Simple Baba Ganoush

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Veggies and pita bread surrounding a bowl of our baba ganoush recipe

Baba Ganoush requires a grill: False
Baba Ganoush requires a gas stove: False
Baba Ganoush can be made by anyone anywhere with access to a broiler: True

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Partially sliced eggplant next to parsley, garlic, and lemon

Have you ever looked at a recipe and rolled your eyes, thinking, “Yeah, right. I’m never making that it’s way too complicated.” Welcome to the story of my life and the idea behind this blog.

I love simplicity and figuring out new, easy ways to make delicious eats – such as baba ganoush, one of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes.

Origins of Baba Ganoush

Similar to falafel, the exact origin of baba ganoush is hotly debated. This eggplant-based dip is enjoyed in several parts of the Middle East, including Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Armenia, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Turkey. Several variations and flavor profiles exist. You can learn more here.

Colander and baking sheet of eggplant rounds

How to Make Baba Ganoush

Baba ganoush is just basically eggplant blended up with lemon juice, tahini and sea salt. Typically you have to char the eggplant on a grill or over the flame of a gas stove. I currently do not have access to a gas stove, and while I have a grill I recognize some people don’t.

My solution: Slicing the eggplant into rounds and broiling it to get that roasty, charry goodness. The result? Time and energy saved, and it’s just as delicious as the traditional method if not better. Muahahaha, I love breaking the rules.

Food processor with ingredients for making our easy baba ganoush recipe

So, all you need for this dip is:

1 eggplant
1 lemon
Garlic
Tahini (how to make your own)
Sea salt

Optional: fresh herbs. Totally unnecessary but great for an extra flavor boost + more color.

Food processor with freshly made baba ganoush topped with fresh parsley

What’s it taste like? Uber creamy, decadent, slightly sweet and the perfect balance of savory and tangy from the lemon and tahini. It’s so lush and creamy you can hardly believe it’s vegan and doesn’t require gobs of oil.

Friends, if you’ve ever had baba ganoush this version might blow you away. Try it and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I think I’ll just face plant into this entire bowl.

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Dipping a radish slice into a bowl of eggplant dip

Simple Baba Ganoush

Simple 5-ingredient baba ganoush that doesn’t require a grill or gas stove. This new method saves you time and energy and is JUST as delicious – if not more – than the original. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Dipping a radish slice in a bowl of Baba Ganoush
4.66 from 134 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Course Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Inspired, Middle Eastern-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant*
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil (for roasting)
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice (1 medium lemon yields ~3 Tbsp juice)
  • 1 large clove garlic (grated or finely minced)
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, parsley or basil (optional // chopped)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to high broil (or medium if you have the ability) and position a rack at the top of the oven.
  • Slice your eggplant into 1/4 inch rounds and sprinkle with sea salt and place in a colander in the sink to drain any excess liquid. After 10 minutes, rinse slightly and then pat dry between two towels.
  • Arrange on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Roast for 5-10 minutes, turning once or twice, until the eggplant is softened and golden brown. Remove from pan, stack and wrap the rounds in foil to lock in moisture – wait 5 minutes.
  • Peel away most of the skin of the eggplant (a little is OK) and add flesh to a food processor. It should be soft and tender and the skin should come off easy.
  • Add lemon juice, garlic, tahini, a pinch of salt and mix until creamy. Add herbs last and pulse to incorporate. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a bit more tahini and another pinch of salt.
  • Serve with pita and/or pita chips or veggies (for gluten-free friendly option). Will keep covered in the fridge for several days.

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Notes

*You can sub 3/4 of a large eggplant for the 1 medium eggplant.
*Eggplant drying method adapted from Pioneer Woman.
*Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 1 Tbsp olive oil for roasting and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 Servings Calories: 114 Carbohydrates: 11.1 g Protein: 2.8 g Fat: 7.7 g Saturated Fat: 1.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 48 mg Potassium: 374 mg Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 5.5 g Vitamin A: 50 IU Vitamin C: 10.7 mg Calcium: 50 mg Iron: 1.1 mg

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  1. Chrissy says

    This is delicious! Only, part way through making it I realized I didn’t have any lemons left! So I saw on another website to substitute balsamic vinegar and it was great! It probably tastes sunnier with a lemon, but I still thought it was fab! I will be making this again! Great recipe! 👍👍 Two thumbs up

  2. Rob says

    This was amazing. I can’t follow recipes; I didn’t weigh/measure anything and I changed a few things around a bit, but followed the general idea.
    I don’t have an oven or grill, just a stove top, so I thickly sliced the aubergine and cooked it in butter in a pan.
    I don’t like garlic so used red onion instead.
    I didn’t have lemon so I skipped that.
    When I tasted it at the end it was a little too salty so I added half a red pepper (bell pepper) and blended that in.

  3. sandra forte says

    Followed the recipe to a tee and it was AMAZING!! I didn’t really yell this out but I could have because this dip deserves it. Love, love, love it!!!
    Thanks Dana xx

  4. Zachary says

    Hi, strange you left off Israel on your list of countries that enjoy baba Ghanoush, we most defintely love it as well! Please recognize our country and homeland as well! Thanks

  5. Danielle says

    This is a great recipe, very tasty. But cutting the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices makes spooning out the flesh a lot more difficult. Try the same recipe but halve the eggplant lengthwise and roast face down. It makes spooning out the flesh 100% easier.

    Otherwise, this is quite good.

  6. Pam says

    I halved and roasted my Japanese eggplants on an olive oiled and lightly sea salted pan, then scooped out the pulp leaving one with the skin intact for color. I also roasted the garlic cloves at the same time. Then I looked for a recipe. This was quite easy and the results were delicious.

  7. Julia Zorzanello Byron says

    This was a horrible recipe! 25 minutes is a total miscalculation. The eggplant prep/cooking process took forever. Stick with a recipe that keeps the eggplant mostly whole when you roast it and scrape it out.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Julia, sorry to hear that was your experience! It shouldn’t take much more than that, but we’ll double check the recipe for timing.

  8. Kat says

    Loved this dish! The 2nd time making it, to save time I skipped draining (step 2) and kept the skin on when blending it – still turned out great! Recommend those tips if you want a simpler and faster version.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      A blender might work! But we’d suggest pulsing so it doesn’t overmix and become gluey.

  9. John says

    But, why? You say you’re trying to simplify recipes. How’s this: Stab the eggplant like it’s Julius Caesar, put it in a dish to catch the juices, throw it in a toaster oven @400F for 45 minutes. Then goto step 4 of your recipe. You’re making it too hard.

  10. Tanya Howze says

    Dana girl,

    Hi! I was looking for something quick and easy to make with eggplant from my garden. I whipped this up and scooped some over salad greens with a few kalamata olives and OMG! it was absolutely delicious! This will be my go to recipe for my eggplant harvest! Thank you!

  11. Shaina says

    Wow! Yum! I’m Israeli and I can say that this is a perfect “everyday” babaganosh. Not exactly the same as the grandmother version made over the grill – but so much easier and perfect for everyday! Delish – love slathering it on sandwhiches, with falafel+pita, with salads – yummy!

