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Eggplant slices being dried.

How to Salt Eggplant

The secret to delicious, not water-logged, eggplant is just one basic ingredient and a little time. Here’s how to salt eggplant before cooking to draw out moisture and bring out its subtle yet remarkable flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Calories 28kcal


  • Eggplant sliced or cubed, peeled if desired
  • salt (1-2 teaspoons per pound)


  • Toss the eggplant with salt and let it drain in a colander for about 40 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Spread drained eggplant over paper towels. Wipe away as much salt as possible and press firmly on each slice to remove as much liquid as possible.


Calories: 28kcal