When it comes to cooking eggplant many wonder sweating an eggplant. What is sweating an eggplant? Why sweat an eggplant? And how do you sweat eggplant?
First, what does it mean to sweat an eggplant? By adding salt, or salting cut pieces of eggplant and letting it sit for a certain amount of time, the eggplant will start to ‘sweat’, excess water and moisture will be drawn out. The little beads on the eggplant resemble sweat, hence the name.
Second, why should you sweat your eggplant before cooking? Sweating the eggplant by salting it tenderizes the texture of the eggplant flesh and reduces the bitter taste often found in eggplant. Also, with the moisture being drawn out, the eggplant will absorb less oil used in cooking.
Third, how do you sweat an eggplant? Our easy photo guide will give you step by step instructions. Just click on the following:
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What you will need:
A whole lot of Kosher salt
- Cut eggplant into desired sized slices and place in a colander.
- Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt making sure that all slices of the eggplant are salted on both sides.
- Let sit for 30 minutes. You will start to see the eggplant “sweat” with beads of water coming out and being drained.
- Rinse well with water.
- Pat eggplant slices dry.
- They are now ready to use in your favorite eggplant recipe!