Looking for aubergine recipes? Whether you call it aubergine or eggplant, this is one of the most versatile vegetables in the world. When cooked properly, it has such a creamy texture, and can soak up almost any flavour you put it with. It's delicious baked, stuffed, roasted or marinated. Try our aubergine recipes, then check out our other seasonal ingredient ideas, including our raspberry recipes, carrot recipes and nectarine recipes.
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 goat's cheese for a classy starter (try our best vegetarian entertaining recipes here). For more vibrant veg dishes, check out our mushroom recipes and courgette recipes.
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Why we love aubergines
Although it's technically a fruit, aubergines are popular around the world. Originally from Southeast Asia, the most common variety you’ll find in Europe has a deep purple, almost black skin, with creamy flesh and few seeds. But you can also find long, thin aubergines and small pea aubergines that are green and white. Look for unblemished, shiny, taut skin when buying.
Aubergines are good at soaking up flavours. You’ll find that after they’ve simmered in spices, they’ll be bursting with flavour, especially after giving them a good char at the beginning. Taste a bit before serving – you want them to be meltingly soft.
Health benefits of aubergine
Aubergines are a rich source of antioxidants – in fact, this is what gives them their purple colour. They also provide fibre and they're low in fat and sugar, making them a healthy choice for those managing diabetes. For those looking to loose weight, aubergines can be a good replacement for more calorie-dense foods, as they're incredibly versatile.
When are aubergines in season?
UK aubergine season starts in May and ends in October. Aubergines are at their best between June and September.
How do you cook aubergine?
Aubergines are versatile and work well cooked in many different ways, but it's really important to cook them fully – you’ll know as the flesh will be meltingly tender.
How to grill aubergine: The best way to roast aubergine is to cut it into cubes, toss with a little oil, season and roast at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 until soft.
How to BBQ aubergine: Aubergine is also great barbecued or griddled as it takes on the charred flavour really well. Slice into 1cm think slices, brush with oil (it can absorb a lot of oil so its best to give it a light brushing of oil) season and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until charred and really soft.
Can you eat the skin of an aubergine?
Yes you can. It's not necessary to peel the skin.
A spicy alternative to a traditional roast, this ras el hanout spiced leg of lamb with aubergine pilaf is perfect for soaking up Middle Eastern flavours.
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Fiery 'nduja and chunks of silky aubergine flesh take this tomato pasta recipe to the next level – ready in just half an hour, it's an ideal midweek meal for two.
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We paired lamb chops, baked aubergine and a spicy bloody mary dressing in this cocktail-inspired recipe. You can make the salsa beforehand and adjust its flavour by adding hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
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Check out our grilled aubergine recipe with red butterhead and salsa verde. This recipe is super simple, low in calories and gluten-free. Packed with flavour and serving four, it's an easy midweek meal.
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Our Greek-inspired aubergine and lamb pasticcio is easy to make but is packed full of fantastic flavours. It serves six, so it's perfect for feeding a crowd, or you can freeze the leftovers for another time.
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Aubergine curry, anyone? Our aubergine Thai jungle curry is low in calories and ready in just 20 minutes, making it a satisfying option for midweek.
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This recipe for spiced lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine is the perfect winter warmer recipe. It takes a while, but it's easy to make and ideal for entertaining.
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Make your aubergine shine in a moussaka, with layers of lamb mince, potato and aubergine, topped with a white sauce and baked to make the classic Greek dish, moussaka.
Greek salad is all you need on the side.
Aubergines are charred and dressed in an agrodolce (sweet/sour) dressing, served alongside walnuts, oregano, onion, feta, sumac and sesame seeds.
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Make the most of aubergines by deep-frying in breadcrumbs until crisp and golden, before stuffing in a bun with grilled halloumi and harissa mayo.
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A vegetarian take on a baked pasta classic, made with homemade white sauce (it's easy), lots of fresh basil and charred aubergine slices. A real crowd-pleaser.
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A sabich is a warm pitta stuffed with grilled aubergine, boiled eggs, salad and tahini. This is our take on the Middle Eastern sarnie.
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A salad in a slow cooker? Once you’ve seen how easy it is to get squishy, soft aubergines without slaving over a griddle you’ll make this again and again. The sweet dressing made with pomegranate molasses and honey contrasts nicely with the salty feta.
If warm salads are your thing, browse our recipes.
Here, a classic Italian aubergine recipe is made healthier with a few clever tricks. It's high in protein, low in salt and calories, and delicious too.
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Make the most of meaty aubergines in this creamy moussaka, an ideal comforting recipe to feed the family midweek.
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This recipe is inspired by involtini di melanzane, but with a melting mozzarella middle twist. You can make the sauce and grill the aubergines up to two days ahead and chill. Top with crunchy breadcrumbs and plenty of parmesan.
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Check out this easy gluten-free tomato pasta with aubergine, topped with fresh basil. This simple recipe is veggie-friendly and low in calories.
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A midweek winner with aubergine chunks, rice seasoned with ras el hanout, shards of golden halloumi and sesame seeds. Ready and on the table in 35 minutes.
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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.
