15 Creative Vegan Eggplant Recipes

From eggplant bake to vegan eggplant parmesan, these healthy recipes from the best of the blogs should turn anyone into a fan of the humble aubergine.

Compiled by Perri O. Blumberg and Taylor Shea
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    Courtesy Susan Voisin

    Italian Layered Vegetable Casserole

    Creamy bean filling elevates roasted eggplant and zucchini in Fat Free Vegan's Italian Layered Vegetable Casserole. Garnish with chopped parsley for a vibrant hit of green.

    Courtesy Tori Avey

    Sweet and Sour Eggplant

    Sweet and sour eggplant on the blog The Shiksa balances the bright flavors of rice vinegar and soy sauce with the sweetness of red bell peppers and brown sugar. Finish off with sesame seeds for a subtle crunch.

    Courtesy Susan Voisin

    Ajvar (Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Relish)

    Ajvar (pronounced “eye-var”), a condiment made from roasted pepper and eggplant, can be spread onto crackers, served like salsa, or swapped for your go-to sandwich spread. Try stirring this version from the blog Fat Free Vegan into warm pasta for a tangy sauce.

    Courtesy Bites Out of Life

    Baingan Bharta Indian Eggplant Dip

    Baingan Bharta, a popular North Indian curry, is traditionally made with coal-roasted eggplant. On the blog Bites Out of Life, the cooking process is simplified with boiled and then sautéed eggplant, resulting in a smooth, rich texture without an open flame.

    Courtesy Scratching Canvas

    Oil Baked Eggplant Chips

    Have fun dunking these oil baked eggplant chips from the blog Scratching Canvas into your dip of choice.

    Courtesy Heather Poire

    Za'atar Crusted Eggplant Tomato Basil Naan Flatbreads

    Za'atar, a middle eastern spice blend, complements roasted eggplant in this vegan eggplant topped naan recipe from Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes.

    Courtesy 86 Lemons

    Eggplant Ratatouille

    Ratatouille is just a fancy word for a traditional southern France vegetable stew, but this simple eggplant ratatouille from the blog 86Lemons combines eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers for a rich, savory meal.

    Courtesy Dine and Dash

    Stuffed Eggplant

    Looks fancy, but isn't! Twice-baked stuffed eggplant from Dine & Dash is topped with feta and parsley (swap feta for almond slivers to keep it vegan). Toss any leftovers with plain penne or spaghetti for a quick weeknight meal.

    Courtesy Emily Von Euw

    Eggplant Mushroom Pesto Pizza

    Hearty and wholesome: Eggplant mushroom pesto pizza from This Rawsome Vegan Life layers veggies with tofu and a savory dairy-free pesto sauce loaded with flavor from pine nuts, basil leaves, olive oil, olives, garlic, and vegan milk.

    Courtesy Heather Poire

    Eggplant Tomato Bialy Sandwich

    Sunday Morning Banana Pancake's eggplant tomato bialy sandwich wedges veggies in the traditional Polish roll for a comforting weekend lunch or a light dinner.

    Courtesy Alexis Kornblum

    Roasted Eggplant Dip

    Dip whatever's on hand into a bowl of creamy roasted eggplant dip from Lexi's Clean Kitchen. The key to this smoky dip? Roast the veggies and whole garlic cloves drizzled with sea salt, pepper, and oil first before adding lemon juice and blending together.

    Courtesy Susan Voisin

    Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

    Fat Free Vegan's eggplant parmesan turns the cheesy comfort food staple into a vegan dinner featuring a velvety sauce of silken tofu, tahini or cashew butter, and soy milk.

    Courtesy Choosing Raw

    Eggplant and Arugula Wraps with Tomato Basil Cashew Cheese

    Pinwheels, the ultimate party appetizer, are typically loaded with meat and cheese, but this version from the blog Choosing Raw reinvents the wheel with eggplant and arugula wraps. Also fun: Stuff the fillings into collard green leaves for a gluten-free appetizer.

    Courtesy Skinny Taste

    Baked Eggplant Sticks

    From the blog Skinny Taste, baked eggplant sticks are breaded with egg whites (or, use a vegan milk of your choice), Parmesan cheese and seasoned bread crumbs. Serve with a big bowl of marinara for dipping.

    Courtesy Mellissa Sevigny

    Roasted Baby Eggplant

    The blog I Breathe I'm Hungry features a gorgeous roasted baby eggplant recipe using a handful of simple ingredients like olive oil and ricotta cheese for an elegant side or appetizer. Top with vegan cheese or sour cream if you choose.