Perfect Roasted Eggplant (Tender, Caramelized!)

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Oven roasted eggplant cubes in a bowl

Is it just us or is eggplant totally misunderstood!? If you’re in the camp of only experiencing eggplant as a sad and soggy addition to mealtime, fear not, we have just the thing: perfect oven-roasted eggplant! It’s easy to prepare (just 3 ingredients, 30 minutes, and 1 pan required) and results in an addictive crispiness and caramelization. We had a hard time not snacking the whole batch right out of the pan! 

It’s perfect as a side with nearly any main and in wraps, bowls, and salads, or tossed with pasta. Let us show you how it’s done! 

Eggplant, olive oil, and salt

How to Roast Eggplant

Roasting is our go-to method for eggplant because it’s quick and easy, hands-off, and seriously delicious! The eggplant can be cut into cubes, quarter-moons, slices, and more. But our favorite? Cubes!

Eggplant cubes on a plate

Cubing the eggplant allows it to fit comfortably on just one baking sheet without crowding. And that means it gets golden brown and caramelized instead of soggy!

Baking sheet of cubed eggplant topped with olive oil and salt

The other trick for perfect roasted eggplant? Cooking it at a high temperature (425 F / 218 C) for enough time (25-30 minutes) to give it a browned exterior and tender interior. Just look at those cubed purple beauties!

Tender, caramelized roasted eggplant on a baking sheet

We hope you LOVE this oven-roasted eggplant! It’s:

Perfectly salty
& Super snack-able!

What To Do With Roasted Eggplant

Not sure how to use it? Don’t worry — it’s hard to go wrong!

Roasted eggplant goes well with nearly any main, especially Mediterranean-inspired and Italian-inspired dishes. It’s also delicious in wraps, bowls, and salads, or tossed with pasta. Eggplant knows no bounds!

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Close-up shot of a fork holding cubed roasted eggplant

Perfect Roasted Eggplant (Tender, Caramelized!)

An easy, step-by-step recipe for oven-roasted eggplant! It’s tender, caramelized, versatile, and perfect every time! Just 3 ingredients and 30 minutes required.
Author Minimalist Baker
Cubed roasted eggplant on a baking sheet
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 (1/2-cup servings)
Course Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 1-2 Days


  • 1 medium eggplant, ends trimmed, cut into 1/2- to 1-inch cubes (1 medium eggplant yields ~4 cups cubed or 400g)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Preheat the oven to 425 F (218 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add cubed eggplant to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle evenly with olive oil and, working quickly, toss to evenly distribute the oil. Sprinkle evenly with the salt and toss once more. Roast on the center rack for 25-30 minutes or until tender with a lightly browned exterior, tossing around the 15-minute mark.
  • Serve as a side or snack, in bowls, wraps, or pasta, or on salads.
  • Best when fresh. Leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. Reheat in a cast iron skillet until warm. Not freezer friendly.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 half-cup serving Calories: 85 Carbohydrates: 5.9 g Protein: 0.9 g Fat: 6.9 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 294 mg Potassium: 229 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 3.5 g Vitamin A: 23 IU Vitamin C: 2.2 mg Calcium: 9.7 mg Iron: 0.3 mg

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  1. Vicki McIntee says

    I didn’t realize just how much I like eggplant until I followed your recipe. One mod I did though is no oil I simply used veggie broth one time and water another time. Came out great!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed eggplant cooked this way, Vicki. Thank you for sharing! xo

  2. Lil says

    I made this delicious dish for a side to my baked salmon. It was SO easy and SO delicious. The only thing I did differently was to put the cut up eggplant chunks into a gallon size ziplock bag, poured in the oil and shook it up well. I then spread it out onto a baking pan lined with non-stick foil and ground up my sea salt over the eggplant. It was delicious and easy. Thanks for the introduction to a fab side dish!

  3. Sussie says

    I love cooking with eggplant, but never roasted it in the oven.
    Love it! Wanted to use it in a pasta sauce, but ate half of the cubes before they had a chance to go into the sauce.

    I used very little salt and it was Herb salt. And I tried it with nutritional yeast, which was really good!

    Will look up more of your recipes:-)

  4. Jackie says

    This recipe is absolutely delicious! I added a little Trader Joe’s Garlic Salt (it comes in a grinder) to half. Salt or garlic salt, both equally delicious! Like most have said, it’s hard to stop eating it straight out of the oven! I tossed some with some gluten free elbow pasta and red sauce and that’s also so yum! Thank you for sharing this ‘super-simple-actually-can-be-completed-in-about-30-minutes-start-to-finish’ recipe!

  5. Sue says

    Made this last night to use in Eggplant Masala. I added 1/8 tsp liquid smoke, and 1 tsp garam masala to the oil and salt.
    It was delicious!

  6. Anne says

    I can’t believe how easy and wonderful this eggplant is! I made it for my daughter but it’s going to be a real struggle not to eat the whole batch. I roast vegetables a lot, but hadn’t tried eggplant before. (My husband’s not a fan even though he’s never tasted it!) I probably will be making this every week for a while – for myself. Thank you so much!

