These are some tried and true eggplant recipes that even picky eaters love. They are perfect for dinners or entertaining and will convert even eggplant skeptics into true believers in the power of this flavorful vegetable!
Eggplant is an awesome veggie!
We love eggplants and use them very often in cooking. We are also very picky about eggplants and how we cook them. Eggplant is one of those veggies that some people just love and others tend to avoid. If you're not a big eggplant lover, it's most probably because you had an eggplant dish that wasn't cooked properly or was somehow lacking in flavor.
With the recipes I'm sharing with you today, I predict that even the biggest eggplant skeptics will become fans. These recipes are easy to follow and usually call for a few simple ingredients. Once you try one, you'll be eager to try the rest!
Now, what can go wrong when cooking with eggplants?
Here is a little troubleshooting for some of the problems you might face when working with eggplants:
- It's bitter! Yes, this is a very common problem with eggplant and usually happens when you use globe eggplant - which is large and can be a bit seedy. To make sure your eggplant is not bitter, salt it generously before cooking and let it sit for an hour. Then rinse, pat dry and proceed with the recipe.
- My eggplant dish is so mushy! Another typical problem, this happens when the eggplant is over cooked. Depending on the method of cooking, eggplant takes between 10 to 20 minutes to cook. When the eggplant is fork tender, it is cooked and ready.
- I can't find a good eggplant! It can be tricky to find a fresh and tasty eggplant since you can't slice it open when purchasing it. A good eggplant should not have many brown seeds and should feel heavy for its size. It should feel firm and have a bright skin.
The best eggplant recipes
The best thing about eggplants is that you can make them into so many different dishes such as dips, appetizers and main dishes. Eggplants also make great side dishes that go well with different meals such as grilled chicken and beef.
Here are some of our favorite eggplant recipes for entertaining and family dinners. From vegetarian and gluten free to quick and easy, we have a little something for everyone in this roundup!
This is the best Baba Ganoush recipe ever! It's a delicious Middle Eastern eggplant dip that’s so easy to make and perfect to serve as an appetizer.
Melitzanosalata is a Greek eggplant dip that’s made with eggplant, garlic and lemon juice. You can serve this eggplant appetizer as a part of a mezze platter with some pita.
Kashke Bademjan is a simple Persian eggplant dip that requires just a handful of ingredients. This tasty vegetarian dip is full of amazing flavors and is the perfect appetizer for any table!
This is a Middle Eastern eggplant recipe to always have close at hand. Middle eastern roasted eggplant is served with a stunning tahini yogurt sauce and pomegranate arils, and is perfect as a side dish or an impressive appetizer!
Eggplant Side dishes
Fried eggplant with tomatoes are a super easy side dish. This eggplant recipe is quite simple yet so delicious!
This vegetarian eggplant recipe is made with fresh vegetables and can be prepared quickly. I love the addition of olives and capers that give this dish a unique flavor!
Eggplant Main Dishes
Khoresh bademjan is a delicious Persian eggplant stew that’s normally served with rice and tahdig. This is probably one of the best eggplant recipes out there, it's so full of flavor thanks to saffron and dried limes!
This eggplant casserole is a great choice for dinner. This eggplant recipe is a combination of hash browns, ground beef and roasted eggplant.
Greek moussaka is a classic comfort food of the Mediterranean region. Also known as Greek eggplant casserole, this dish takes a bit of work but it's worth totally worth it!
Persian eggplant soup is a delicious Persian recipe that’s very simple to make. This easy Persian soup is vegetarian and gluten free, perfect for those chilly nights that you're craving some comfort food.
Grilled eggplant sandwich is a great option for lunch. This sandwich is made with grilled eggplants and quick onion pickles. It's might look simple but it's jam packed with amazing flavors.
These vegetarian meatballs are cooked in a chunky tomato sauce and are stuffed with cheese that makes them super appetizing.
For this classic Turkish recipe, eggplants are stuffed with a tasty ground beef, pepper and tomato filling and baked to perfection.
This eggplant parmesan recipe is a classic for good reasons. You can’t go wrong with layers of eggplant, cheese and marinara sauce that are layered and baked into perfection!
Mirza Ghasemi is a Persian eggplant and tomato dish that’s very flavorful and easy to make.
Stuffed Eggplant with Walnuts and Lamb is a family favorite. Juicy eggplants are roasted to perfection, topped with spicy lamb and crunchy walnuts. It can't get any better!