Learn how you can boil a perfect eggplant on the stove. Juicy, tender, and soft. Ready to be served as a standalone dish or used for making salads, dips, sauces, and more. You should check out this method of cooking eggplant, as it is one of the healthiest ways to prepare the plant. If you do not know how to cook eggplant quickly and easily, then this is the way.
The ways of serving boiled eggplant are endless. You can have it cubed and added to a salad, stir-fry, and any sauce. Scrape the filling out of the boiled plant, add some olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of herbs mix, mash everything until smooth, and you have a delicious and healthy spread or a dip.
This method is a perfect way to soften and cook eggplant for tortang talong – a Filipino eggplant breakfast or any other veggie omelet option. You can even substitute boiled eggplant for fried eggplant slices in Moussaka Recipe. It is a perfect way to prepare eggplant for lasagna.
If you want to try a tasty eggplant lasagna with ground meat, here is the recipe for you: Baked Moussaka Recipe.
How long to boil eggplant
The boiling time of the eggplant depends on many factors. Whether you are cooking the plant whole or cut into even pieces. If you cook it uncut, it matters whether you have a large old eggplant or small/medium-sized ones. And, of course, whether you want it fully cooked through to use it for making the smooth dip/sauce or partially cooked for cutting the whole eggplant for further use.
How long to boil the whole eggplant? You need to cook the whole eggplant in boiling water for 20 to 25 minutes on average to make it soft and mushy.
How long to boil cubed eggplant? You should cook cubed or sliced eggplant for no less than 10 minutes in boiling water. Try to cut the plant into cubes or slices of a similar size to cook through all the pieces evenly.
How long to boil eggplant for freezing? For further freezing, you need to blanch eggplant cubes for 2 to 4 minutes in boiling water and then give them an ice water bath to stop the process of cooking.
Eggplant cooking time will be a much clear thing when you know all the peculiarities of its boiling process. So, let us have a look at how to make eggplant boil.
How to cook eggplant boil
Depending on the recipe for which you are cooking eggplants, there are several ways to boil eggplants. Whole or cubed/diced. I find that boiling the whole plant and then cutting it into cubes gives a tastier and juicier option instead of boiling eggplant cubed. Enjoy the recipe!
Boiled Eggplant Recipe - How to boil eggplant for tortang talong
- 2 eggplants
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 l water
- 1 garlic bulb
- 1-2 bay leaves
- several black peppercorns
- Give eggplants a thorough rinse under cool running water.
- Cut off the stems and make several cuts at the top of each eggplant. With these several simple steps, you will make peeling of cooked eggplant an easier process. If you have an older plant, I would recommend you peel it before cooking. The skin of old eggplants is very thick and is not so pleasant to eat. But make sure to do this just before adding the plant to the boiling water, as it quickly discolors.
- Pour water into the pot and set it on the stove.
- Let the water boil on high heat. Add salt, the seasoning (if you decide to use one), and the eggplants.
- When water boils the second time, lower the heat to medium. The water should be at a brisk simmer. Cover the pot with a lid and let the eggplants cook for approximately 20 minutes. However, it can take you a lesser or longer time to cook eggplant, depending on its size and the heat of your stove.
- Before setting the pot with eggplants aside, make sure that they are cooked through. Pierce the plants with a fork or a knife to check.
- Carefully take cooked eggplants out of the water, place them on paper towels to drain the excess liquid, and let them cool down for some time. After you peel eggplants, you can cut them into slices, mash the cooked plants, or use them whole for further recipes.
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