    Warning – when you unwrap the foil the eggplant will be HOT! I let it sit for a few minutes – I thought it would be cool from sitting in the foil but no ;)

  12. Tammy says

    This is a very simple and delicious way to use eggplant. Even a family member who thought they didn’t like eggplant loved this “hummus” :)
    Thanks so much.

  13. Lisa says

    I made this and it’s delicious. This is my first time having Baba Ganoush. I love it! I ate it with veggies. Your recipes are always delish!! Thank you!

  14. Barb says

    Loved this Baba Ganoush And will definitely make it again. My only challenge was the peel didn’t come off easily. Could I just peel it before I roast and purée? So good I wish I had doubled the recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Barb, you could try that! Did you put it in foil after cooking to help steam it? Also, it’s okay if some of the skin gets added.

  15. Divya Marwaha says

    Came out delicious. I have lived in the Middle east all my childhood, and I love baba ghanoush. This came out yummy!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Divya. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  16. Catherine says

    This is gorgeous. I used Scottish cold pressed rapeseed oil instead of olive oil, and added smoked paprika. I would double the recipe for more than 2 people.

  17. William says

    I did not find this recipe easy by any stretch. Actually, it’s not hard, but it is enormously time consuming. Who has the time? You don’t need to do all of this cutting and salting and all the rest of it. Why can’t you cut the eggplants in half and bake/roast until soft and scoop out the insides? If you need burnt flavor, finish under a broiler and then scoop? I had two eggplants and doubled everything and there was too much tahini. It probably took me 45 minutes before I was ready to put all of this into a food processor. And I ended up with less than a yogurt container of baba. I’m not doing this again, that’s for sure.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi William, so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this method! Better luck with the next one!

  18. Liana says

    This recipe has changed my attitude about eggplant dip! I got a big lovely eggplant with my CSA but remembered the watery dip of previous attempts and grudgingly looked for recipes. In the past I roasted whole, but the tip to slice, salt, pat dry, and roast transformed the results. I roasted a huge eggplant (probably only 1/3 to 1/2 inch thin slices) plus two serrano peppers cut in half. In a bowl I whipped the tahini and lemon juice before adding the eggplant (unpeeled, because I was being reckless) and peeled serranos. I mashed everything together with chopped garlic and a fork, occasionally tearing up the skin if it seemed too clumpy. Spectacular and easy. Thank you!

  19. Claire Bissett says

    I had some extra egg plant around and found this awesome recipe. I had to pry my husbands hands off the container to put it in the fridge to save some. I honestly was too lazy to do the “lock in moisture” step or to remove the peel so I just took it straight from the oven and put it into the food processor. It is still delicious just had to blend it a little bit longer. Thanks so much for yet another great recipe.

  20. Hana says

    omg. so good. have been making this for lunch for my mom and I during this quarantine for a while now and just needed to comment that whoever came up with this recipe is genius. thank you so much<3

  21. Diane says

    This was amazing! I omitted the olive oil during the roasting and it was fine. Eggplant is difficult to get a hold of these past few weeks so this felt extra special. Thanks for the easy recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Diane. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

      • HannahB says

        My new go-to baba ghanoush recipe. I love how simple and straightforward it is, and I especially love the technique of slicing, salting and broiling the eggplant. My former method was the common recipe of roasting the eggplant whole in a hot oven, draining the juice that came out and mixing in the other ingredients, but to my taste, it always came out bitter and runny. The slices here come out well-cooked and slightly dry (they soften a lot during the steam-rest) so when it all gets mixed together, it comes out thick and creamy, not gloopy. My only tweak might be to peel the eggplant first, simply because I’ll put them aside for the steam rest and then get distracted doing something else, and by the time I get back to the eggplant, the skins have dried a bit and are hard to remove. Peel it first, and no problem! I also slightly roast the garlic cloves (and lots of them) in the residual heat of the oven, after the eggplant is done, just to tame it a bit. I love garlic, but sometimes I also need to go out in public, and you know, do things. :)

  22. Cecile says

    I was so excited to find this recipe! Thanks for posting it. I “roasted” the eggplant in my air fryer for 10 minutes and left it in until the air fryer had cooled. No prep work to the eggplant was necessary; I even left the oil out. Peeling was very easy. I seasoned to taste with the other ingredients and will definitely make it again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Cecile. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  23. Tori T says

    So easy and so delicious! I skipped the step where they needed to be wrapped in foil for moisture retention – didn’t find I needed it. Was worried all the ingredients as written wouldn’t fit in my mini food-processor, but they did! Success! Will make many times again :)

  24. Da says

    Wonderful, versatile and simple! I had a much larger eggplant on hand, so essentially I made a double recipe, added more garlic, because garlic, and a dash of white balsamic for a touch of zing. Next time, I think I’ll roast the garlic, too.

  25. Cheryl l Gallion says

    You did it girl! Easy peasy and delicious!! I made it by your recipe except I had 2 eggplants so I doubled it. It’s just like the stuff I used to buy back in Michigan. I love it. :)

  26. DEBORAH SEPIAN says

    This is almost the exact same recipe I’ve been using for years, except that I add more garlic and lemon juice, per my Armenian husband’s request. He absolutely loves it!! What he doesn’t know, though, is that I also add 1 large spoonful of Lebni (kefir cheese yogurt) as well. Most markets have begun to carry Lebni. You can find it in the dairy section. It gives the BG a little big of a tangy taste and makes it creamier. Whether or not you add the Lebni, this is a great, super simple recipe that I make in 1 bowl, stirred by hand.

  27. Emily says

    I was surprised reading other reviews that people had a hard time peeling their eggplants. I put the time of a fork between the skin and the meat and with almost all of the slices the meat literally just fell into the blender and I was left with the skin just dangling from the fork. Maybe broil longer? I waited until mine browned (I’m bad with time so I can’t put a minute estimation on it).

  28. Dana says

    I’ve made this recipe twice in the last two days! Day 1 as a dip for a party (everyone loved it!) and Day 2 dolloped on a bowl of rice, beans, and veggies. Rather than broil the eggplant, I cooked it in the pressure cooker for 20 minutes with one cup of water. I may be missing some char flavor but it’s really so delicious this way and is oil free. Also easier cleanup!

    • Emily says

      Omg! Baba ghanoush is maybe my favorite food of all time but bc of my digestive issues, I can’t eat garlic. Making it myself was too complicated before this. Instead of garlic I add a fork-stab full of kalamata olives from the jar and a splash of brine (I like it better than the garlic version and so do my friends but that’s against the rules so don’t tell anybody). Thank you for giving me my favorite food back!

  29. Frank says

    I love this recipe because it is so easy. It’s even easier if you use a jar or can of roasted eggplant that I get at the international supermarket. I’ve made it with many different brands and it’s always delicious.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Frank. We are so glad you enjoy it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  30. Jeffrey Slack says

    Loved this recipe and made it 5 or 6 times in the months after discovering it. Everyone who tried it (including skeptics) were impressed. I preferred it with even more lemon juice and garlic, but I overload those 2 ingredients when I make hummus as well.

    • Linda Martha Castro says

      I do the same as you.
      I also add freshly diced tomatoes around the top edges as a garnish & sometimes add cilantro or finely chopped green onions on top center for ‘pretty’ & tasty.

