16 tasty eggplant recipes

Get our favorite dishes highlighting the summertime staple, from grilled side dishes to zingy stir-fries

Eggplant Parmesan

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Eggplant Parmesan

This (non-casserole) version of eggplant parmesan is lighter and fresher tasting than the classic—we ditched the breading and added spicy sauce and fresh herbs.

Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

Grilled Ratatouille

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Grilled Ratatouille

Put an extra-summery twist on this favorite French veggie dish.

Recipe: Grilled Ratatouille

Grilled Eggplant Naan Wraps with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing

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Grilled Eggplant Naan Wraps with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing

Make easy eggplant sandwiches by using naan bread to wrap the grilled vegetables for easy and delicious eating. Creamy Greek yogurt sauce adds a tangy flavor.

Recipe:  Grilled Eggplant Naan Wraps with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing

Miso-glazed Eggplant (Nasu Miso)

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Miso-glazed Eggplant (Nasu Miso)

Serve this as a side dish, or try it with rice for a light vegetarian meal.

Recipe: Miso-glazed Eggplant (Nasu Miso)

Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Zucchini

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Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Zucchini

Here is the perfect, basic method for grilling summer’s bounty―these gorgeous veggies will come out right every single time.Try it with green onions and bell peppers too.

Recipe:  Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Zucchini

Caramelized Pork Kebabs with Eggplant

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Caramelized Pork Kebabs with Chinese Eggplant

The pork and eggplant on these kebabs get a sticky, glazed coating when grilled, which gives the dish a delicious salty-caramelized flavor.

Recipe: Caramelized Pork Kebabs with Chinese Eggplant 

Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad

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Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad

While some wines are a hard match for vegetables, Syrah works well with earthy and herbal veggies like eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers ― especially when they're grilled. 

Recipe:  Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad

Sicilian Bruschetta

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Sicilian Bruschetta

Caponata, a sweet, tangy Sicilian eggplant-pepper relish, tastes downright addictive spooned over toasts with mild, creamy ricotta cheese.

Recipe: Sicilian Bruschetta

Stir-fried Eggplant and Tofu

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Stir-fried Eggplant and Tofu

Oyster sauce adds wonderful 'umami' to this Asian-inspired dish, and can be found in the ethnic foods aisle of most supermarkets. Serve over fluffy rice for a satisfying meal.

Recipe:  Stir-fried Eggplant and Tofu

Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad

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Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad

Grilling eggplant is a fun way to get this summer staple onto the table in a tasty way.

Recipe:  Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad

Grilled Miso Salmon and Eggplant

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Grilled Miso Salmon and Eggplant

This dish was inspired by the classic Japanese recipe for miso-marinated black cod. We recommend using Japanese eggplants, which are smaller and more slender than bulbous Italian eggplants.

Recipe: Grilled Miso Salmon and Eggplant

Eggplant Stroganoff

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Eggplant Stroganoff

This vegetarian Stroganoff was submitted by reader Karen Rose, of Mariposa, California. To make it even creamier, Karen suggests using half-and-half in place of the milk.

Recipe: Eggplant Stroganoff

Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles

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Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles

Here's a fresh new vegetarian main course for a summer night: grill the tofu and eggplant in foil, open up the fragrant bundle, and top it with a spicy salad.

Recipe:  Tofu and Eggplant Hobo Bundles 

Spicy Eggplant with Pork

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Spicy Eggplant with Pork

Serve over steamed jasmine rice, or toss with a tangle of cooked rice noodles for a one-dish meal.

Recipe: Spicy Eggplant with Pork

Merguez with Chickpea Puree and Eggplant Jam

Merguez with Chickpea Puree and Eggplant Jam

Merguez, an aromatic North African sausage usually made from lamb, takes practically no time to grill. Spicy and smooth, the accompanying chickpea purée can stand in for hummus any old time. To make the eggplant jam especially silky, peel and seed the tomatoes. You could use skin-on seeded tomatoes in a pinch, or even good-quality canned.

Recipe: Merguez with Chickpea Puree and Eggplant Jam

Provençal Tartlets

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Provençal Tartlets

Classic ratatouille, typically a side dish, comes front and center as the filling of these inventive tarts. Annie Somerville, chef at San Francisco’s Greens Restaurant, reenvisioned her original recipe by combining cream cheese with masa harina (dried corn dough for tortillas) in the crust, which gives it a rich toasted-corn flavor.

Recipe: Provençal Tartlets

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