Can you cook aubergine in the oven?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question “can you cook aubergine in the oven. We will discuss how to cook the aubergine and some basic tips for cooking aubergine. In the end, we will understand if you should peel aubergine before cooking and how to store cooked aubergine.  

Yes, you can cook aubergine in the oven. Roasted aubergine takes around 30 minutes to cook in the oven. They should be golden and silky.

If your aubergine pieces are significantly larger or smaller, the cooking time might differ. When roasting aubergine, one of the most typical issues would be that they turn mushy. 

Smaller chunks cook very quickly and become mushy. The shape and texture of aubergine alter but the taste remains the same. Cook the whole or make large slices to avoid such problems. 

Roast the aubergine at a high temp, and seal the top this will help to keep the juice within. Another issue is that the burnt skin of the aubergine pieces peels off when you flip or serve them. This occurs when you haven’t used enough oil while cooking aubergine. 

Enough use of oil will prevent the aubergine skin from peeling which looks elegant when you serve them. 

If you are unfamiliar with roasted aubergine, use parchment or baking paper to guarantee you do not lose any of the skin. This will also protect aubergine from sticking to the pan when you cook it in the oven.

How to cook aubergines in the oven?

The cooking process of aubergine in the oven required some basic cooking skills and also some ingredients. 

First of all, rinse them with cold water to remove any dust particles. If there are any stickers on them, remove them also.

Dry each aubergine well with a cleaning towel. It is necessary to dry them out. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with tinfoil. Before backing first pokes holes in an aubergine.

Poke 8 to 10 holes in each aubergine with the help of a fork. This is an important step to avoid bursting and making a mess in the oven.

Place the aubergine in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Cook in the oven till they crumpled, and cooked, turning gently after 20 minutes. Cook aubergine for 20 minutes and then turn it on the other side and cook again for 20 minutes. 

After the aubergine is completely cooked, remove it from the oven. Depending on the size of the aubergines, the cooking time will vary. 

Tips for cooking aubergine

The aubergine should not be prepared too far ahead of time since the skin may begin to discolor. Some aubergine recipes call for the peeling of the aubergine, either whole or in strips.

Aubergines prefer a chilly environment but not too cold, you should not keep them in the fridge. The fridge may foster the formation of soft areas, therefore a cold dark cabinet may be a better solution if you are planning to cook them on the same day. 

All aubergines should be salted, sprinkling them with salt, and allowing them to soak for around 30 minutes. This was done to decrease the bitterness, but it is no longer essential.

However, salting aubergines firms up the flesh and prevents them from absorbing as much oil, so you may wish to include this step in a recipe.

Another option to reduce the amount of oil absorbed is to briefly pre-cook the aubergine by microwaving or steaming it for approximately 5 minutes after it’s been chopped.

Should you peel aubergine before cooking? 

It’s not necessary to peel aubergine before cooking it. The aubergine outer skin layer is completely edible.

When chopping aubergine, slice it crosswise into thick rings. To ensure consistent cooking, cut them into even pieces.

Only remove the leaves end of the aubergine. The thinner the slices, the more browned the ends will be, and the cooking duration will be reduced. However, slicing them too thin risks burning.

How to store cooked aubergine? 

Roasted aubergine slices may be kept in the fridge for 3-5 days. Allow them to cool after roasting, then store aubergine in an airtight container.

This dish for oven-roasted aubergine keeps nicely in the fridge. Allow the aubergine to cool once it has been cooked. You may put the slices in a freezer bag after they are completely frozen.

You can also reheat frozen aubergine. Allow the roasted aubergine slices to defrost before reheating in a pan or in the oven until hot.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we answered the question “can you cook the aubergine in the oven. We discussed how to cook aubergine in the oven and some basic tips for cooking aubergine. In the end, we understand if you should peel aubergine before cooking and how to store cooked aubergine.  

References

https://www.wholesomeyum.com/how-to-roast-eggplant/

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