50 Easy Eggplant Recipes

There are many ways to cook with eggplant: fried, baked, grilled and even as a substitute for meat. Explore some of our favorite techniques to use on this versatile and delicious fruit (yes, it's a fruit!).
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Beef & Eggplant Ragu with Rigatoni

beef eggplant ragu with rigatoni

In this 30-Minute Meal, eggplant and ground beef come together to make a hearty and decadent pasta sauce. Don't forget the ricotta!

Recipe: Try our Beef & Eggplant Ragu with Rigatoni

Roasted Curried Eggplant with Yogurt & Raisins

roasted curried eggplant with yogurt and raisins

You've never had eggplant like this before! This easy recipe makes a great app, side dish, or even a meatless main course.

Recipe: Try our Roasted Curried Eggplant with Yogurt & Raisins

Eggplant Stacks

eggplant stacks

Stack 'em up! Made with layers of grilled eggplant and mozz, this Caprese-inspired dish will taste great long after tomato season ends.

Recipe: Try our Eggplant Stacks

Linguine with Eggplant Ragout

linguine with eggplant ragout

This elegant, meatless main course makes a great special-occasion supper for vegetarians.

Recipe: Try our Linguine with Eggplant Ragout

Sesame-Honey Eggplant

sesame-honey eggplant

Eggplant is a staple in Asian cuisine and plays well with classic flavors like sesame, soy sauce, and fresh ginger.

Recipe: Try our Sesame-Honey Eggplant

Crispy Eggplant with Honey & Rosemary

Crispy Eggplant with Honey & Rosemary

This popular 30-Minute Meal is a great idea for tapas night, but it also works well as an appetizer or main course!

Recipe: Try Rachael's Crispy Eggplant with Garlic & Rosemary

Ziti & Sweet-but-Hot Sauce with Sausage & Eggplant

ziti and sweet-but-hot sauce with sausage and eggplant

By leaving half the skin on and taking half of it off, you'll get lots of texture variation in this easy, meaty eggplant sauce.

Recipe: Try our Ziti & Sweet-but-Hot Sauce with Sausage & Eggplant

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

eggplant with garlic sauce

Garlic lovers, this one's for you. You're just five ingredients away from this easy Asian-inspired side!

Recipe: Try our Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Eggplant Shakshuka

Eggplant Shakshuka

Shakshuka is traditionally made with tomatoes, but this version layers in eggplant too for an extra hit of veggies.

Recipe: Try our Eggplant Shakshuka

Charred Eggplant with Tomato-Kalamata Vinaigrette

charred eggplant with tomato kalamata vinaigrette

Fire up the grill to make this barbecue-ready side dish.

Recipe: Try our Charred Eggplant with Tomato-Kalamata Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken and Eggplant Stacks

grilled chicken and eggplant stacks with fire-roasted tomato sauce

Rach's Tip: Leave the skin on half of the eggplant — it gives the dish great color and texture.

Recipe: Try our Grilled Chicken & Eggplant Stacks

Cheesy Vegetable Tart

cheesy vegetable tart

Zucchini, eggplant, onions, and plenty of cheese. What more could you want?

Recipe: Try our Cheesy Vegetable Tart

Eggplant Roll-Ups

Eggplant Roll-Ups

Store-bought ingredients make this delicious weeknight dinner quick and affordable!

Recipe: Try our Eggplant Roll-Ups

Ratatouille Riggies

Ratatouille Riggies: Eggplant Marinara with Rigatoni and Zucchini

Pan-fried zucchini slices dress up this easy, family-style Eggplant Marinara with Rigatoni.

Recipe: Try our Ratatouille Riggies

Spice-Grilled Eggplant & Feta Pizzas

spice-grilled eggplant feta and spinach pizzas

Pizza on the grill gets toasty and caramelized with all those classic charcoal flavors.

Recipe: Try our Spice-Grilled Eggplant & Feta Pizzas

Chicken & Eggplant Stir-Fry

Chicken & Eggplant Stir-Fry

Kick your Chinese takeout habit with this easy stir-fry recipe. Want to go healthier? Make it with brown rice!

Recipe: Try our Chicken & Eggplant Stir-Fry

Roasted Eggplants with Sicilian-Style Cannellini Beans

Roasted Eggplants with Sicilian-Style Cannellini Beans

This meatless main is a total showstopper. 

Recipe: Try our Roasted Eggplants with Sicilian-Style Cannellini Beans

Ratatouille with Oven-Poached Eggs

ratatouille with oven poached eggs

Poach your eggs in the oven like Rachael does in this 30-Minute Meal and never look back!

Recipe: Try our Ratatouille with Oven-Poached Eggs

Pappa al Pomodoro with Grilled Eggplant

Pappa al Pomodoro with Grilled Eggplant

Sweat out your eggplant to remove the moisture by salting it, setting it on paper towels for 10 to 15 minutes, then patting it dry.

Recipe: Try our Pappa al Pomodoro with Grilled Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant Subs

Grilled Eggplant Subs with Mozzarella and Tomato Jam

This is a handheld meal jam packed with color and flavor!

Recipe: Try our Grilled Eggplant Subs

Grilled Ratatouille Boats

Grilled Ratatouille Boats

Make zucchini boats in a flash by scooping out the seeds and a bit of flesh from the center for a hallowed-out shell that can be stuffed and grilled or baked in the oven.

Recipe: Try our Grilled Ratatouille Boats

Ratatouille Kebabs

Ratatouille Kebabs with Rice Pilaf Packets

Grilled sirloin, eggplant, zucchini, and summer squash all come together on a kebab. Make rice in foil packets and dinner's done!

