If you want inspiration for cooking with eggplant, get ideas from these 25 best eggplant recipes that are easy to make, family-friendly, and healthy.
These recipes will give you many eggplant ideas; think sautèed, baked, stuffed, pasta, soup, salad, and more.
Browse through this list, and take your pick: these vibrant eggplant recipes will satiate and nourish you and add bold flavor to your day.
How to Cook Eggplant
When in season, from May through late September, we eat fresh eggplant in various ways. There are numerous simple and easy ways of cooking them.
Remember to clean and rinse the eggplant before cooking it:
- Leave the skin on and rinse the eggplant or aubergine under running water, but no need to peel the skin off since it's highly nutritious.
- Dry the eggplant before cooking it, especially if you're not using it immediately. Moisture can shorten the shelf life of eggplants significantly, so pad them dry before storing them in the fridge. A raw eggplant stores for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.
We can start cooking the eggplant once the basic cleaning and cutting are done. Choose your favorite recipe from the list below.
Our Best Eggplant Recipes
How to Store Eggplant
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can eat them cold, at room temperature, or reheat them in the microwave. We do not recommend freezing these eggplant recipes.
What goes well with Eggplant
Eggplant (sauteed, grilled, air fried, baked) is a tasty side dish that pairs perfectly with most sauces and protein. Take your pick here:
- Serve with a sauce: choose between refreshing condiments and dressings, such as basil pesto, hummus, and mustard dressing.
- Use in salads: eggplant is also great to use in salads. Add the air fryer or sauteed eggplant to vegan pasta salad, to this creamy tofu salad, and to quinoa salad.
- Serve next to pasta: serve any of these eggplant sides with one of these pasta recipes.
- Serve with a protein-rich dinner: such as these chickpea recipes, high protein meals, or tofu recipes.
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If you're looking to increase your veggie intake, take a peek at these vitamin-rich vegetable recipes:
For many more side dish ideas, check out our sides category page.
25 Best Eggplant Recipes
- Check each individual eggplant recipe for ingredients required.
- Cook your favorite eggplant recipe
- How to store: Keep these meals stored in the refrigerator, ideally in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.
- How to reheat: Warm it up on the stovetop or in the microwave. Before serving garnish with fresh herbs.