30 Eggplant Recipes to Make This Summer

updated Jul 28, 2022
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While eggplant is readily available all year long at grocery stores, it’s never as good as when it’s in season, which it happens to be right now. You’ll find the purple orbs piled up at farmers markets (when buying eggplant, be sure to choose one that’s firm, with smooth, shiny skin and a green stem, and feels heavy for its size) and stuffed inside your CSA box. It’s tender and sweet this time of year, and it deserves your attention.

How to cook with it, though? You have so many options! It can be grilled or roasted simply as a side dish, transformed into a silky pasta sauce, and, of course, be fried and layered into a cheesy, luxe eggplant Parm. Here are 30 of our favorite eggplant recipes to make with this hearty vegetable.

Eggplant Pastas

Pasta is a perfect counterpart to eggplant because it begs to be paired with a sauce that’s both silky and flavor-packed, both of which the purple vegetable can achieve.

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One-Pot Eggplant Caponata Pasta
All the tangy, sweet, and savory elements of the classic Sicilian eggplant dish of tomatoes, olives, capers, and more come together in this flavor-packed one-pot pasta.
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Caramelized Eggplant & Onion Orzo
Hearty eggplant, juicy tomatoes, colorful peppers, and fragrant basil come together in this quick and easy skillet dinner that’s perfectly suited for busy weeknights.
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Feta & Eggplant Pasta Salad
Lots of crumbly, salty feta adds intrigue to this orecchiette pasta salad.
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Vegan Eggplant Bolognese
You don't have to be vegan to enjoy this hearty plant-based ragu.
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The Easiest Eggplant Noodles
Rather than use eggplant in your pasta sauce, make them the noodles themselves!
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Other Great Eggplant Mains

Since eggplant is such a naturally meaty vegetable, it’s a great choice when you’re looking to build a satisfying dinner that just so happens to be meatless.

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Eggplant Pizza
Dotted with your choice of toppings and garnishes, eggplant pizza is saucy and cheesy - and doesn't require pizza dough.
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Eggplant Casserole
With layers of herbed ricotta cheese, quick homemade marinara, meaty yet super creamy and tender eggplant, and a gooey cheesy top, this eggplant casserole is a must-make dinner.
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Baby Eggplants in Peanut-Basil Sauce
This flavor-packed stuffed eggplant becomes a satisfying meal when served with rice, naan, or roti, which also helps soak up all the delicious sauce.
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Classic Eggplant Parmesan
Here's how to make the very best version of this well-loved casserole.
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Vegan Stir-Fried Garlic Tofu and Eggplant
This quick stir-fry makes for a perfect light summer dinner.
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Stuffed Eggplant Parm
Everything you love about classic eggplant Parm, stuffed into a hollowed-out eggplant shell and topped with melted mozzarella.
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Roasted Eggplant Sabich Bowl
This vegetarian hummus bowl is inspired by sabich, a Middle Eastern sandwich stuffed with fried eggplant, tomato-cucumber salad, and hard-boiled eggs.
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Eggplant Caponata Sandwiches
The sweet, savory, and tangy caponata for these sandwiches is also pretty amazing all on its own.
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Eggplant Rollatini
Stuff ribbons of eggplant with herby ricotta and you can do no wrong.
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Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Bowl with Turmeric Tahini
This vibrant grain bowl is topped with chickpeas, roasted eggplant, and a vibrant turmeric tahini sauce.
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Ina Garten's Roasted Eggplant Parmesan
This cheesy, saucy, crispy-crunchy eggplant Parmesan is made with roasted eggplant slices instead of fried.
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Grilled Eggplant Burgers with Halloumi Cheese
Who needs beef burgers when you can make these meaty meatless ones?
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Eggplant Lasagna
This cheesy, saucy, yet light lasagna uses eggplant slices in place of noodles for a perfect late-summer dinner.
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Skillet Eggplant Parm
This easy recipe for roasted eggplant Parmesan calls for just one skillet and zero frying.
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Cheesy Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Jam
This grilled eggplant dish, which is like a lightened-up twist on eggplant Parm, features a homemade tomato jam and melty mozzarella.
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One-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Pearl Couscous and Eggplant
This one-skillet dish features crispy chicken thighs, pearl couscous, and eggplant simmered in a flavorful tomato base. A complete dinner with minimal dishes to wash? Yes, please!
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Eggplant Salads and Sides

Just like all vegetables, eggplant can play the side dish, too, of course. Use it as the base for a colorful salad, roast it simply, or even turn it into fries.

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Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, and Pine Nuts
This hearty salad also happens to be fresh and bright, thanks to lots of chopped mint.
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Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese
Enjoy this salad warm, room temperature, or cold — it's great all three ways.
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Easy Eggplant Roses
Parmesan and fresh herbs are tucked into the layers of these eggplant roses.
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Baked Eggplant Fries
These crispy, oven-baked eggplant fries feature a super-simple breading and a creamy interior.
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Easy French Ratatouille
Make this thick and silky French stew of eggplant, zucchini, sweet peppers, and ripe summer tomatoes before summer ends.
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Crispy Eggplant Bacon
We're taking eggplant to the skillet, seasoning it for bacon success, and frying it up — just like the real stuff.
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Roasted Eggplant, Two Ways
Selecting the right eggplant, salting it properly, and flipping it in the oven all help turn the vegetable into silky, tender perfection.
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Grilled Eggplant Topped with Goat Cheese and Tomato
The crumbled goat cheese melts perfectly on these tender eggplant slices when grilled.
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Baby Gem Lettuce with Charred Eggplant Yogurt, Smacked Cucumber, and Shatta
This recipe, from the cookbook Falastin, is fresh, vibrant, and works well either as a stand-alone starter or as part of a spread or side.
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