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40 Mouthwatering Vegan Eggplant Recipes (Vegan Aubergine Recipes)

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Most vegans out there have known the disappointment of a boring roasted eggplant dish as the only vegan option, but this list of vegan eggplant recipes (or vegan aubergine recipes) is here to prove that there are better eggplant options out there.

In fact, eggplant is often used as a meat replacement BECAUSE it’s so versatile and can be used in many meat dishes. The issue is that when it’s not cooked well, it can be a pretty boring dish.

To solve that, we’ve put together this list of vegan eggplant recipes. All of these recipes are tasty, exciting vegan recipes.

There’s everything from stuffed eggplant, to eggplant pasta, to eggplant meatballs in here!

If you’re looking for more vegan recipes but eggplant isn’t really your style, why not check out our vegan meal plan?

In case I’ve confused the Brits out there, this is a list of vegan aubergine recipes. I’m just using the more widely used term: eggplant.

Interestingly, the term aubergine comes from the french word for eggplant and was originally derived from an arabic word.

Eggplant, on the other hand, comes from a white variety of the plant that looks similar to a goose egg. This variation was more common in North America in the 18th Century, when the term was coined.

If my tangent on the history of the words eggplant and aubergine hasn’t bored you, you should read more about words that are different in the US and the UK.

How to cook eggplant

This is the big question, and the stumbling block for lots of new vegans when cooking vegan eggplant recipes.

First things first, make sure you know how to pick an eggplant. We’ve written about how to select the perfect aubergine in our baba ganoush recipe (that’s an eggplant dip, by the way).

Once you’re on to the cooking stage, remember that eggplant is mostly water and will soak up anything they are paired with. They can also get soggy if you’re not careful.

There’s also debate over whether or not to salt your eggplant.

We suggest you stick to whatever the recipe says. Whoever is writing has fine tuned their eggplant curry or grilled eggplant recipes to make them perfect.

If you want to make these easy eggplant recipes even easier, check out these tips on cooking eggplants.

Otherwise, keep scrolling to find all the vegan eggplant recipes (or vegan aubergine recipes) you could hope for.

Mains

Aubergine Curry – Eggplant Curry

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4.72 from 104 votes
Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: quick, nutritious and very delicious, can be stored for a while in the fridge

This amazing aubergine curry (or eggplant curry) is quick, vegan and soooo tasty. Brought to you by the kings of curry.

Vegan Moussaka

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Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: MyPurePlants
Bonus: creamy, hearty, yet healthy dish

What do you need to make the BEST ever Vegan Moussaka? I would say layers of roasted eggplant slices, a hearty tomato-based mince ragú sauce, and a creamy white bechamel baked together.

Vegan Sabich – Middle Eastern Vegan Eggplant Sandwich

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: YumVeganLunchIdeas
Bonus: delicious, nutritious and versatile sandwich

These easy one dish Baked Eggplant Fajitas are seriously tasty and full of flavor. This easy recipe with eggplant, black beans, and veggies is so so good.

Keto Eggplant Meatballs

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Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: KetoVegetarianRecipes
Bonus: super healthy, delicious and easy

These keto eggplant meatballs are a tasty plant based meatball for a low carb vegetarian or vegan meal. Made with a mix of eggplants and mushrooms they are baked but could be air fried too.

The Best Quick & Easy Vegan Sticky Aubergine

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Ready in: 1 hour 5 minutes (just 5 minutes prep)
Recipe by: FitFoodieNutter
Bonus: super simple, flavorful, healthy and tasty

Whether you’re looking for a family friendly meat-free weeknight dinner or a winning recipe for a dinner party with friends, this super easy yet utterly delicious Asian-inspired sticky aubergine will tick all the boxes. Vegan and can be made gluten-free.

Roasted Eggplant Pasta

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: aSimplePalate
Bonus: easy, quick, meaty, delicious and mega healthy

6 ingredient roasted eggplant pasta in a rich tomato sauce. This pasta dish is filled with satisfying flavor and can be served with your favorite gluten free or vegetable pasta! Simple & delicious.

Vegan Eggplant Teriyaki

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: ItsAVegWorldAfterAll
Bonus: quick, easy and so delicious

This vegan eggplant recipe is flavorful, easy to make, and served with homemade teriyaki sauce. It’s a great 30-minute dinner recipe for busy nights!