Recipe: Try our Ratatouille Kebabs

Baked Ziti with Eggplant

Baked Ziti with Eggplant

It's like if eggplant parm and baked ziti had a love child.

Recipe: Try our Baked Ziti with Eggplant

Chicken Moussaka Stacks

chicken moussaka stacks

Pick up some ground chicken tonight and get ready to meet this new family favorite.

Recipe: Try our Chicken Moussaka Stacks

Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles Over Orzo

Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles over Orzo

This hearty meal will warm you up from the inside out.

Recipe: Try our Lamb & Eggplant with Chiles Over Orzo

Farmers' Market Lasagna

Farmers' Market Lasagna

We love this recipe so much, we put it on the cover of our June 2016 issue!

Recipe: Try our Farmers' Market Lasagna

Moussaka

Moussaka

We've cut this rich Greek casserole down to size.

Recipe: Try our Moussaka

Smoky Eggplant & Feta

Smoky Eggplant & Feta

This recipe is so easy, it practically makes itself.

Recipe: Try our Smoky Eggplant & Feta

Ratatouille Grilled Panini

grilled ratatouille panini

Turn your grill into a panini press with this veggie-packed sammie. 

Recipe: Try our Ratatouille Grilled Panini

Eggplant Cacciatore Sandwiches

eggplant cacciatore sandwiches

Garlic bread makes the perfect vessel for these ooey, gooey Italian heroes.

Recipe: Try our Eggplant Cacciatore Sandwiches

Baked Eggplant and Zucchini

Baked Eggplant and Zucchini

Make this five-ingredient dish in no time!

Recipe: Try our Baked Eggplant and Zucchini

Eggplant Parm Grilled Cheese

eggplant-parm grilled cheese

Grilled cheese and eggplant parm are better together.

Recipe: Try our Eggplant Parm Grilled Cheese

Chicken Sorrentino Stacks

chicken sorrentino stacks

You can never have too many chicken recipes in rotation. This 30-Minute Meal is worth adding to the lineup!

Recipe: Try our Chicken Sorrentino Stacks

Lamb & Eggplant Ragu with Pasta

Lamb & Eggplant Ragu with Pasta

Japanese eggplants are those super skinny ones you see at the market. Just slice 'em up and add them to your lamb sauce with onions and garlic. YUM!

Recipe: Try our Lamb & Eggplant Ragu with Pasta

Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

eggplant parmesan lasagna

Instead of frying breaded eggplant in oil, we layered sliced eggplant with lasagna noodles to combine two favorite Italian-American dishes.

Recipe: Try our Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna

Sweet Sausage & Eggplant Penne

Sweet Sausage & Eggplant Penne

Meat and eggplant play well together in this stick-to-your-ribs pasta recipe.

Recipe: Try our Sweet Sausage & Eggplant Penne

Glazed Eggplant with Sesame Seeds

Glazed Eggplant with Sesame Seeds and Chives

This Asian-inspired snack is great for appetizers or entertaining.

Recipe: Try our Glazed Eggplant with Sesame Seeds

Vegetable Lasagnas

Vegetable Lasagna

Surprise! This lasagna has ZERO gluten.

Recipe: Try our Vegetable Lasagnas

Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Bruschetta

Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Bruschetta

The classic tomato-basil combo gets an eggplant makeover!

Recipe: Try our Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Bruschetta

Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush

This easy Middle Eastern eggplant spread is best eaten with fresh pita bread.

Recipe: Try our Baba Ghanoush

Grilled Caponata with Charred Bread

Grilled Caponata with Charred Bread

Make sure to get a good char on the veggies for a healthy and flavorful spread.

Recipe: Try our Grilled Caponata with Charred Bread

Cavatelli with Sausage & Eggplant

Cavatelli with Sausage, Eggplant and Saffron Cream

Saffron adds a rich sweetness to this hearty dish.

Recipe: Try our Cavatelli with Sausage & Eggplant

Cod with Eggplants, Tomato & Basil

cod with eggplant tomatoes and basil

Let flavorful summer produce do its thing in this simple recipe.

Recipe: Try our Cod with Eggplants, Tomato & Basil

Stuffed Eggplant Steaks

Stuffed Eggplant Steaks

Firm yet buttery, eggplant holds up well when filled and grilled. And it's a good source of fiber, too!

Recipe: Try our Stuffed Eggplant Steaks

Ratatouille Wraps

Ratatouille Wraps

A French side dish is made into a meal with whole-wheat wraps and creamy goat cheese.

Recipe: Try our Ratatouille Wraps

Pork & Bell Pepper Stir-Fry

pork and bell pepper stir fry

Make it a stir-fry night.

Recipe: Try our Pork & Bell Pepper Stir-Fry

Eggplant Raviolini Soup

eggplant raviolini soup

This is a soup-version of Rachael's favorite Pasta alla Norma.

Recipe: Try our Eggplant Ravolini Soup

Cheesy Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Cheesy Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Salty prosciutto and creamy jarlsberg cheese are the perfect accompaniments to eggplant and grilled bread.

Recipe: Try our Cheesy Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Red Beans & Rice with Merguez & Eggplant

red beans and rice with merguez and eggplant

Rice and beans — it's a classic for a reason!

Recipe: Try our Red Beans & Rice with Merguez & Eggplant

Baked Salmon with Quick Caponata

baked salmon quick caponata

You can never have too many healthy fish dinners in rotation.

Recipe: Try our Baked Salmon with Quick Caponata