  31. Melanie says

    Love Love Love this recipe & I have made this recipe so many times over this past summer, especially when the eggplants were plentiful. I was extremely happy when I spotted a huge organic one during Dec. at the Grocery store yesterday, I knew I had to buy it to make this recipe again. I thought I thanked you before, but I saw the recipe sitting here in my inbox and wanted to write a review. ♡
    I mostly skip the colander soak and just season mine with a Cuban Mojo Seasoning and broil in avocado oil. Sometimes the broiled eggplant doesn’t even make it that far into the blender to finish the recipe, for once I taste test it, it’s that delicious, I eat it skins & all. ♡ If it makes after the taste test, as it did yesterday, after adding a garlic clove, 1 tbl of tahini, lemon juice & fresh or dried basil, I then enjoy it hot right out of the blender with slices of thin nut bread & carrot sticks. FAV for sure. Thanks again.

  32. Cristina says

    This is what Ive found works well to enhance flavor, I’ve been making roasted eggplant spread for 15+ years.

    When broiling eggplant, I find I get a smokier flavor by putting a whole eggplant under the broiler (make sure to poke some holes in the eggplants before broiling it). I turn it occasionally until it is cooked with some charring on the skin. Then, I take the whole eggplants and put them in a mixing bowl and cover the bowl (they are still hot when doing this). This allows some of the extra liquid to drain and the smoky flavor to permeate the eggplant flesh. Let the eggplants sit in the covered bowl until they cook.

    I found the quickest way to clean them is to take a spoon and make a slit from the top to the bottom of one side of the eggplant. Then I simply scoop out the flesh with the spoon.

  33. Linda says

    Really like the flavor of this but is there a better way to get the skins off the eggplant after roasting? Scraped for longer than I would like to separate them. Could I peel it when it’s raw?

  34. Andrea Stanek says

    Simple and easy! My boyfriend loves it! I was wondering if there are different add ins similar to humus…aka roasted red pepper etc. Thank you!

  35. MichelleL says

    Just wow. I had no idea a recipe so simple could taste so good, my son who detests vegetables finishes off the whole bowl. Thanks for sharing and keep the good recipes coming!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Michelle. We are so glad you both enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  36. SunRA says

    I smoked the eggplant on the grill with rosemary and mulberry wood. I also seasoned it with cumin, berbere and zest of one lemon. Delicious!

  37. Scarlet at Family Focus Blog says

    I love eggplant but I always make the same two things- grilled eggplant or eggplant parm. Thanks for the new idea! I can’t wait to try eggplant recipe and on some flatbread.

  38. Steve says

    I baked 5 big eggplants whole at 350 F and used proportionally more garlic, salt and lemon. Its zingier, and, I pressure cookered 3 jars with my Majic Pot. Has anyone else tried canning baba ganoush? I find it gets watery if frozen. Tasty 5 stars!

    • Cristina says

      You can freeze roasted, cleaned and drained eggplants in ziplock bags. When ready to use simply thaw out the night before and you skip the roasting and peeling step.

  39. Pax H says

    Delicious and simple babaganoush! I added a little olive oil and extra garlic which helped boost the flavor and texture

  40. Kels says

    Just made this with some eggplant from the farmer’s market. Yay. I adjusted all the ingredients to our taste and added a few drops of liquid smoke. Tastes as good as my favorite restaurant-made dip! We cooked the eggplant whole on the grill since the grill was fired up. Maybe as a result the eggplant was super soft and I just scooped it out with a spoon. I didn’t use a blender or food processor. Just mashed everything up in a bowl. Delish. And easy clean-up. Thanks for another great recipe!

  41. Danielle says

    This was delicious!!!! The only bad part was peeling the skin off hot eggplant. But it was worth it, I’ll only make a double recipe from now on as we ate all of it in one sitting. Thanks

  42. Colleen says

    This was wonderful! Definitely beats store bought. I did end up needing to broil the eggplant for a little longer than the 5-10 minutes, probably closer to 15. Added a handful of fresh basil which was delicious. Will be making again!

  43. Erika says

    I’ll admit that I found peeling the skin off of each ring tedious, but when I roasted the whole eggplant and tried to peel the skin off in one go, it didn’t taste the same (was way too sweet).

    Don’t try to take shortcuts with this recipe! I like my baba ganoush a bit sour, so I add extra lemon juice, but other than that, it’s perfect! We demolished 4 eggplants in one sitting.

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe :)

    • Lisa Dempsey says

      If you put the slices on a chopping board and use a paring knife it is pretty easy to peel I found.

      This is delicious. I have only just discovered baba ganoush and love it!

      This recipe is sooo easy, thanks so much.

  44. Joann V Khoe says

    With the wide range in eggplant sizes, can you give me an idea of the weight of eggplant used in the recipe OR what size a serving is by measuring cup or weight?
    Thank you!

  45. Jada says

    Perfect! Especially at this time of year with all the fresh eggplant at the farmer’s markets. Without knowing it at the time, I made the same modifications as Lindsey and it turned out delicious. Thank you!

  46. Lindsey says

    Delicious!
    I skipped the water-leeching step and went right to broiling, kept the skins on for their nutrients, and used 2 tablespoons lemon juice because I didn’t have a fresh lemon. Totally awesome!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Lindsey. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

    • Max says

      Was totally thinking of skipping those steps too. Glad to know it still turns out ok!

      Most eggplant recipes have so many steps like this and it’s been such a deterrent!

  47. Virginia says

    This is wonderful and EASY. I used Japanese eggplant, so used 2 large or 3 medium.
    Then I got inspired to make it more of a “meal” and added garbanzos (1-15 oz can, rinsed and drained) for protein. Voila! Eggplant humus – amazing! Adjust lemon, garlic, and tahini to taste, maybe a little more salt, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sumac and it’s ready for dipping. Another suggestion a Tbsp or two of your cashew-based Caesar dressing (from “Chickpea Caesar Salad”) adds interesting depth of flavor to this recipe!

  48. Ana says

    It’s perfect. As good as the one I ate in Syria years ago. We had some eggplant that we needed to use and I decided to make some baba ganoush for my husband and me to take it to work for lunch tomorrow. We just wanted to taste it, and couldn’t stop until we ate all…

  49. Ian Henderson says

    Could you please explain what an eggplant is and why you are boiling it to make Baba Ganoush? In the Uk we grill aubergine. Do eggplants
    require a different treatment to tenderise them?

  50. Shelaki says

    I used to peel my eggplant with a paring knife (and waste a lot of it in the process, to say nothing of the cussing) until I discovered that it’s really easy if you use a vegetable peeler. The trick is to cut a circle into the peel around the top so the peeler has a starting point for each long, lazy thin strip.
    So… can I peel the eggplant first or is the peel an important part of the flavour?

  51. Sophia says

    I just made this and it is delicious! My family really likes. My one problem is that it hardly makes any dip! Definitely going to double the recipe next time but otherwise it’s really good:)

  52. Bee says

    I had to make this dip as soon as I saw it on your blog! It’s FABULOUS! I will be making it all summer long!

  53. Arleen says

    I don’t know if I made a mistake somewhere but all I taste is tahini and garlic. I miss the taste of the eggplant. Maybe my eggplant was too small??

