20 Delicious Eggplant Recipes

Low in calories, high in fibre and loaded with antioxidants, eggplant has a lot to offer in the kitchen.
20 Delicious Eggplant Recipes

They’re colourful, elegant and come in many shapes and sizes, but in terms of taste, eggplants are all very similar. But you will find that the textures do vary, so there are a few things worth knowing when choosing an eggplant at the grocery store: Jewel-toned Japanese eggplants are creamy and silky when cooked, while large, deep-purple Italian eggplants are meaty and perfect for vegetarian steaks. It's just up to you which ones you decide to use.

Roasted eggplant with sumac-tahini sauce

An incredibly colourful side that brings an array of amazing flavours to every bite, from sweet pomegranate to earthy tahini and fresh mint. Get our roasted eggplant recipe.

roasted eggplant recipe drizzled with tahini sauce and topped with pine nutsPhoto, Erik Putz.

Grilled Baba Ghanouj

Made across the Mediterranean and farther, with variations in cuisines from Lebanon to Armenia and Iran, this dip of roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, lemon, herbs and spices, it's the perfect accompaniment to a crudité plate, or simply served with fresh pita. Get this Grilled Baba Ghanouj recipe.

Overhead shot of brown-coloured spread in a green bowlPhoto, Carmen Cheung. Food styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Madeleine Johari.


Red bell peppers and eggplant combine into a delicious spread. Found in southeastern European cuisine, Avjar (and its many variations) can be sweet, spicy or hot, and is often served with grilled meats and vegetables, as a side dish, or used as a spread for bread. Get this Homemade Ajvar recipe.

Overhead shot of brown-coloured spread in a green bowlPhoto, Carmen Cheung. Food styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Madeleine Johari.

Whole wheat Mediterranean pizza with ajvar

Ajvar also makes a delicious pizza sauce — we use it here with a whole wheat base, zucchini ribbons, tomatoes and fresh basil. Get our whole wheat pizza recipe.

overhead shot of Whole Wheat Mediterranean Pizza with Ajvar on a cutting boardPhoto, Carmen Cheung. Food styling, Ashley Denton. Prop styling, Madeleine Johari.

Barbecued Greek antipasto kebabs

Stack up some Mediterranean-inspired kebabs that feature fresh eggplant, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, peppers and halloumi cheese. Get the recipe.

20 Delicious Eggplant RecipesPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Charred eggplant and shiitake mushroom bruschetta

Charred eggplant’s smoky flavour gives bruschetta a fresh spin, and pairs nciely with grilled mushrooms, miso and chopped cilantro. Get the recipe.

Charred eggplant and shiitake mushroom bruschettaPhoto, Erik Putz.

Peruvian vegetable eggplant spread

Made from a blend of roasted eggplant, red onion, bell pepper and smokey spices, this dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser at a dinner party. Get this Peruvian vegetable eggplant spread recipe.

Peruvian vegetable dip - eggplant recipe

Grilled lamb chops with ratatouille

A colourful dinner for four that's perfect for backyard dining. Get the recipe.

Easy dinner recipes: Lamb recipes: Grilled lamb chops with ratatouillePhoto, Sian Richards.

Ricotta and lemon eggplant involtini

These herbed, ricotta-filled eggplant rolls are hands-down one of our favourite ways to serve up a vegetarian meal. Top with homemade tomato sauce, and enjoy. Get the recipe.

20 Delicious Eggplant RecipesPhoto, Ryan Szulc.

Nigella’s baby eggplant with oregano and red onion

Keep it rustic by baking up these aubergine lovelies with the stalks on. Serve at room temperature with red onion dressing on top.
Get the recipe.

20 Delicious Eggplant RecipesPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Eggplant steaks with cauliflower pilaf

Tonight, pair a meaty eggplant steak with a light and colourful pilaf, topped with juicy pomegarante seeds.

Pro secret:
 To get the delicious seeds out of a pomegranate, slice it in half. Hold 1 half, cut side down, over a large bowl. Vigorously whack the skin side with a large wooden spoon until all the seeds pop out.
Get the recipe.

Eggplant steaks with cauliflower pilafPhoto, Sian Richards.

Barbecued eggplant parmesan

Grilling the ingredients for this vegetarian entree — which also works as a side dish — gives it a whole new layer of flavour. Get the recipe.

20 Delicious Eggplant Recipes

Spicy eggplant sauté

An easy way to cook eggplant that'll give your meal perfect amount of umami. Get this spicy eggplant sauté recipe.

20 Delicious Eggplant Recipes

Grilled eggplant tacos

Mix and match your filling with different toppings (we like guacamole, red cabbage slaw and hot sauce), and you’re on your way to a taco feast. Get the recipe.

Grilled eggplant tacosPhoto, Sian Richards.

Vegetarian BBQ Miso eggplant

Go vegetarian on the grill tonight with this protein-packed Japanese eggplant recipe. Serve with a crunchy apple salad and a tart white wine. Delicious. Get the recipe.

20 Delicious Eggplant RecipesPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Grilled eggplant salad

Garlic and capers add a punch of aroma and flavour to this colourful summer salad. Get the recipe.

20 Delicious Eggplant RecipesPhoto, John Cullen.

Rigatoni pasta with eggplant and ricotta

Tonight, take your taste buds on quick trip to Italy with a rich Italian pasta, packed with tomatoes, basil and sauteéd eggplant. Get the recipe.

Rigatoni pasta with eggplant and ricottaPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Jamie Oliver’s eggplant daal

This vegetarian dish takes a little extra time in the kitchen — but is it ever worth the wait. Once it’s all plated, just roll them up, and tuck in! Get the recipe.

Jamie Oliver's Eggplant Daal recipePhoto, David Loftus.

Panzanella salad

Fire up the grill and take on the whole meal. Grilled vegetables, bread and fresh herbs make up this simple summer salad — and it pairs well with whatever else you plan to throw on the ‘cue tonight. Get the recipe.

Panzanella saladPhoto, Erik Putz.

Pistachio and pomegranate couscous

Full of friendly fats, this vegetarian couscous packs as much protein as an egg. Get the recipe.

Couscous recipe: Pistachio and pomegranatePhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Watch: How to slice an eggplant


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