Roasted Eggplant Sandwich with Easy Olive Spread

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: CookeAtLiveLove
Bonus: tasty, hearty and crunchy sandwich

Delicious meaty eggplants layered with lots of crunchy veggies and the added flavors of a salty, briny olive spread.

Pasta Arrabiata

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5 from 3 votes
Ready in: 30 minutes

Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp
Bonus: so simple, tasty and spicy dinner

This easy pasta arrabiata can be made just as spicy as you like it – you’re in control with our step by step guide. Sugo all’arrabbiata here we come!

Vangi Bath – Brinjal Rice

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Ready in: 21 minutes
Recipe by: Mrishtanna
Bonus: quick, delicious, healthy and authentic dish

Brinjal rice is a vegan, gluten-free, and one-pot meal that you can prepare in less than 30 minutes when you have the powder ready to go.

Smoky Sweet Vegan Eggplant Bacon Slices

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: CookeAtLiveLove
Bonus: easy, crispy, smoky and full of taste

Thinly sliced eggplant brushed with a sweet and smoky marinade imitate bacon in this quick and easy vegan bacon recipe.

The Best Ever Vegan BLT Sandwich with Eggplant Bacon

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Ready in: 55 minutes (just 10 minutes prep)
Recipe by: FitFoodieNutter
Bonus: easy, delicious, nutritious and so good

This mouth-watering vegan BLT sandwich with eggplant bacon is a delicious plant-based bacon fix for vegans or meat eaters alike. Smokey roasted eggplant, crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes and creamy vegan mayonnaise make this vegan sandwich taste out of this world.

Garlic Eggplant Penne Pasta

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: DishByDish
Bonus: simple, comforting, filling and flavorful dish

Warm, rich and comforting, this simple garlic eggplant penne pasta is food to fuel you on busy days.

Baked Eggplant Fajitas

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: SlenderKitchen
Bonus: quick, healthy, delicious and so easy!

These easy one dish Baked Eggplant Fajitas are seriously tasty and full of flavor. This easy recipe with eggplant, black beans, and veggies is so so good.

Middle Eastern Stuffed Aubergines

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Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes (just 20 minutes)
Recipe by: LittleSunnyKitchen
Bonus: easy to make, healthy, delicious and can be stored in a fridge a couple of days

Stuffed aubergines cooked the Middle Eastern way in tomato sauce. These stuffed aubergines/eggplants are made vegan as they’re stuffed with just rice, veggies, spices and no meat!

Aubergine and Chickpea Curry

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: LittleSunnyKitchen
Bonus: creamy, delicious and really easy

Aubergine and chickpea curry is perfect for a mid-week dinner as it takes just 30 minutes to prepare. Served over white rice and garnished with chopped fresh parsley leaves.

Brinjal Rice – Vangi Bath

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: TraditionallyModernFood
Bonus: simple, easy, nutritious and so tasty

Kathirikai sadam is a tasty variety rice prepared with Brinjal. Freshly ground spice powder gives a nice flavor to the rice. Kathirikai sadam is one quick lunch box dish for busy weekday.

Eggplant Meatballs

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Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: MyPurePlants
Bonus: simple, healthy and so delicious

Roasted eggplant has this amazing texture and fairly neutral flavor, so with proper seasoning they can be turned into many tasty things. You should try this 5-ingredient simple, healthy eggplant meatballs with marinara sauce.

Chinese Spicy Eggplant

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: ProfusionCurry
Bonus: quick, flavorful and mega delicious

Chinese Spicy Eggplant is easy to make, full of aromatic flavors and excellent taste. Learn how to cook this simple yet delicious recipe that is gluten free, vegan, soy free and uses just a few ingredients.

Sides and Salads

Teriyaki Grilled Aubergine

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Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: ThePeskyVegan
Bonus: sweet, savoury, aromatic and healthy dish

This teriyaki grilled aubergine is a great addition to any vegan barbecue. Golden, slightly crispy, and gluten-free, you can enjoy it as either a side or a main.

BBQ Moroccan Eggplant Salad

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: YumVeganLunchIdeas
Bonus: beautiful, tasty, flavorful and so good

This moroccan eggplant salad is the perfect summer BBQ salad recipe. With delicate Moroccan spices, a smokey BBQ flavour, roasted chickpeas, fresh rocket leaf salad and a zesty dressing – this is a must try. BBQ eggplant is creamy and flavorsome. This roasted eggplant salad recipe is sure to impress!