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Arleen, that could definitely be the case! We would recommend trying with a larger eggplant next time or starting with less tahini and garlic and increasing, as needed. Hope that helps!

  54. Roberta Speyer says

    I do mine on tin foil cut in half with olive oil and garlic rubbed on. I also add a bit of liquid smoke which really makes it tast leke the real deal.

  55. KM says

    This recipe was quick, easy and delicious. I learned that I should start by adding half of my lemon juice, then more to taste (like recommended for the tahini and salt). Thanks Minimalist Baker!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  56. Cyndi Manriquez says

    The final product is deeeelicious!! thank you for making this dip available to me. I was also mystified by how to make it without a grill. Now I know! Thank you.
    Questions:
    The eggplant took a while to peel after I broiled it. Then the skin came off not so easy, I ended up using a knife. Any tips?

    also my tahini didn’t blend well – I’m using a Ninja. Maybe a stronger blender. There were some chunks in there. Maybe tahini needs to be warmed to room temperature? I had it in the fridge.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cyndi, Yes- it sounds like maybe your blender isn’t powerful enough for the tahini. Using room temp tahini should work better though. As for getting the skin off, it should come off pretty easily! Is it possible that it needed to be baked a little longer?

  57. Vanda says

    There is just one mistake : it does not lasts up to one week, but maybe up to one ten minutes before i eat it myself :)

  58. Torrye says

    WOW!! This was delicious!! I made it twice now. The 1st time I followed the recipe exactly using parsley. Tasted ok, but better after it sits overnight in frig. The 2nd time, I definitely appreciated the comments a) Cut eggplant from stem to bottom, b) Definitely bake/roast in oven, because broiling it took forever, c) Cilantro instead of parsley made my taste buds pop, d) I used an electric chopper instead of food processor and it turned out great! No need for me to visit Mediterranean Cafes when I can make this at home. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    • Melanie Hanick says

      Good to know, Torrye! I love new recipes & I was searching for a recipe for Baba ganache online & this site popped up on Google. I’m so glad cuz this recipe has been getting “rave reviews”!! I am glad to see your suggestions and the suggestions of other readers & will keep them all in mind when I make my “feast” this weekend.
      Wish me luck!! ?????? I can’t wait to dig in!!

  59. Mariya says

    This is delicious! Made it two times already. Very easy recipe for a tasty dip like this! Will make it again for sure!

  60. Mary says

    I used two baby eggplants and, after tasting the skin as I was peeling it, decided to just leave it on. I know, not the classic way of doing things, but it was still absolutely delicious. I added about a tablespoon each of parsley and cilantro, and a little extra tahini. Next time I will take it easier on the salt during roasting, but that was my own mistake. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe.

  61. Wayne Elgin says

    This is an easy and delicious recipe. A favorite dish for my brother who is very picky when trying new things. I used black beauty eggplants from my garden. My first time growing eggplants in my garden and was searching for dishes to make with the abundance of eggplants from my summer plant. This will be a standard dish for snack with added protein for balance. Thank you!!!!

  62. jeff says

    When I hiked the PCT in 2015, some folks had no notion of their own individuality. Most had hiked a few miles here and there but had never done a long walk. They all wanted their hike to be a “success” and measured their journey by that of others that had gone before or professed authority. We in the community had a guideline: “Hike your own hike.”

    Some hikers like me took a few hundred miles to figure out what that meant. A checklist of hiking gear was only a place to start.

    So it is with a recipe. This is a great place to start to make that first baba ghanoush from which, if it’s not a “success”, we’ll all learn to baba our own ghanoush, whether it means more garlic, salt, lemon juice, a dash of vinegar, Liquid Smoke, etc.

    Cheers!
    Jeff

  63. @ginafelice says

    I’ve made this at least 5 times this summer and I love it more each time. Here are my little tweaks including how I sneak in zucchini!:

    I bake the slices at 400 for 30 min flipping halfway through. I then store in an airtight glass container overnight and use the next day. They are very moist that way.
    I add a few tbs of olive oil in the food processor with all the other ingredients.
    I also add in cumin and a little smoked paprika. I also added the zest of half the lemon on tonight’s batch… so good.
    I add in about a cup of cubed fresh zucchini for extra veggies you can’t taste!
    Pulse till blended then add water until desired consistency is reached. It’s literally the best baba I’ve ever had. and I personally think it tastes better the next day after all the flavors meld overnight! ?

  64. Deb says

    This was okay but it tasted nothing like baba ganoush. Compared to real BG it was dry and flavorless. I guess I learned the hard way that the smoky flavor and moist, tender texture from grilling whole eggplants just can’t be replicated with a quick hack. This tasted more like a mediocre eggplant hummus I would not make it again as it did not meet my expectations.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We are sorry to hear that this dish didn’t hit the mark for you, Deb! Better luck with the next one!

  65. Bambi says

    Perfect recipe and perfectly delicious! I used the lemon zest in the recipe and I think I will roast a whole garlic clove on the tray with the eggplant next time to add another flavor dimension.

  66. Carol says

    I had grilled some eggplant slices two days ago…so I whipped this up in 5 minutes! You guys! I’m Vegan, no added oil, and this is my kind of recipe! THANKYOU SO MUCH…I used my home-made Red Lentil Tortillas for dipping…out.of.this.WORLD!

  67. James says

    My mistake for not gradually adding the amounts of the ingredients until I was satisfied with the taste, but one whole lemon was ENTIRELY too lemony – I’m thinking half of a lemon might still be too much! This was my first attempt at Baba Ganoush, and I will make it again; but this seems like a ridiculous amount of lemon. All of the hummus recipes I follow call for a lot less lemon, and I should’ve trusted my resistance to add a whole lemon for Baba Ganoush.

    Also I was confused (as a novice eggplant handler) why the recipe would have you add salt AGAIN after salting it the first time. I get that first time is to leach the water out but what doesn’t make sense to me is the water leaches out – only to add water back to it to rinse it! Then add salt back to it with the olive oil and then again after roasting! I left the two additional saltings out of the recipe, and the salt level was just fine. I also am glad I used TWO eggplants because had I used one it would’ve been inedible with a whole lemon.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi James, was your eggplant on the smaller size or lemon on the larger size? We find that 1 medium lemon and 1 medium eggplant work well, but perhaps weight/tablespoon measurements would be helpful? We like to rinse and dry the eggplant after salting and then add additional salt so that we can more accurately guide people in terms of the amount to use. But your way works too!

      • Kanchan says

        Gosh this recipe was just so easy to follow! My first time making Baba Ganoush, and it was spot on perfect!
        With easy instructions and a short video it just made it a lot more fun to attempt.

  68. Stef says

    I misread one recipe (not yours) and added cilantro by mistake! Still used your recipe as the basis though and the dip was still surprisingly good with cilantro. Can this dish do no wrong?

