Aubergine slices with thyme and honey vinaigrette

27 best aubergine recipes

Try one of our delicious aubergine recipes. Whether baked, grilled, barbecued or fried, they're great at soaking up flavour and providing a rich, meaty texture. Ideal for vegetarians and vegans!

Whether you call it aubergine or eggplant, this is one of the best vegetables in the world. When cooked properly, it has such a creamy, dreamy texture and can soak up almost any flavour you put it with. We love fried aubergine, baked aubergine, stuffed aubergine, roasted aubergine, marinated aubergine… you name it, we love it.

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And aubergine is such a versatile vegetable! You can use aubergine in everything from curry recipes to vegan recipes, in noodle dishes and salads, in dips and threaded on skewers. Or stack it up with circles of goats’ cheese for a classy starter (try our best vegetarian entertaining recipes here). See which one of our 29 best easy aubergine recipes is your favourite…


Sweet soy aubergine noodles

A really easy aubergine recipe to try! Ditch the take away menu and grab a pan, these low calorie vegetarian noodles are a quick and mid-week meal idea guaranteed to hit the spot.

Sweet soy aubergine noodles

Sicilian aubergine pizzas

These super-easy Sicilian aubergine pizzas are a great twist on a family favourite. They use crème fraîche instead of a tomato base, charred aubergines, sultanas and pesto, with rocket and pine nuts for a bit of extra crunch. Try our top pizza recipes here.

Sicilian aubergine pizzas


Teriyaki aubergine

Try our teriyaki aubergine recipe, it’s easy, serves 4 as a side and only 105 calories. This vegan recipe is sticky, sweet and perfect for brushing over grilled or roasted veggies.

Teriyaki aubergine

Malay-grilled aubergine with ketjap manis, lime and spring onion

This simple recipe for a warm grilled aubergine salad is so delicious. Perfect with grilled meats or as a vegetarian dish, the sweet soy-chilli sauce is quick to make as a dressing.

Malay-grilled aubergine with ketjap manis, lime and spring onion

Smoked aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

Sabrina Ghayour’s recipe for sweet and smokey aubergine salad would make the perfect addition to a generous sharing spread. Infused with the flavours of Persia, it’s a little bit of middle-Eastern magic for you and your friends to enjoy.

Smoked Aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

Aubergine slices with thyme and honey vinaigrette

Honey and aubergine work really well together, and this recipe for aubergine slices with thyme and honey vinaigrette is a great one to have on-hand. They take a little time, but are easy to prepare and make a great side dish or snack.

Aubergine slices with thyme and honey vinaigrette

Cauliflower rice with aubergine ragoût

A healthy aubergine recipe for you, our cauliflower rice with aubergine ragoût is really on-trend. By blitzing cauliflower in a food processor, and quickly cooking, you get the consistency and texture of rice but without the carbs and with fewer calories. It still fills you up, and it’s quicker to cook, too. We have some fab cauliflower ideas here.

Cauliflower rice with aubergine ragoût

Aubergine bhaji

Not to be confused with the ever-so-popular deep fried onion bhaji, this aubergine recipe is vegan, gluten-free and low in calories. Made with aubergines and packed full of spices, this dish is the perfect go-to dinner for Meat Free Monday.

Aubergine bhaji

Baba ganoush with cumin crispbreads

Serve this aubergine dip with cumin crispbreads as a meze starter with hummus, olives, lamb kofte or falafel. You can keep with crispbreads in an airtight container for up to three days.

Baba ganoush with cumin crispbreads

Coconut and aubergine curry

This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting meal to make midweek. We have plenty of vegetarian curry recipes here, try them out.

Coconut and aubergine curry


Halloumi, tomato and aubergine skewers

Make an easy marinade for BBQ vegetarian halloumi skewers. Add tomatoes and aubergine and grill on the barbecue. Piled on to crusty bread these will be a hit. Try our other BBQ recipes here.


Szechuan aubergines

This is a version of yu xiang qie zi, fish flavoured aubergine, so called because the flavours are usually used with fish. Buy Chinese black vinegar from Waitrose, souschef.co.uk, or Asian supermarkets. Leave the pork out to make this vegetarian. In the mood for stir fry? Try our easy stir fry recipes here.

