20 Delicious Plant-Based Eggplant Recipes

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Assortment of vegan eggplant recipes

We’re BIG fans of eggplant here at MB! It’s oh so versatile, soaks up flavors beautifully, and is the star of some of our very favorite recipes. To celebrate eggplant season, we’ve gathered some of our best plant-based recipes using this incredible fruit! From simple eggplant sides to dips and show-stopping mains, scroll through and find a new recipe to make and enjoy!

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Sides

Cubed roasted eggplant on a baking sheet
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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.
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Slices of Smoky Grilled Eggplant on a cutting board
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Smoky Grilled Eggplant
20-minute grilled eggplant seasoned with smoky spices, infused with coconut aminos for extra flavor, and grilled to perfection. The perfect flavorful side!
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Wood platter filled with Vegan Jerk Eggplant slices over white rice
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Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant (30 Minutes!)
Spicy Jamaican jerk spiced grilled eggplant! Ready in 30 minutes, incredibly flavorful, and the perfect plant-based side dish!
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Dips

Plate of sliced cucumbers, pita, and a bowl of Smoky Harissa Eggplant Dip
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Smoky Harissa Eggplant Dip
9-ingredient savory eggplant dip with smoked paprika and spicy harissa paste. A subtly spiced dip loaded with flavor and nutrients. The perfect side dish or appetizer.
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Spoon in a bowl of Creamy Eggplant & Caramelized Onion Dip
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Creamy Eggplant & Caramelized Onion Dip (Kashke Bademjan)
A healthier, simple version of the Persian eggplant dip known as Borani or Kashke Bademjan. Creamy, sweet, and so satisfying. Plus, it’s healthy, gluten-free, and vegan-optional.
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Dipping a radish slice in a bowl of Baba Ganoush
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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.
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Mains

Fork resting on a plate of vegan moussaka
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Easy Vegan Moussaka
Incredibly delicious vegan moussaka with layers of roasted eggplant, hearty tomato lentil sauce, and roasted garlic cashew bechamel! Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required.
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Pot of homemade ratatouille with fresh basil
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Easy Ratatouille (Versatile, 1 Pot!)
A simple take on the classic French staple that’s colorful, flavorful, and packed with summer vegetables! Delicious served with pasta or bread. Just 10 ingredients and 1 pot required!
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Platter of our flavorful Vegan Eggplant Mini Pizzas
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Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Pizzas
Crispy 10-ingredient eggplant pizzas that are gluten-free and vegan! Cornmeal and vegan parmesan crusted, baked till crispy, a delicious side or main!
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Stacked halves of a Vegan BLT Sandwich on a plate
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Vegan “BLT” Sandwich
6-Ingredient vegan “BLT” sandwich made with vegan mayo and eggplant bacon! Crisp, smoky, flavorful, and so delicious.
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Plate of Moroccan Eggplant Tomato Stew with fresh parsley served over white rice
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Moroccan-Spiced Eggplant and Tomato Stew
Moroccan-spiced tomato stew with roasted eggplant, smoky spices, and chickpeas! An incredibly comforting, satisfying 10-ingredient meal inspired by the flavors of zaalouk. 
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Platter of four Moroccan-Spiced Lentil Stuffed Eggplants
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Moroccan Lentil-Stuffed Eggplant
Stuffed baked eggplant with Moroccan-spiced lentils! Just 9 ingredients, big flavor, plenty of protein and fiber, and the perfect side dish or entrée.
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Plate of Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan alongside fettucine noodles and marinara
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Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
Crispy, vegan, gluten-free eggplant parmesan made with 10 simple ingredients! The perfect flavorful, plant-based entrée for Italian night!
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Plate of pasta topped with marinara and Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
Simple 10-ingredient vegan parmesan that yields perfectly crispy, savory eggplant that pairs perfectly with red sauce and the pasta of your choice! A healthy filling dinner even picky eaters will love.
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Plate with a slice of Lentil & Eggplant Lasagna topped with fresh basil
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Lentil & Eggplant Lasagna
Satisfying, healthy eggplant lasagna with lentil marinara. Made with just 10 ingredients, this is the perfect plant-based, gluten-free entrée!
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Using chopsticks to pick up a piece of Sesame Tofu
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Sesame Eggplant & Almond Butter Tofu Bowls
Hearty, flavorful, 30-minute Asian bowl with crispy almond butter tofu and sesame stir-fried eggplant!
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Using a fork to slice off a bite of an Eggplant Lasagna Roll-Up
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Eggplant Lasagna Roll Ups
EASY, 10-ingredient vegan lasagna roll ups made with a flavorful, protein-rich tofu filling rolled up into roasted eggplant slices! Healthy, rich in whole foods, and so satisfying.
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Spoon in a skillet of Dairy-Free Stuffed Shells topped with fresh basil
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Vegan Stuffed Shells with Roasted Eggplant
Simple stuffed shells with a dairy-free tofu-eggplant-pesto filling. 8 ingredients, vegan, and so delicious.
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Bowl of our delicious veggie-packed Red Coconut Curry with Chickpeas
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Coconut Red Curry with Chickpeas
A flavorful 1-pot red curry with coconut milk, bell pepper, eggplant, bamboo shoots, and chickpeas! Full of plant-based protein and fiber.
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Hand holding a bowl of vegan pasta primavera
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Vegan Pasta Primavera with Roasted Veggies
A simple, savory Vegan Pasta Primavera full of versatile veggies and protein-rich chickpeas! Gluten-free optional and just 10 ingredients required!
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If you try these eggplant recipes, let us know! Leave a comment, rate them, and don’t forget to tag a photo @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. The Vegan Goddess says

    Thank you for this inspirational compilation of recipes.

    I found a bunch of eggplant recipes that I haven’t tried yet from this site and am anxious to make.