  69. ASHA RAWAT says

    Hi.
    Ive been making Baba Ganoush for quite a few years now. The best way I feel is to roast the large size full aubergines on the gas wich gives the aubergines a smoky flavour . After roasting peel off the skin n mash aubergines with a masher and add tahini lemon juice and the garlic after blending together add chopped parsley and enjoy with pita chips or crispy vegetables

  70. Jean Corbett says

    I’m not sure what kind of eggplant you use, but this broiling method was a complete fail for Asian eggplant. I always cook it on a cast iron pan in slices, but decided to try something different. It didn’t cook through at all, even after two flips, and was burning the outside. I eventually gave up and cooked it the usual way. Maybe specify the type of eggplant you used in the recipe to save others the trouble I experienced.
    Sidenote: I always add cumin and coriander to the eggplant before cooking and it adds an excellent flavor for baba ganoush.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, not sure as we’ve never tried this with Asian eggplant. Perhaps try an Italian eggplant next time!

  71. alexandra says

    I forgot to mention that I used no oil when broiling the eggplant, and the baba did not suffer. In fact it was devoured by our guests.

  72. alexandra says

    I loved what the broiling did to the eggplant; so sweet and addictive. I ate all the skins. The parsley got pureed along with everything else;
    The broiled eggplant would be nice served as a side too. Your recipe is still delivering.

  73. Kinara Fender says

    I made this with the following modifications: I used 1 large eggplant, two medium garlic cloves, and half of a smallish lemon. It was absolutely perfect. My hubby said it’s the best baba ganoush he’s ever had.

  74. Shane says

    This was very easy, and turned out great.
    I think for the recipe size the lemon I used was a little too big. Next time I’ll use half or make a bigger batch. A little extra garlic leveled it right out.
    Good job

  75. June Sanson says

    As promised, this was very easy and delicious! The only thing I added was a final sprinkle of cumin and smoked paprika on top of the oil drizzle. Next time I will try peeling the eggplant first, and maybe use the immersion blender instead of the Cuisenart. Thanks.

  76. Robin says

    Easy, tasty, healthy. I peeled the eggplant first, broiled for 10 minutes, and skipped the tinfoil resting stage. Also added a bit of olive oil and parsley for the herbs. Will use this method from now on.

  77. Lydia says

    I love this recipe so much. I make double and triple batches because it’s amazing and I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’ve probably made this 10 times in the last 6months and it is foolproof. Thanks for demystifying baba ganoush for electric stove having apartment dwellers!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm it may have been the oven? Sometimes different ovens run a little hotter than others. Sorry to hear it burnt!

  78. Josh says

    What you have built here is great. My wife loves the hummus and I did a microwave version of the baba ganoush, as that is actually a very legit way to cook egg plant. I had to use liquid smoke to compensate, but still great. Thank you for the recipes, going through them little by little to treat my love with stuff she likes.

  79. Daniel says

    I just made this…. sort of. I had no tahini, but I did have about a ¼ cup of sesame seeds, immersion blended them with a Tablespoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of melted coconut oil, added the garlic and Himalayan salt, lemon juice while the leftover eggplant, cut in two with skin on, was in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until really soft. Scooped out the guts of the eggplant with a spoon while holding its skin down with a fork, and added to the container, immersion blend a bit more, and Bobs your uncle, Baba Ganoush.

    Even faster and easier. I used your nice blog to verify my crazy idea. Thanks.

  80. Michelle PA. says

    I have eaten eggplant my entire life, of course being of italian/ greek heritage.
    My sicilian grandmother would bread and fry it.Although delish,it was quite greasy and heavy made this way. Of course Greeks made it in numerous ways,which is less unhealthy.This being said, I like the simplicity of this recipe Dana..and how much healthier for me this is. Im always looking for ways to replace my “snacky” foods which replace unhealthy snacks with healthy ones.
    This fit the bill. I do make hummus and now i will add your recipe to my repertoire.
    Thank you for posting ,and i made it and enjoyed it immensely.
    PS I used garlic i have previously roasted,just so I dont have garlic breath! Lol
    Michelle from PA.

  81. Amy says

    I’m not a fan of raw garlic, so I baked a whole bulb whil the eggplant was baking. Then I squeezed out the roasted garlic. Perfect!
    Thank you for this delicious, simple recipe!!!

  82. Alice says

    Hi ! Just wondering, would it be okay to roast the eggplant without the oil? Particularly, what’s the role of oil in roasting? Thanks :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Another reader mentioned doing so with success! We like to use it to help brown the eggplant a little and provide a little caramelization.

  83. Doe couillard says

    Just made this and it is wonderful. One step can be eliminated, cooking with the skin on. I made the first batch sliced with the skin on…a bit of a pain removing the skin. Second batch I simply peeled the egg plant and then sliced it, put it under the broiler…voila! No skin to take away! Just meaty slices of cooked eggplant ready to mash. Also, I simply used my Emersion blender…no fuss, no muss!

  84. tim shaffer says

    followed directions exactly. This was so easy and very good. (and whole 30 compliant!!)
    going to try the tip of roasting whole next time though.

  85. Sue says

    I made a double batch to take to a potluck tomorrow. It might not make it that far! My results were more than perfect. Thanks for a recipe that will be my go to. No need to look further.

  86. Evely says

    Yum! I made this according to the recipe, adding a good bit of parsley (more than the recommended amount). Really good and very easy! The only question I have is why not peel the eggplant first? Seems easier than peeling it after the broiling.

  87. Fourester says

    I tried this recipe using the abundant eggplant from this year’s garden. I had hopes for a quicker method to make this dip, but alas, the quality really suffered. I used my gas oven broiler. By the time the eggplant was cooked, it had dried out and blackened in several places. This made for a dark, chunky, rather unappetizing looking dip. In addition, it was quite bitter. I served it to some people who are not particularly food adventurous, with predictable negative results. I will go back to my old tried and true recipe which really doesn’t take any more effort, just more time.

  88. Sarah says

    My husband and I aren’t crazy about the flavor of tahini, do you think Almond butter would be a possible substitute?

  89. Marnie says

    Just made this and it came out just as I had hoped.. actually even better. Thank you for this simple delicious recipe.

  90. Arden says

    I love how simple the recipe is. However, it would have much easier if you peel the skin off the eggplant first. It becomes quite labor intensive to peel the skin off each ‘ring’
    Good recipe nonetheless.

  91. Nayna says

    Girl, you just slayed baba ganoush! Bam???? to be honest, I didn’t know what the “broil” function in my oven was ?? but now I do and I love that option. THANKS for the delish QUICK recipe! Cheers

  92. Aunt Shirl says

    I made this, and my husband noticed I was puttering around in the kitchen a little more than usual for a quick lunch-time meal. The directions were followed as given, and flavors adjusted at the end as suggested. (Some people like salty, some like tart, some like the sesame flavor, so whatever your preference is, you can adjust it to suit.)

    The problem arose when he asked “So, what did you make, and how was it?” I had to fabricate a story that it was a complete failure, and I would try again later. This was to cover up the fact that I consumed every bit of of the unctuous baba ganoush, with the naked eggplant peel as the only evidence that something happened today…

  93. Leslie says

    I add a bit of Sadaf’s 7-spice.
    The DirecTV guy was at my house then my friend Rafi called…”Hello, Rafi……”. I hang up later and the repair guy says ” my name is Rafi, too!” Said he saw I was roasting an eggplant on gas burner. Asked me what I was making and I said Baba Ganoush.
    How do you make it?…. I make all my own food at home w mother! Said I must use Sadaf’s 7-spice! I think it’s the sumac that lends its flavor although not listed!