Szechuan aubergines

Grilled aubergine sabich salad

Sabich is an Israeli sandwich of pita stuffed with fried aubergine and hard-boiled eggs. Our grilled aubergine sabich salad is a twist on this with bulgar wheat and greek yogurt. Serve with warm pita or flatbread.

grilled aubergine sabich salad


Melanzane Parmigiana

A really indulgent Italian aubergine recipe. This delicious, cheesy vegetarian bake with aubergine is ideal for a family meal midweek. Aubergine is a great ingredient to use because of its naturally meaty texture.

Melanzane Parmigiana


Fried aubergine sticks with sumac and honey

Easy aubergine sticks: designed to impress your friends and family as a quick dinner-party starter, or as part of an easy lunch. With a minty yogurt dip, this Mediterranean-inspired recipe with sumac and za’atar just needs a drizzle of honey to finish it off.

Aubergine sticks with sumac and honey


Hot and sour aubergine with sticky rice

Sticky rice with aubergine in a hot and sour sauce, made from very simple ingredients: red chilli, soy sauce, vinegar and a little sugar.

Hot and sour aubergine with sticky rice


Spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine

Dan Doherty’s recipe for spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine is the perfect winter warmer recipe. It takes a while but is really easy to make, perfect for entertaining.

Spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine

Marinated summer veg antipasti

The best antipasti recipes use a colourful mix of summer veg. This easy one is an easy sharing plate of aubergines, peppers, courgette and mushrooms. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the juices.

summer veg antipasti


Aubergine stacks with pesto, pine nuts and goat’s cheese

An easy meal for vegetarians: simple layers of aubergine, goat’s cheese and pesto make a rich but fast meal for two. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve with crusty bread.

Aubergine stacks with pesto, pine nuts and goat’s cheese

Classic Moussaka

Make your aubergine shine in a moussaka. Layers of minced lamb, potato and aubergine, covered in white sauce and baked to make the classic Greek dish moussaka. Greek salad is all you need on the side.

Classic Moussaka


Za’atar roasted aubergine with puy lentil salad

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix. Use it in this recipe for za’atar roasted aubergine with Puy lentil salad, a dish that’s vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes but still delivers on flavour. Perfect for 5:2-diet days.

Za'atar roasted aubergine with puy lentil salad


Aubergine and lamb pasticcio

Our Greek-inspired aubergine and lamb pasticcio is easy to make but is packed full of fantastic flavours. It serves six, so is perfect for feeding a crowd, or freeze the leftovers for another time. Here are our best pasta bake recipes to try.

Aubergine and lamb pasticcio

Aubergine and chilli pide

Pide is a Turkish flatbread which can be topped like pizza for a quick, easy meal. Make your dough, then top with aubergine, chilli and spices for a vegetarian lunch or supper.

Aubergine and chilli pide


Aubergine stuffed with pisto

This recipe for stuffed aubergines with piste comes from Pizarro restaurants. The slow-cooked vegetable stuffing in this recipe together with the crunchy, garlic migas topping is like a hug on a plate. This could be a main, starter or side dish, it’s a really versatile recipe.

Aubergine stuffed with pisto


Smoky miso aubergines

Miso and aubergine is a match made in heaven, and this recipe is perfect for the BBQ this summer. Make sure you check the miso is vegan. Our vegetarian BBQ recipes make great centrepieces and side dishes.

miso aubergines


Za’atar aubergine steaks with sesame dressing and pomegranate

This recipe for za’atar aubergine steaks with sesame dressing and pomegranate makes for a quick, easy and delicious veggie dinner. Plus, it’s under 300 calories and gluten free

aubergine steaks with pomegranate


Aubergine Thai jungle curry

Aubergine curry, anyone?? Our aubergine Thai jungle curry is low-calorie and ready in just 20 minutes, making a great, satisfying option for midweek.

aubergine thai green curry


Lamb chops with aubergines and bloody mary salsa

We paired lamb chops, baked aubergine, and a spicy bloody mary dressingin this cocktail-inspired recipe. You can make the salsa beforehand, and adjust its flavour by adding tabasco and Worcestershire sauce.

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Lamb chops with aubergines and bloody mary salsa

Nasu dengaku (miso grilled aubergine)

This riff on sweet ‘n’ sour miso grilled aubergine from Kurobuta, a tiny café-like space on Chelsea’s King’s Road, makes the perfect starter or side dish that looks impressive but is actually very easy.

Nasu dengaku (miso grilled aubergine)