Are you looking to find the best eggplant recipes for your next side and dinner? We've selected our 24 best eggplant recipes that are easy to make, quick, and tender.
These recipes will give you plenty of eggplant ideas, think sauteed, baked, stuffed, pasta, soup, salad, and many 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 all kinds of 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 right away. 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 fridge.
Once the basic cleaning and cutting are done, we can start cooking the eggplant. Choose your favorite recipe in the list below.
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 tender side dish that pairs perfectly with most sauces and mains. Take your pick here:
- Top sauces: choose between refreshing condiments and dressings, such as vegan pesto and mustard dressing.
- Use in salads: eggplant is also great to use in salads. Try adding the air fryer or sauteed eggplant to vegan pasta salad, to this creamy tofu salad, and quinoa salad.
- Best vegetarian recipes: pair your favorite eggplant side with any of these vegetarian mains.
- Serve next to pasta: serve any of these eggplant sides with one of these vegan pasta recipes.
- Serve with a protein-rich dinner: such as these chickpea recipes or tofu recipes.
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For many more side dishes ideas, check out our sides category page.
24 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.
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