  7. Jacki says

    I made this, this morning. It was really yummy. First time ever cooking eggplant and I haven’t eaten in more than 20 years. I might use less salt next time but I loved the. crispy outside and soft inside. I wound up adding it to some lettuce wraps I made with ground lamb, red onion and grape tomatoes. Had some left over tzatziki sauce I drizzled on it. Then I went back for seconds on the eggplant alone. Will DEFINITELY be making this again. Would be a great little snack.

  8. Elizabeth says

    Outstanding! We tried growing eggplant this year, because although neither my husband nor I have ever really liked it, we were told it would make a big difference if it was fresh from the garden.

    This was the first recipe we tried, and it was *delicious*! All the eggplant we’ve had before has been bitter or kind of tough, but especially when this is hot, it’s wonderful. We were hard put not to eat it all off the baking sheet before it came to the table! I’m using it as a side dish for Italian-themed dishes.

    Thanks for a wonderful recipe and a great and simple way to use our garden produce!

  9. Diane Sunbury says

    Absolutely delicious and so easy to make ! I will make this a regular on my list of vegetables. It does freeze well in single layers and makes a great addition to pasta sauce.

  10. Teresa says

    I used a cast-iron pan and the results were amazing…also, I have found the roasted cubes very freezer friendly…I use them as a pizza topping or in pasta sauce with no problem.

  11. Michelle says

    This is the first time I roasted eggplant and I am sooo sorry it took this long. This recipe is simple and so perfect! After roasting I added sautés onions and marinara spice, and poured over pasta. Delish and so easy. Will definitely be a staple, as my husband said!

  12. Cicielle says

    I read some comments, and chose to reduce the heat on my attempt at this recipe, and cook on the low side of time (3′ vs 5′ in the 3-5′). Even so, I now have a pan (non-stick) that has bad burn marks that I need to figure out how to clean, as normal soaking and using non-stick scrubbing sponge did little to remove the marks.

    I thought this might be a little bland, so fixed some as per the instructions, and added garlic powder to the rest. I prefer those with the garlic powder.

  13. Lauralee Leonard says

    I’ve made this recipe and its exquisite. If you love the taste of eggplant this is a must try recipe. for me, cause I’m basically lazy, its a go to because its so easy and the results are consistently delicious. I used to look longingly at eggplants at the grocery cause every recipe for them required a lot of labor. Now that I have this recipe, there is always an eggplant in my big bowl of vegetables, so I can make this recipe any time.! thankyou MB

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We know the feeling, Lauralee! And we’re so glad you enjoy it too! Thank you for sharing! Next time, would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  14. solange says

    the skin was unpleasantly hard to chew, do you think it could be due to overly hot oven or maybe lack of oil? (I followed the amount though)

  15. Amy says

    This is by far the most delicious, easiest, and lowest mess way of cooking eggplant I’ve ever tried! No need to sprinkle the eggplant with salt and wait for the liquid to drain off, which I never manage to do without making a mess. It was so delicious my toddler loudly asked for more. Thank you!

  16. Amanda says

    This is quick and very easy. I added it to pesto pasta tonight. I will definitely be making it again as a side for other dishes.

    • Teresa says

      I used a cast-iron pan and the results were amazing…also, I have found the roasted cubes very freezer friendly…I use them as a pizza topping or in pasta sauce with no problem.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sylvia! Next time, would you mind also leaving a star rating? It really helps us and other readers! Thanks again!

  17. Ranger says

    I grow several varieties of eggplant (asian, middle eastern, and italian varieties). Mostly non bitter varieties but it works perfect for either. This is how I process them for future use. They do store in the freezer quite well. You just have to single layer freeze them after they cool. And then to reuse them you add them frozen to stir-fries, stews, soups, and pastas. Or I actually microwave them and then make baba ganoush! I also prefer to use garlic salt. But that’s because I don’t think you can never have too much garlic.

  18. Sara Zayed says

    Hi Dana! Could this be made oil free? I know that’s probably a bit of a stretch but wondering how you would do it if so.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jane, we tested both ways and didn’t find it changed the flavor much (it’s supposed to remove bitterness), so we stuck with the quicker/easier route =)

  19. Michele says

    I know what I am buying at the grocery store! I love roasted eggplant. My question is about types—have you compared Italian vs. Japanese vs Chinese? I usually buy Japanese because it tends to be fresher, and you avoid the seedy female eggplants, but what is your experience?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! All are delicious in our experience, but we haven’t experimented as much with Japanese or Chinese varieties.

  20. Amanda says

    Also to make the eggplant even more delicious after roasting you can serve with a simple dipping sauce of 2 T. reduced sodium soy sauce, one T. sesame oil, a splash of OJ, and a squirt of sriracha or 1/2 T. of your favorite salsa. Shake to blend. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      What a lovely idea, Sharon! We think you could mix the oil with miso paste and a little water and then coat the veggies. But we haven’t tried that with eggplant! Let us know if you give it a try!