Escalivada (Grilled Vegetables)

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: InTheKitch
Bonus: simple, easy to prep, and easy to cook, perfect for any occasion

Escalivada is a traditional Spanish dish made from grilled vegetables. While that might not sound too exciting on the surface, prepare to have your mind blown by just how delicious some well cooked vegetables in a tangy, savory dressing can be.

Aubergine Bhaji

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Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: VeganPunks
Bonus: spicy, soft and tasty dish

Aubergine bhaji, or brinjal bhaji, is a classic Indian side dish that pairs the rich, creaminess of aubergines with classic spices like garam masala and cumin. This recipe will serve 2 as a main and 4 as a side.

Ready in: 1 hour 5 minutes (just 15 minutes prep)
Recipe by: GreedyGourmet
Bonus: super quick, simple to make, delicious and full of flavor

Miso Eggplant, also known as Nasu Dengaku, is a Japanese eggplant starter recipe. Simply halve the eggplants, bake them, glaze with miso and grill. Serve on its own as a starter, or create a vegan meal by serving it with rice and salad.

Vegan Eggplant Stew

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Ready in: 10 minutes prep and 40 minutes cooking
Recipe by: Cooktoria
Bonus: simple, filling, hearty, and a great addition to any meal

This Easy Vegan Eggplant Stew is very simple and tasty. There is one extra step that makes the eggplant meaty, tender, and so soft.

Moroccan Eggplant with Chermoula

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: CarolinesCooking
Bonus: easy to make, packed with fresh flavor and taste

This Moroccan eggplant with chermoula is easy to make, great for making ahead, and delicious for lunch or as a side.

Baingan Bharta

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Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: SpicyTamarind
Bonus: authentic, simple and flavorful

Baingan bharta is a smoky rustic dish that is prepared by mincing eggplant which has been charred over direct fire.

Grilled Eggplant Salad with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

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Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: VeggiesSaveTheDay
Bonus: quick, healthy, nutritious and beautiful salad

Grilled Eggplant Salad with Chickpeas and Tomatoes is a flavorful Mediterranean-inspired recipe. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and healthy.

Persian Roasted Eggplant Salad with Tahini Dressing

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Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: VeggieDesserts
Bonus: easy to make, beautiful and bursting with great taste

Roasted eggplant wedges get deliciously caramelised and are perfect on a salad. This method uses less oil, so it’s a healthy way to enjoy them. The baked aubergine is perfect with seasoned grains and kale in a salad or as a side dish. Vegan.

Snacks and Appetizers

Eggplant and Bean Vegan Sausage Rolls

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Ready in: 1 hour (just 10 minutes prep)
Recipe by: WholeFoodBellies
Bonus: easy to make, healthy and nutritious, freezer-friendly dish

These vegan sausage rolls combine a mixture of eggplant, cannellini beans, garlic, onions, and parsley. They are able to be made ahead of time and enjoyed either hot or cold. Great for lunch boxes or paired with a salad for a nice homemade lunch at home. Meal prep and freezer-friendly to boot.

Georgian Eggplant Rolls with Walnuts

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Ready in: 50 minutes (only 10 minutes prep)
Recipe by: HappyKitchen
Bonus: simple, healthy, incredibly delicious

These Georgian Eggplant Rolls With Walnut Filling are a delightfully simply, healthy vegan appetizer. Three ingredients, some artfully chosen spices, and less than an hour of time and you have a vegan treat for the tastebuds with these walnut stuffed eggplant rolls.

Aubergine Caviar

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Ready in: 1 hour 30 minutes
Recipe by: YourGuardianChef
Bonus: simple ingredients, healthy, and so tasty

Aubergine caviar may sound sophisticated, however, it is very simple to make. It is baked aubergine with plenty of garlic, thyme and olive oil.

Baked Eggplant Fries

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Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: VeggiesDontBite
Bonus: easy, mega tasty, crispy and healthy

These baked eggplant fries will turn even the eggplant hater into a lover. I know because this was me! Healthy, easy and so delicious.

Eggplant Pizza

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Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: TheUrbenLife
Bonus: quick, easy, delicious and totally satisfying!

