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53 best eggplant recipes (because everyone loves eggplant)

From pasta to parmigiana, curries to stir-fries, now's a better time than any to put eggplant on the menu.
Four grilled Japanese eggplant slices, on a blue plate with a blue background.

Miso teriyaki eggplant

Ben Dearnley

Luckily for us, eggplants have a long season in Australia so there are plenty of opportunities to work eggplant recipes into your culinary repertoire. Unleash the vegetable’s smoky, earthy flavours in a charred eggplant dip (we have three variations), or in our barbecued eggplant salad with goat’s curd, mint and pomegranate.

For longer cook times, the Sichuanese fish-fragrant eggplant braise will have your lips tingling with lingering spice, while our popular, hearty eggplant parmigiana looks impressive, and tastes just so. Need a quick fix for your eggplant recipe cravings? We recommend the eggplant stir-fry with tamarind, or the stew of okra, turmeric and eggplant. Come picnic season, we make a bee-line for Danielle Alvarez’s summer vegetable tian (featuring eggplant, of course).

Here are our very best eggplant recipes that are guaranteed to please.

Japanese recipe for spiced eggplant katsu sando in white fluffy bread with no crusts
(Credits: James Moffatt)

Eggplant katsu sando

Eggplant with tabbouleh salad with grilled peaches and pomegranate on white dish with gold spoon and small bowl of tabbouleh salad.
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Eggplant tabbouleh salad with grilled peaches and pomegranate

Fast vegetable moussaka

Eggplant recipe stuffed with shredded chicken
(Credits: John Paul Urizar)

Stuffed eggplant with shredded chicken and mozzarella

Photo: James Moffatt

Carrot and chilli fritters with eggplant pickle and yoghurt

lamb-rump-dish-with-salad

Harissa-roasted lamb rump with pomegranate and eggplant(Credits: James Moffatt)

Harissa-roasted lamb rump with pomegranate and eggplant

Green curry of chicken
(Credits: Kara Rosenlund)

Palisa Anderson’s gaeng keow wan gai (Thai green chicken curry)

Generous chunks of eggplant, pineapple, tomatoes, snake beans, and pea eggplants in coconut curry sauce in a black saucepan.

Photo: John Paul Urizar

(Credits: John Paul Urizar)

Eggplant and pineapple curry

Whole smoky eggplant served on a white plate with three pieces of crusty bread and Greek yoghurt topped with red onion and sumac.

Photo: Alicia Taylor

(Credits: Alicia Taylor)

Smoky eggplant with sumac onions

Dainty Sichuan’s fish-fragrant eggplant (yu xiang qie zi)

Smoky eggplant and capsicum dip
(Credits: Will Horner)

Smoky eggplant and capsicum dip with pita bread

Eggplant and broad beans with soy-sesame dressing
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Tony Tan’s eggplant and broad beans with soy-sesame dressing

Dry curry of lamb and eggplant

Dry curry of lamb and eggplant

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Dry curry of lamb and eggplant

Good Luck Pinbone’s Sichuan chilli eggplant with wood-ear fungus

Good Luck Pinbone’s Sichuan chilli eggplant with wood-ear fungus

Good Luck Pinbone’s Sichuan chilli eggplant with wood-ear fungus

Capitano's caponata

Capitano’s caponata

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Capitano’s caponata

Barbecued eggplant salad with goat’s curd, mint and pomegranate

Barbecued eggplant salad with goat’s curd, mint and pomegranate

(Credits: James Moffatt)

Barbecued eggplant salad with goat’s curd, mint and pomegranate

Eggplant pachadi

Eggplant pachadi

(Credits: William Meppem)

Hanuman’s eggplant pachadi

(Credits: Will Horner)

Calamari with spiced eggplant

Dandelion’s Hmong spicy eggplant mash

Bone marrow with pickled eggplant salad

Bone marrow with pickled eggplant salad

(Credits: William Meppem)

Bone marrow with pickled eggplant salad

Pork and eggplant salad with salted chilli

A thick slice of charred eggplant, topped with a thick white sauce and almonds, on a marbled grey plate, surrounded by a green linen napkin and green foliage.

Coal-roasted eggplant with black garlic

(Credits: Alicia Taylor)

Brent Savage’s coal-roasted eggplant with black garlic

Sichuan braised eggplant

Butter-fried bread with eggplant and herbs by René Redzepi & Nadine Levy Redzepi

Spiced lamb with eggplant salad

Spiced lamb with eggplant salad

(Credits: William Meppem)

Spiced lamb with eggplant salad

Eggplant stuffed with taro

Eggplant stuffed with taro

(Credits: Con Poulos)

Lau’s Family Kitchen’s eggplant stuffed with taro

Roast eggplant, ’nduja and scamorza

Roast eggplant, ’nduja and scamorza

(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Roast eggplant, ’nduja and scamorza

Flatbread with miso eggplant and urchin
(Credits: Adam Gibson)

Analiese Gregory’s flatbread with miso eggplant and urchin

Grilled eggplant with sesame, cumin and chilli
(Credits: Alicia Taylor)

Victor Liong’s grilled eggplant with sesame, cumin and chilli

Shane Delia's poached chicken salad with harissa, eggplant, spring onion and tahini

Shane Delia’s poached chicken salad with harissa, eggplant, spring onion and tahini

(Credits: Rob Shaw)

Shane Delia’s poached chicken salad with harissa, eggplant, spring onion and tahini

Charred prawns, eggplant and chickpeas with roast tomato vinaigrette
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Charred prawns, eggplant and chickpeas with roast tomato vinaigrette

Burrata with char-grilled eggplant

Eggplant, tofu and sugarsnap peas with ginger and soy dressing
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Eggplant, tofu and sugarsnap peas with ginger and soy dressing

Grilled eggplant salad with lentils and sesame yoghurt

Eggplant salad with shallots and salted ricotta
(Credits: Mark Roper)

Longsong’s eggplant salad with shallots and salted ricotta

Grilled eggplant salad with prawns
(Credits: Kara Rosenlund)

Palisa Anderson’s yum makeua (grilled eggplant salad with prawns)

Over the top shot of a cream-coloured eggplant dip, drizzled generously with olive oil and garnished with bright-pink diced pickled turnips and coriander leaves.
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Smoky eggplant and walnut dip

Blue Nile’s Ethiopian eggplant dip

Charred miso eggplant with nori and sesame

Chickpeas with steamed eggplant and almonds

(Credits: William Meppem)

Quick okra, eggplant and turmeric stew

(Credits: William Meppem)

Christine Manfield’s eggplant sandwich

Prime-rib minute steak, spiced eggplant and lemon couscous

Eggplant zaalouk

Eggplant parma jaffles

Stir-fried eggplant with sweet tamarind sauce

Stir-fried eggplant with sweet tamarind sauce

(Credits: Chris Court)

Stir-fried eggplant with sweet tamarind sauce

Dan Hong’s crisp eggplant with fish-fragrant sauce

Roast eggplant, tomato and basil spelt pasta

Papoutsakia

Eggplant parmigiana

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(Credits: William Meppem)

Eggplant parmigiana

Eggplant lines
(Credits: Ben Dearnley)

Miznon’s eggplant lines

Four grilled Japanese eggplant slices, on a blue plate with a blue background.

Miso teriyaki eggplant

(Credits: Ben Dearnley )

Burnt honey and teriyaki Japanese eggplant

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