17 Tasty Eggplant Recipes
Get our favorite dishes highlighting the summertime staple, from grilled side dishes to zingy stir-fries
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Braised Eggplant and Broccolini with Fried Ginger
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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
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Grilled Eggplant Naan Wraps with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing
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Miso-glazed Eggplant (Nasu Miso)
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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
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Caramelized Pork Kebabs with Chinese Eggplant
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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
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Caponata, a sweet, tangy Sicilian eggplant-pepper relish, tastes downright addictive spooned over toasts with mild, creamy ricotta cheese.
Recipe: Sicilian Bruschetta
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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
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Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Salad
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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