  94. Claudia says

    I have first tried baba ganoush in a Lebanon restaurant and it was beyond delicious, drizzled with olive oil and garnished with pomegranate seeds. I’m kinda disappointed with how my dish turned out, it is quite bitter and I can’t seem to fix it with salt or tahini. Not really sure if I added too much lemon or I bought a bad quality eggplant … Nevertheless, thumbs up to your blog Dana!

  95. Gabriele Raine says

    Hi there! I’d like to give this recipe a try but I don’t have a food processor. Any you could recommend? What food processor do you use?
    Thank you!

  96. Sue Leedom says

    This recipe failed to produce an acceptable dish. Recipe is missing olive oil and was stiff and not smooth. Lemon juice is too much, making it too tart and tangy. Also, too many eggplant steps. Not simple or quick.

    • Hillary says

      Add more tahini to balance the lemon, and EVOO if you’d like to thin it out – just taste and adjust before you’re done, as is always suggested with these recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear this didn’t work out for you! It definitely sounds like something went wrong. We wonder if maybe your food processor wasn’t powerful enough to make it smooth? And yes, as Hillary mentioned, playing around with the tahini and adding olive oil are great options!

  97. Lolo C says

    Delicious! I made the recipe exactly as written and it turned out ridiculously good. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  98. Reema says

    This looks great! I have always wanted to make this dip at home. Unfortunately my husband is allergic to sesame. Do you have any recommendations for substituting tahini? Thanks!

  99. Viktoriia says

    I was afraid that my eggplants will be bitter, so instead of roasting it on the gas stove top to get the smoky flavor, as many recipes suggest, I decided to follow this broiling recipe instead. The result, it took me way to much time. It definitely takes longer than 15 min to prep. Just to salt eggplants and let them sit takes 30 min to prevent bitterness. There is no way of knowing before they are cooked so I’m not taking any chances. Than the broiling part. I made slices about 1/2 inch and figured that it will take 20 min to broil. It’s took me about 40 min and my oven keep broiling eggplants close to the flame but the side slices were still not fully cooked. It was my fist time using broiler, but I feel like I’m better off baking them next time sliced in half. Will be definitely less work, especially pealing that skin, from each individual slice, thank God I make them thicker than the recipe suggested. So I can’t find this recipe easy at all, I was exhausted when I was finally done. I’m glad if it worked better for other people. As for the taste. I changed proportions to 3 medium eggplants, 3 roasted garlics, 1/2 cup tahini, 2 lemons, some salt and a bit black papper. It was so delicious! Was my first time making BABA GANOUSH. :) Was very glad I made a lot of it, about 1L total. I like to cook ones a week and don’t bother the rest of the week. Also having more lemon would be too much for my taste.

  100. Emily says

    Thanks for this easy simple recipe! I just started the whole30 challenge and have been looking for something healthy to make my large consumption of veggies more appealing. So wonderful and creamy!!

  101. Ruth says

    This is so easy and absolutely delicious, and eggplant is not my favourite vegetable! Thanks for a recipe I will be using regularly.

  102. Jon says

    Having eaten my fair share of authentic baba I had my doubt about this but I made it as written and it came out excellent! I’m making another batch tonight.

  103. shawn says

    I changed it up a bit and it came out tasty. I didn’t bother with the salt/water extraction process. I peeled the eggplant first, cut it into rounds and then toasted it as required.

  104. Jim says

    OK, I make an even simpler gaba G. I use a knife to puncture the skin of the eggplant and put it into the microwave. I also do not use a food processor, I just beat up the result with a spoon … I actually prefer the lumpy consistency. I like garlic so I am also a bit heavier on that. Truth be told I start adding the other ingredients gradually and keep tasting. I typically put a small amount in a separate small bowl and add a bit more of what I think it needs and taste; if it is better the whole lot gets the change.
    Jim

  105. Michael Levin says

    It turned out amazing, but one question. The salting process takes some time. What would happen if you just cut the eggplant up and broiled it without salting?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It would be fine, but just a little more liquidy, and the dip may have more bitterness – that’s what the salt helps draw out.

  106. lynda says

    first time I’ve ever made this, hubby loved it from restaurant, but I over broiled a bit, wasen’t sure what size was medium for eggplant, mine was from my garden. and WAY too much tahini. maybe add one tbsp, and add more if needed. was the consistancy of thick peanut butter.

  107. Dave says

    Also that’s too much tahini. For 2 pounds of eggplant I would use about 1.5 TBS. Matter of taste but the flavor of the eggplant needs to shine through.

  108. Dave says

    Interesting idea. Might give it a try for comparison. I fire roast mine on my gas stove on medium high then finish in the oven at 450. Gives it a deep smoky flavor.

    I do not recommend food processor or blender. Save that for when you make humus. For baba you use two spoons to work the flesh and do not overwork. Should be chunky to be the real deal.

  109. Claire says

    Waouhhhhh! This was just amazingly delicious. I made it with 3 eggplants, and I had half of the pot just alone…. Do not tell anyone! Thanks a lot,

  110. Lottie says

    Thank you so much for this great recipe that only uses 1 eggplant! It is just the right size recipe for me! I have noticed that many people do not keep the skin in the dip. It looks a lot more inviting without the skin. But I have left the skin on, or a lot of it when I’ve been too lazy to remove it and the finished dip still tastes good, it just looks ugly. lol.

  111. chloelouise says

    love your philosophy and here’s the thing………….

    love cooking but I do not always have the time and all the ingredients…..just make it with what you have. It is almost always real good and once you get a knack for it start rounding up the extra items to make it a traditional way.

    You still get to eat the thing, it’s delicious, one can make it again and you already got to try it and had fun cooking it.

    Perfection does not work for me and I rather have it than not have it–even if its not perfect. think about it–how bad is egg plant and onion and garlic and olive oil going to be?

    I tried this idea with Chana Masala and hummus–they were still delicious but I know there is room for improvement.

    I know some baking has to be exact but the ones here lend themselves well to your idea–love it. It’s me.

  112. Brianna says

    Made this last night and woah! so good. My fiance and I had tried baba ganoush at a local eatery and I knew I had to attempt to recreate it at home! Minimalist Baker is my go to for recipes so you can imagine my excitement when I found this one! I may or may not have doubled the garlic…STILL SO GOOD BUT ME OH MY OH DO NOT EAT BEFORE YOU GO ON A FIRST DATE. Or do! Whatever you’re into hahaha. I’ll go easier on the garlic next time, on the plus side – no vampires to be seen. Awesome easy recipe.

  113. Kate says

    I have made this three times now, usually in large batches because my 1-year-old loves it. However, it take close to two hours every single time.

