of homemade tonkatsu sauce and some fresh rice and it was perfection! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think 🙂

Baked Vegan Eggplant Katsu

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


  • 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


  • 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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  1. Anonymous says:

    hi! how long should it be if you air fry?

    1. You can air fry at 400F for about 30 minutes! Just make sure to flip half way through. Also, air fryer settings differ so check on it periodically 🙂

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