Aubergine (or eggplant), is an amazing vegetable to cook with! So if you're looking for the best aubergine recipes (or eggplant recipes) on the web, then you've come to the right place. Let's first look at how aubergine can be cooked and then the best recipes to make using these techniques.
Everything about aubergine
Aubergine is a versatile vegetable that is often used in Mediterranean, Italian, Indian and Japanese cooking, amongst many other cuisines too.
Eggplant has a glossy, thick, deep purple skin that is glamorous yet elegant. And although the eggplant emoji now means something completely different in modern pop culture, it is still one of the best veggies to cook with. And a key ingredient for veggie and vegan dishes!
Although aubergine can mostly be bought all year around at the supermarket, it's in season from July to September.
Eggplant is mild, earthy and with a little sweetness. Sometimes aubergine can be a little bitter but as long as it's cooked until tender, it doesn't tend to be bitter.
It is similar in texture to a zucchini once cooked, and tends to go very creamy once baked. The skin stays a little tougher but generally the fleshy parts of the eggplant are very tender, that's why it's so great when made into an eggplant dip!
In addition, the humble aubergine has many names. Obviously there's eggplant, which is what most of you probably call this lovely vegetable, but there's also brinjal, begun and bharta which are all names for aubergine from regions in India. You'll probably come across all of these below! Starting with our delicious brinjal bhaji.
How to prepare & cook aubergine
There are many different preparation and cooking techniques to be used with aubergine. That includes peeling (or not), soaking, salting, stuffing, grilling, frying, roasting and even mashing. Aubergine recipes use a variety of these techniques.
Aubergines can be thinly sliced, chopped into chunks or simply cut in half. They can even be roasted whole! That is actually a beautiful way of cooking baby aubergines.
You may find a lot of aubergine recipes online that recommend salting aubergine slices before cooking them. This is actually an out-dated preparation technique for preparing eggplant, and is actually no longer necessary. This salting method was used to reduce the bitterness of the aubergine.
However, over the years, growers have bred the bitter taste out of modern aubergines and they are no longer as bitter as they once were. Right, let's move onto the all important aubergine recipes...
Easy & simple aubergine recipes
Easy eggplant recipes are where it's at! Aubergine recipes are often so delicious it's hard to pick just one. So here are our favorites...
1. Easy Roasted Aubergine Curry
2. Aubergine Bhaji
3. Aubergine and Cauliflower Curry
4. Aubergine & Sweet Potato Katsu Curry
5. Best Miso Glazed Aubergine
6. Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
7. Vegan Eggplant Rollatini
8. Eggplant & Spinach Lasagna
9. Aubergine & Spinach Bake
10. Aubergine and Sweet Potato Curry
11. Stuffed Aubergine
12. Eggplant Pizza
Healthy aubergine recipes
Here you'll find a selection of eggplant recipes that we think are pretty healthy!
13. Baked Eggplant
14. Japanese Eggplant No-Meatballs
15. Vegan Muffaletta
16. Vegan Moussaka
17. Pasta Alla Norma
18. Georgian Eggplant Rolls
19. Sambal Terong Balado
20. Lebanese Moussaka
21. Eggplant Salad
22. Eggplant Chili
23. Vegan Eggplant Meatballs
24. BBQ Moroccan Eggplant Salad
Quick aubergine recipes
25. BBQ Grilled Eggplant Steaks
26. Air Fryer Eggplant Fries
27. Air Fryer Eggplant
28. Baba ganoush
29. Eggplant & red pepper dip
30. Serbian Ajvar
Yes, aubergine skin is perfectly fine to eat. In fact, almost all of the aubergine recipes in this list keeps the skin on!
It's easy to prepare aubergine! Just cut off the ends, and then they can be thinly sliced, chopped into thick aubergine steaks, cut into chunks or even cut in half and baked.
Aubergine can be cooked in a variety of ways! They can be brushed with olive oil and baked, grilled or on the BBQ. They cab be roasted whole or chopped into chunks or slices. They can even be air fried or deep fried, as well as simmered in stews and curries.
So there we have it – the best aubergine recipes on the internet! Whether you call it aubergine or eggplant recipes, they're all the same thing, and so tasty!
But if we have missed any of your favourite aubergine recipes, let us know in the comments and we'll try them out.