These eggplant pizza bites are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb! Each slice is topped with pizza sauce, plant-based cheese, and fresh basil. Enjoy them as a light lunch or fun snack.

Roasted Pepper and Aubergine Dip

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Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: ForkfulOfPlants
Bonus: delicious, full of taste and flavour dip

The love child of muhammara and baba ganoush, this mediterannean dip is sweet, creamy, garlicky, smoky and a little bit nutty. Perfect enjoyed with warm grilled pitta and hungry friends.

Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: ElectricBlueFood
Bonus: simple, flavorful and mega delicious

A flavourful appetizer inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean. Enjoy this grilled eggplant bruschetta with fresh mint and, optionally, roasted cherry tomatoes!

Japanese Eggplant Recipe

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Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: CookingJourneyBlog
Bonus: healthy, tasty and mega delicious

This Japanese eggplant recipe makes a great appetizer. Are you looking for healthy eggplant recipe for dinner? Roasted eggplant with avocado pesto is a winner!

Crispy Baked Eggplant Recipe

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Ready in: 1 hour
Recipe by: PepperBowl
Bonus: simple ingredients, super tasty and versatile

‘Baked Eggplant Recipe / Easy Crispy Eggplant’ is perfect recipe is great for snack / appetizer. Best way of celebrations.Best for using as the main ingredient for making sandwiches, lasagnas.

Japanese Miso Eggplant

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: CookMorphosis
Bonus: quick, simple, full of taste, great appetizer or a side dish

Refresh, sweet, addicted, vegan, and gluten free are all that can say about this amazing restaurant style Japanese Miso Eggplant.

Baba Ganoush – The Father of all Eggplant Dips

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5 from 8 votes
Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: Cristina & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: smoky, soft and beautifully delicious dip 🙂

Baba Ganoush – (Eggplant Dip / Aubergine Dip) Flatbreads and pitas go perfectly with this beautiful fusion of Arab-Mediterranean cuisines.

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5 from 2 votes
Course Dip, Party, Side Dish
Cuisine Arab, Levantine, Vegan
Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 as a side
Calories 617kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 small eggplants (3 small eggplants = 600-700g in total)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp tahini (or sesame paste is fine too)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (plus a splash when serving the dish)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Optional

  • 1 handful pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp cilantro/coriander, fresh

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180ºc.
  • Put the eggplants on a oven tray with a splash of olive oil and some salt.
  • Using a fork, poke a couple of holes in them.
  • Add the garlic cloves as well. No need to peel them.
  • Roast until tender ( 25-30 minutes).
  • Let the eggplants cool for a while, then slice them open and carve out the “flesh”.
  • With a beater or food processor mix the eggplant flesh with the rest of ingredients (juice the lemon and peel the garlic too before you throw it in).
  • Serve in a bowl with some paprika and a splash of olive oil for garnish. You can eat as a dip with pitas, flatbread or nachos or as a side dish of main course.

Optional

  • Stir in pomegranate seeds and cilantro to give this lovely Baba Ganoush an extra freshness kick.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
40 Mouthwatering Vegan Eggplant Recipes (Vegan Aubergine Recipes)
Amount per Serving
Calories
617
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
45.5
g
70
%
Saturated Fat
 
6.3
g
39
%
Sodium
 
1213
mg
53
%
Potassium
 
1823
mg
52
%
Carbohydrates
 
54.2
g
18
%
Fiber
 
28.1
g
117
%
Sugar
 
22.2
g
25
%
Protein
 
12.6
g
25
%
Vitamin A
 
200
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
53.6
mg
65
%
Calcium
 
160
mg
16
%
Iron
 
4.7
mg
26
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I’m pretty sure that this list of vegan eggplant recipes has enough variation to provide recipe inspiration for a long time (or all the eggplants you can get your hands on).

By covering all kinds of cuisines, like chinese eggplant recipes and japanese eggplant recipes, and different types of recipes, like eggplant salads and eggplant dinner recipes, it really shows all the best that eggplants/aubergines have to offer.

About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!

This article has been medically reviewed by James Bell

Healthy, nutritious and absurdly tasty food? That’s what I’m all about. I love recipes which are full of flavour but are good for you too. My job in family medicine led me to become a nutrition professional as well, with an aim to get people healthier just by the food they eat.

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  1. 5 stars
    These all look amazing!

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