  114. Becky says

    I’ve tried this twice. The first time I made a single recipe – forgot to rinse the eggplant after salting it and letting it rest, and already had the olive oil on it, so I decided to pray and proceed. The result tasted great, but I had a heck of a time removing the peel and it took forever. Since it was such a small amount, I tried to make it in my single-serving (Ninja IQ) smoothie blender, but it seemed too thick. It kept getting stuck in the cup and I had to keep stopping it to stir it with a spatula.
    The second time I made it, I decided to make a double recipe so that I could have some leftovers. I also made it the night before an afternoon get-together. Contrary to the comments, I thought it tasted wonderful when I served it the next day, and now it is three days later and still Delicious. This time I sliced the eggplant in half lengthwise and cooked it on the gas barbecue. It only took a little bit longer than broiling the thin slices. I let it rest a long time in the foil and a lot of juices came out. This time it separated very easily from the skin, so overall time was considerably less. I didn’t add all of the juices to the food processor. I thought the taste of the second batch was better, probably because I used larger eggplants which better balanced the lemon, and perhaps it was the BBQ method. The food processor didn’t chop up the seeds as well as my blender, but I didn’t think that detracted from it one bit!

  115. April says

    Thanks for encouraging the confidence to make this! I had fun and it turned out super yummy. Yessss!!! Score.

  116. Melinda says

    Sigh! Mine was yucky. What did I do wrong? I even snipped off a little of each slice to check for bitterness and then it tasted bitter at the end.

    • Melinda says

      I’m a newbie to this way of cooking so I’m sure it is operator error, but it looked simple. What do you recommend as the starter section for the total newbie? It’s pretty disheartening to try and eat better and then do it so poorly.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Is it possible that you skipped the step of salting the eggplant and then letting it rest? That is the step that removes the bitterness.

  117. Mark says

    Dana, the eggplant skin didn’t separate well – may be the eggplant slices were a little too thick, or the eggplant age or variety doesn’t separate as well. I spent alot of time cutting peels, even with increased cook time, although they were edible. Still tastes great, and it won’t last long. But I may go back to roasting the whole eggplant as I’ve had better luck with the peels that way.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mark, did you do the step of wrapping it in foil? The steaming is what helps the skin come off easily.

  118. Melanie says

    I made this the other night for friends, and it was a big hit! I even forgot to peel the skin off the eggplant, and it turned out just fine. I really don’t think you can ruin this recipe. It took all of 15 minutes, which was great because I was also making lasagna.

  119. Lionel says

    I will try roasting the egg plant whole over a gas flame, rotating for about 2 minutes till the skin is nice & burnt. Halve the egg plant & place in a 200 degree centigrade, fan forced oven for 20 minutes. Remove, cool & with a spoon take out the flesh. Add the ingredients as suggested earlier & blend.Place in a serving dish adding a bit of chillie pepper on top & dress with olive oil to cover. I have tried this in the Middle East & Saudi Arabia, & it works good.

  120. Kim says

    Made a batch and a half in one go. It was my first attempt, I’m a big BG fan but rarely get it as I don’t have a restaurant-level entertainment budget. Really pleased with this, I will be making this again.

  121. Jacob says

    Awesome recipe!! Easy to follow and came out DELICIOUS! I thought baba ganooj had yogurt, but this recipe proves no need!

    I had an issue.. After I cooked the eggplant, when I pulled the skin off it took a bunch of flesh with it.. Realizing peeling would take 45 minutes, I decided to forgo it entirely – and with little to no compromise in texture or appearance!

      • Justin Goldberg says

        The ones I made with the seeds in came out not so good, but the one I made without came out great. Thanks for the recipe! I think all recipes should be short and simple!!!!!!

        I did however find a way of eating the (super healthy) seeds.

  122. Lindsay says

    This was my first try at babaganoush, and it was so good! Thanks for sharing this recipe :) You’ve helped me to overcome my trepidation regarding eggplant :)

  123. Karina says

    Made this for myself last weekend as I was missing the taste of home and don’t have a gas stove. I ate half of it before I added the tahin, with just fresh parsley tomatoes and some salt. Was amazing ! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe and your beautiful website.

  124. Kim@Day7Kitchen says

    Hi!
    I love your time and effort saving techniques, thanks for sharing your tricks. As a busy medical student but also serious foodie, I appreciate your blog a lot!
    Have you ever tried drizzling plain yogurt in baba ganoush? I had a very similar eggplant dip at a Afghan restaurant the other day and they had yogurt drizzled on top and it was amazing!!

    Kim

  125. linda says

    does leaving in the seeds or removing the seeds affect the taste? or am i to understand that the bitterness comes from the eggplant itself? (the “american” variety, hence, the reason to salt first)

  126. Lina says

    Hello, thank you so much for this lovely recipe. I made it for my birthday party last night, everyone loved it and nothing was left of it by the end of the evening! I have modified your recipe a bit by adding more lemon juice, half a red and green capsicum chopped, then toped up with olive oil and pomegranate seeds just before serving. I am of arabic origin and that’s how we present it back home so thought you might find it interesting :) Again thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe :)

  127. Laurie says

    Its is difficult to imagine that the author has actually made this recipe. Here is what didn’t work… 1) Making 2 tbsp of tahini in a food processor isn’t possible. There isn’t enough ingredients to reach the blades. 2) Roasting the eggplant without peeling it requires that you spend 20 minutes trying to peel roasted eggplant. Not a time saving idea!! 3) Roasting the eggplant slices until golden brown doesn’t take 5-10 minutes under the broiler… it takes 20 minutes. 4) This recipe makes about 3/4 of a cup of baba ganoush… again too little to make in a food processor. Finally, after investing 1 hr and 15 minutes (not the 25 minutes indicated) 5) the final product tasted like lemon juice and tahini.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Hard to believe you made this recipe based on your comments. My broiled eggplant took four minutes, peeling the roasted eggplant was super easy. Mine made a large amount and is delicious… added a little extra tahini, lemon juice, and plenty of basil.

    • Hillary says

      Huh? Laurie, you were to use 2Tbs of tahini in the recipe, not attempt to create 2Tbs tahini in your food processor. You don’t need to peel roasted eggplant, just scoop the cooked insides out – done in a flash. You might want to roast your eggplant whole next time, or use more oil on your slices if yours dried out.

    • Hillary says

      Laurie, huh? Recipe calls for 2 T tahini…it doesn’t say use your food processor to make 2 T tahini. Cooked eggplant can be scooped out of its skin in no time. If yours is drying out, try roasting it whole instead of sliced. I’ve made tons of Dana’s recipes and have not had a single fail.

  128. Doris says

    It was simple and delicious the only change I made was adding extra garlic because you can’t ever have too much garlic.

  129. happy gf says

    Thanks! Will be using this recipe for sure. Just a word of caution though, you say the recipe is gluten free but recommend pita chips and bread, which are NOT gluten free. Someone new to gluten free might be confused. This could be harmful to someone on a medically necessary gluten free diet (like myself).

    • Vicky says

      You could absolutely eat gluten free bread or pita :) I would imagine someone who is celiac would know not to eat glutinous bread, but do eat gluten free bread.

  130. Kayla says

    I had never tried this eggplant dip before and as far as vegan dips go…I prefer hummus but I had a crazy idea to mix some of this dip into some vegan potato and spinach curry and it was AMAZING. :) I think it makes a good dip and an especially great garnish!

  131. amy says

    Making this again tomorrow for a vegetarian potluck. I do not take any of the skin off the eggplant. This is such a wonderful recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  132. Amber says

    This was really good, though I felt there was too much lemon, it almost overpowered everything else. But I’ve been wanting some baba ganoush and have a bunch of eggplants coming on in my garden, so this was great!

