21 Eggplant Recipes Everyone Will Love
One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available. Although you can find it year-round, eggplant is in-season during the summer, and there are countless ways to prepare it. Since it’s a heartier vegetable that can stand up to many cooking methods, eggplant is a filling meat replacement for vegetarian meals. Classic eggplant parmesan is always a crowd-pleasing dinner option, but eggplant is also a perfect veggie to throw on the grill alongside those burgers this summer. On your next visit to the farmers’ market, be sure to stock up on eggplant because you’ll want to make all of these fresh eggplant recipes. Whether appetizers, side dishes, or meatless mains, these easy eggplant recipes are so versatile.
Eggplant Parmesan with Feta
Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan with Feta
This Italian classic is perfect for an easy but impressive dinner when company is coming.
Grilled Ratatouille Skewers
Roasted Tomato-Eggplant Soup with Garlic Croutons
Grilled Eggplant-and-Corn Romesco Napoleons
This colorful dish is a beautiful excuse to go meatless for dinner, and it’s ideal for firing up the grill in the summer when fresh corn is in abundance.
Recipe: Eggplant Rollups
This recipe looks impressive but only takes a handful of ingredients and 20 minutes of hands-on time.
Recipe: Eggplant-Yogurt Dip
Our twist on classic baba ganoush is the fresh summer appetizer your dinner party needs. If you have leftovers, it would be delicious swiped on a sandwich or wrap in place of your usual condiments at lunch.
Pasta with Eggplant, Burrata, and Mint
Whether you’re looking for a meatless main dish or a side to pair with grilled chicken, steak, or seafood, this pasta recipe with dreamy burrata cheese should be your pick.
Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan
Recipe: Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan
Our stuffed version of classic eggplant parmesan is lower on carbs but doesn’t lack any flavor.
Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette
Use your fresh farmers’ market haul for this tasty grilled side dish recipe.
Rainbow Greek Salmon Kabobs
Recipe: Rainbow Greek Salmon Kabobs
Every night by the grill doesn’t have to be weighed down with heavy red meat. If you’re looking for a lighter grilled recipe for dinner, these colorful kabobs include your main and side dishes in one.
Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan
Garden Eggplant Pizza
Recipe: Garden Eggplant Pizza
You won’t feel guilty about eating this veggie-packed pizza.
Crispy Eggplant, Tomato, and Provolone Stacks with Basil
How fun are these meatless mini sandwiches? If you want a protein boost, add bacon or prosciutto before baking.
Charred Eggplant with Miso Dressing
As fancy as it sounds, this side dish recipe only takes a few easy ingredients. If you’re grilling out anyway, you have no reason not to try it.
Spiced Eggplant Cutlets
Recipe: Spiced Eggplant Cutlets
Eggplant is a veggie that’s hearty enough to stand alone as a main dish. When paired with our Chickpea-feta salad, you have a beautifully balanced vegetarian meal, but you can always add grilled steak, chicken, or seafood.
Grilled Summer Vegetable Platter
Recipe: Grilled Summer Vegetable Platter
This colorful veggie platter is ideal for a self-serve station at a backyard cookout, and the vinaigrette it’s served with gives it bonus flavor points.
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna
Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna
This super cheesy lasagna is a hearty meatless replacement for your usual beefy lasagna recipe.
Recipe: Roasted Vegetables
Use this recipe as your cheat sheet for perfectly roasted vegetables every time.
Grilled Steak-and-Ratatouille Salad with Basil-Garlic Vinaigrette
This main dish salad is a beautiful, low-carb way to enjoy steak night at your house, especially when it’s grilling weather outside.
Chicken with Ratatouille
Recipe: Chicken with Ratatouille
This is the best one-dish dinner for using up fresh-from-the-market produce.
Grilled Eggplant with Sweet Pepper-Tomato Topping
This fresh dish can be served as a light main or a colorful side.