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Spiced aubergine is layered with a peanut dressing and zingy relish to form the perfect veggie sandwich, brought to you by the chefs at Le Bab.
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Check out this easy veggie meze with chargrilled baby aubergines. This simple and moreish recipe is ready in under an hour – perfect for your next dinner party.
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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 they're easy to prep and make a great side dish or snack.
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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.
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This vegetarian spiced aubergine and tomatoes dish is from Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell's new seafood-focused restaurant, Westerns Laundry. It's easy to make and packed with punchy flavours.
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Try our easy layered Persian aubergine bake with crumbled feta. This vegetarian recipe is a simple and comforting one-pot to make over the winter months. Plus, it's gluten free.
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An indulgent, cheesy vegetarian bake that's ideal for a midweek family meal. Aubergine is a great ingredient to use here because of its naturally meaty texture.
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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.
Sumac adds a tart, lemony flavour to dishes like our sumac-roasted chicken.
An easy meal for vegetarians: simple layers of aubergine, goat's cheese and pesto make a rich, speedy meal for two. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve with crusty bread.
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Serve these baked stuffed aubergines alongside a fresh green salad for a satisfying lunch or supper.
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Packed with rice and sweet, sticky aubergines, this vegan dish is a great alternative to a classic stir-fry.
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Cook aubergine pieces with spices and red lentils for a hearty and healthy vegan curry.
We've got plenty more fragrant vegan curries for you to try.
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix. Use it in this roasted aubergine with puy lentil salad recipe, a dish that's vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes.
You could even make your own za'tar spice blend.
Check out this vibrant vegan chilli, made smoky thanks to the charred aubergine. It's ideal for a midweek meat-free meal for the family, which will soon become a firm favourite.
We also have a hearty five-bean chilli.
Swap bacon for crunchy, paprika-smoked aubergine slivers in our vegan twist on the classic caesar salad.
For meat-eaters, there's our classic chicken caesar salad.
Try out this simple and flavoursome smoky aubergine salad recipe with crunchy pomegranates, served with flatbreads for scooping.
We have plenty more vegetarian salads to keep you satisfied, too.
Give aubergines centre stage in this vibrant, 30-minute vegan recipe. It's packed with fresh flavours of crunchy radishes, fiery ginger and zesty lime.
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Our 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.
If you like this, you'll love our sweet potato and lentil curry too.
The double cooking in this recipes transforms the aubergine’s spongy flesh into tender morsels, made heady with garlic, hot pickled chillies and ginger.
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A really easy aubergine recipe to try! Ditch the takeaway menu and grab a pan, these low calorie vegetarian noodles are a quick and mid-week meal idea guaranteed to hit the spot.
Next, have a look at our healthy versions of takeaway dishes.
This recipe for stuffed aubergines with pisto comes from Pizarro restaurants. The slow-cooked vegetable stuffing in this recipe, together with the crunchy, garlic topping, is like a hug on a plate. This could be a main, starter or side dish – it's a really versatile recipe.
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Check out this quick and easy aubergine recipe with a punchy peanut dressing. Serve this simple vegan recipe hot or cold.
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These easy vegan moussaka bowls are ready in just 15 minutes, an easy alternative to oven-baked moussaka. The moussaka bowls have the flavours and textures of a slow-cooked moussaka, without the wait.
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Try our vegan teriyaki aubergine recipe – it's easy, serves four as a side, and it's only 105 calories.
You could serve it alongside our watermelon and herb noodle salad.
This warm grilled aubergine salad is perfect as a side with grilled meats, or served as a vegetarian main. The sweet soy-chilli sauce is quick to make as a dressing.
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By blitzing cauliflower in a food processor and quickly cooking, you get the consistency and texture of rice, with fewer calories. It still fills you up and it’s quicker to cook, too.
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Not to be confused with the 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.
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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.
For another moreish dip, serve up our vibrant green pea hummus.
Sweet and smoky aubergines mixed with peppers, walnuts and fresh breadcrumbs make the perfect veggie side dish.
We have lots of veggie dishes you can cook on the barbecue.
A great way to cook aubergine on the barbecue. Here, slices are coated in pomegranate molasses, cumin, cinnamon, aleppo pepper and sumac before hitting the grill on skewers, and being served with an onion, garlic, chilli and lemon salsa. Swap the yogurt for a plant-based version and you've got a great vegan BBQ dish.
For something sweet, try our date loaf cake with pomegranate molasses.
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.
We love using antipasti ingredients to make a wholesome pasta dish.
Miso and aubergine are a match made in heaven, and this recipe is perfect for the BBQ this summer. Make sure you check the miso is vegan before buying.
For another vegetarian side, try corn on the cob with lime and miso butter.
Dressed with shallot, chilli, lime and roasted peanuts, this really packs a punch in terms of flavour and texture. This grilled aubergine side dish comes from Burmese restaurant, Laphet.
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Packed with tomatoes, aubergine, courgettes and red pepper, this ratatouille recipe is easy to make and feeds up to four. Serve alongside toasted sourdough.
You can turn your ratatouille into a baked eggs dish with chorizo.