  133. IceArdor says

    The classic eggplant (most common variety in North American grocery stores) retains a lot of water and bitterness, hence the need to salt it. I’ve found that Indian eggplants (also purple, but round, between the size of a golf ball and a tennis ball) and Chinese eggplants (purple skin, shaped like a cucumber) are less bitter and therefore don’t need salted. While this may slightly change the authenticity and flavor of the baba ganoush, it’s a shortcut you can take if you don’t have time to sweat the eggplant beforehand.

  134. Steph says

    What kind of eggplant is typically used in baba ganoush? Would Oriental/Asian eggplant work? Also, do you have a more specific measurement than “1 medium or 3/4 of a large”? Eggplants vary greatly in size and I want to make sure I’m using the right proportion of eggplant to other ingredients! Thanks :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Steph, we haven’t tried other varieties than the standard eggplant found in grocery stores, but they might work! 1 medium eggplant is approximately 566 g. Hope that helps!

  135. Ari says

    This was my first time making baba ganoush and it was so easy and delicious. We finished it off in one sitting! I love that there’s no additional oil!

  136. Sophia says

    Wow it’s just delicious, I made it today for the first time! A little bit to lemony, the next time I will make it with half lemon. And I absolutely love your site ;)

  137. admattai says

    Just made this and served it with cucumbers + kale chips – it was a hit! I loved how simple this recipe was. Also, it got me to use my broiler for the first time :)

  138. Jaimee says

    Lately every recipe I see and want to make requires a food processor.
    Would this work in a blender? Has anyone tried?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It would, though it may be a bit chunkier, depending on your blender. Hope that helps!

    • skip says

      When I learned to make this from an Iraqi she added three ice cubes in with the eggplant to help smooth during blending. I bet that would do the trick in ablender, just like with fruit smoothies.

  139. Stacie says

    Okay, seriously… This recipe rocks!!! We’re supposed to be doing only smoothies and juicing right now, but I had this lonely eggplant in the fridge. I couldn’t let it go to waste, right? I can justify anything in the face of being wasteful! Bwahahaha! Total winner! I can’t wait to have another stray and lonely eggplant sitting in my fridge! Thanks!

    • Aviva says

      Yes gotta love local farm box for getting me that lonely eggplant …this was delish & I left the skin on & didn’t even use tshini! Def be trying this again

    • Angela Anderson says

      Stacy we are in the same boat. We are attempting to juice and I had this one eggplant so I am making this recipe as we speak and it smells good right now. Can’t wait to taste. Yum!!! Ieven made this in a bullet and it still gets thumbs up.

  140. NJtoTx says

    Nice. I use a whole lot more garlic and roast it with the eggplant for 20 minutes. Also add cumin, chili powder, and hot sauce.

    • Shannon says

      Update: I made this yesterday. It’s soooo good! Thanks for all of the steps, I think they made a positive difference in the tastiness factor. I’ve never made baba ganoush before but I’m pretty proficient at hummus recipes. I’m officially a baba ganoush convert now, especially since I can make my own without any parsley (probably the only herb I don’t like). Thanks again!

  141. World Cup of Food says

    We’ve only ever made baba ganoush in the oven under the broiler. It’s the only eggplant dish that Chris really loves.

  142. Tammela says

    I totally judge recipes by how much work/time they’ll take. This sounds amazing — love the simple solution to broil the eggplant. Definitely making this.

  143. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says

    Yum! I’ve never made it because I totally roll my eyes at all the steps. You’ve sold me! I’ve gotta try this one!

  144. Robin says

    Just made this! Yum! I always prepare eggplant like this because it keeps the eggplant deliciously soft but thinner slices get a little crunchy, which I love. I used 2/3 of a huge eggplant but next time I’ll use the whole thing because the tahini was a little strong. I added a bit of paprika and a ton of parsley and fresh ground pepper on top. Thanks!

  145. sarah@thesweetlife says

    Thanks for simplifying Baba Ganoush. I was just enjoying some yesterday and thinking “I wish this was easier to make”. Now it looks like I may have been wrong. Yummy!

  146. Quyen says

    I love baba ghanoush and after seeing this post, I just realized that I haven’t had it for a while! I’ll have to try it tonight! How about using it as a topping for baked fish?

  147. Janae @ Bring-Joy says

    I can’t remember the last time I bought an egglplant. I think it’s because no one in my family will eat it. But this seems like one of those “sneaky” recipes where I can get them to eat it because it doesn’t look like eggplant :).

    Do you know if leftovers can be frozen? I know hummus can…

  148. Jenny @ BAKE says

    When I made it I slow roasted whole aubergine and it took forever! I am going to have have to try slicing it to cook it looks so much easier! thanks for the tip!

  149. Tieghan says

    I have never had baba ganoush, but I love eggplant! so I am thinking I would love this! It looks like it would be the perfect healthy snack!

  150. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says

    I love that your recipes are so simple – it’s the best!! Plus you always post awesome recipes like this…totally trying it!

    • LP says

      It’s easier if you don’t slice and broil the eggplant(s). Simply pierce, rub them with olive oil, and roast at 350 for approx 40 minutes — until soft.

        • Vlad says

          3 things: cook the aubergines on open fire untill the skin is carbonized. In fact, the vegetable is auto-boiled while keeping the unique “burned” taste. Next, you need to get rid of the seeds which can spoil the taste by their bitterness. Finally, be demanding on the quality of the tahina.
          Get to the superior level :-)
          Vlad

          • Laura says

            That must be why mine turned out so bitter! I included the seeds… I also made my own tahini out of some preroasted sesame seeds I bought in China…. I don’t think they were fresh enough. Mine was so bitter it was inedible! Try, try again.

          • Cuchi says

            I like to cook my eggplants on the BBQ with the skin on as well. The taste is amazing compare to cooking them in the oven.
            Love, love eggplants anyway or shape.
            Cuchi

      • SS says

        I usually just cut mine in half, pierce the skin, rub the cut side with olive oil and roast on a baking sheet (on tinfoil for easier cleanup) with the cut sides down. Then after they’ve come out of the oven and cooled slightly, I scrape out the pulp and put into a colander to drain a while before making the baba ganoush.
        That’s an interesting comment about the seeds. I’ve never gotten rid of them and haven’t noticed mine being bitter.

          • AB says

            I made the recipe as listed. Yum Baba Ganoush. Next time I will roast the whole egg plant though – slicing and broiling was a little too hands on for me. But great recipe overall!

        • Nadejda Kuznetzova says

          This is how my mother made baba ganousch – only we called bakla-zhun. She also used minimal ingredients (eggplant, lemon juice, salt, olive oil). No grilling – just baking (minimal oil) or steaming in skin; removal of skin when “cooked” & mashing with lemon juice, salt (mild herbs & minimum oil). She did not discard seeds – adds to flavour & is probably good for health! Simple!

      • Aimee says

        I agree. I followed this recipe but remember doing it the other way a previous time and it was much easier as the 10 minutes on broil was not enough on high broil for me. They were not fully cooked so I had to do the second round on broil. Next time I’m baking on 350 again.