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Fried Eggplant and Jammy Eggs with Herb Oil


This recipe may seem long, but it’s only because I've included specific instructions for mastering three important kitchen techniques:

1. How to perfect jammy eggs;

2. How to master fried eggplant; and

3. How to whip up a beautiful herb oil in a matter of seconds.

These are skills you will use time and time again. You’re welcome.

Recipes and images from The Modern Table: Kosher Recipes for Everyday Gatherings by Kim Kushner (Figure 1 Publishing, 2022). Photography by Kate Sears. 

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  • 6Servings


Fried eggplant and jammy eggs

  • 1 eggplant
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cold eggs
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil such as avocado oil, vegetable oil, or rice bran oil (divided)

Herb oil

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs of your choice, plus extra to garnish


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Using a chef’s knife, slice eggplant into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place eggplant slices on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle salt on both sides of the slices. Let eggplant rest for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of cold water to a boil. Stir in a good pinch of salt.

4. Using a slotted spoon, gently lower a whole egg, one at a time, into the saucepan. (This prevents the shells from cracking when adding eggs into the boiling water.) Repeat with the remaining eggs. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for precisely 6 1/2 minutes, uncovered.

5. Prepare an ice bath. Once eggs are cooked, use a slotted spoon to carefully transfer eggs into the ice bath. Set aside for exactly 2 minutes. Remove the eggs from the ice bath and carefully peel away the shells to maintain a smooth surface. Set eggs aside.

6. Use a paper towel to blot any liquid and salt from the eggplant slices.

7. Heat 3 tablespoons of neutral oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant, 4–5 slices at a time, and cook for 3 minutes on each side, until golden. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining eggplant slices, adding more oil if needed.

8. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and arrange them on the platter. Season with salt and pepper.

Herb oil 

Combine olive oil and finely chopped fresh herbs in a squeeze bottle and shake well. Alternatively, combine the olive oil and herbs in a small bowl.


Squeeze or drizzle droplets of herb oil over the eggplant and jammy eggs. Garnish with fresh herbs. Serve immediately.


Make It Ahead Jammy Eggs can be prepared and peeled in advance, left whole, and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.