20+ Hearty Vegan Eggplant Recipes

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Eat more veggies with these flavorful and hearty vegan eggplant recipes! The following ideas are tried, true and incredibly tasty.

No matter if you want to prepare a light dinner or quick appetizer, eggplant season has a lot to offer.

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Even if you haven’t been a fan of this vegetable so far, the following flavorful recipes, from sandwiches and sides to meaty mains, will blow you away!

Our hand-picked list goes way beyond just a simple roasted eggplant and offers ideas for every need.

Some recipes are best enjoyed during summer, while others are perfect during the holiday season, including Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Fantastic Vegan Eggplant Recipes

Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant
Comforting, healthy and with a touch of sweetness, these Moroccan-inspired stuffed eggplant halves make for a great dinner idea. They feature protein-packed chickpeas and quinoa, cozy spices and tomato sauce.
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Flavorful Vegetable Stir-Fry
Use your eggplant to make a simple veggie stir-fry! Cook alongside broccoli, snap peas, squash and marinated tofu, then serve over rice.
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Easy Baked Ratatouille
If you have lots of fresh summer produce, including eggplant, tomato and zucchini, try this colorful baked ratatouille for a flavorful veggie side! It’s sure to impress anyone and can be served with many main dishes.
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Moroccan Collard Green Wraps
These collard green wraps feature cooked millet, crunchy colorful veggies as well as roasted eggplant and chickpeas. You’ll love this combination, especially with the quick orange mustard dip!
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white plate with a few rolled vegan collard wraps filled with millet next to a yogurt dip
Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
Looking for a light, tasty and indulgent dinner idea? This vegan eggplant parmesan is quickly put together and doesn’t take long in the oven, either. No vegan parmesan cheese needed!
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Eggplant with Buckwheat & Pomegranate
Ready for something special? This recipe calls for oven-roasted eggplant, served with cooked buckwheat, walnuts and a warming vegan pomegranate sauce. Best enjoyed on colder days with a side of green salad!
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Eggplant pomegrenate
Vegan Eggplant Gyros
Skip the meat for this hearty eggplant gyros! Za'atar seasoned and roasted, it gets stuffed in warm pita and topped with juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and hummus-dill sauce.
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Dal with Roasted Eggplant
If you love Indian food, make this red lentil dal with lots of delicious spices and topped with roasted eggplant! It’s a weeknight-friendly dinner idea for the whole family.
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Dal with Roast Eggplant
Low-Carb Eggplant Pizza
These mini eggplant pizzas are great appetizers and perfect for those following a low-carb vegan diet! They are ready in only 30 minutes, gluten-free and can be made with different toppings.
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Grilled Portobello and Eggplant Burger
Make this super healthy burger with grilled marinated portobello mushrooms and eggplants instead of a meat patty! Complete with shallots, fresh veggies and vegan mayo, these burgers are nutritious and indulgent.
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Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce
Tender and savory, these roasted eggplant slices with creamy tahini sauce and fresh mint make for a special side dish! This recipe works for special occasions or weeknights.
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Roasted Aubergine
Vegan Eggplant Rollatini
Brimming with fresh and smoky flavor, this eggplant rollatini dish is crowd-pleasing and such an eye-catcher! Serve it to your dinner guests and watch even non-veggies devour this meal in no time.
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white baking pan with tomato sauce and vegan ricotta stuffed eggplant roll ups decorated with basil
Vegan Eggplant Meatballs
Yes, you can even make veggie meatballs out of eggplant! This easy recipe is family-friendly, full of flavor and nutrients and the texture is almost like the “real thing.”
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Vegan Eggplant Meatballs
Miso-Glazed Eggplant
Do you like Japanese flavors? Try this miso-glazed baked eggplant with a sweet and salty sauce over rice and tofu.
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Miso glazed Aubergine
Eggplant Caramelized Onion Pizza
If you’re up for creative vegan pizza toppings, try this crispy eggplant and caramelized onion version! The veggies are nestled atop creamy vegan cheese and a quick homemade crust — the perfect special dinner idea.
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Eggplant Pizza
Georgian Eggplant Rolls
Only three main ingredients are needed for this beautiful vegan appetizer! Baked eggplant slices are stuffed with walnuts, garlic and exotic spices, then rolled and decorated with pomegranate seeds.
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Eggplant Puttanesca
Let this simple and delicious vegan dinner idea fulfill all your senses! It is a perfect blend of tender eggplant, spicy red pepper flakes and salty olives and capers, with a slight touch of sweetness from the sauce.
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eggplant puttensca
Baba Ganoush
This classic Middle Eastern dip is made with roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Simple ingredients yet big flavor!
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Baba Ghanoush
Crunchy Vegan Baked Eggplant
Make meat-eaters fall in love with veggies by serving them this tasty baked eggplant coated in crunchy breadcrumbs and served with white cheese sauce and toasted corn. What a delicious combination!
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Eggplant Coconut Curry
Try this 30-minute eggplant coconut curry with peanut butter for a simple, easy and satisfying weeknight dinner. Serve over rice and sprinkle with fresh lime!
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Aubergine Coconut Curry
Baked Eggplant Fries
These eggplant fries will turn even the eggplant hater into a lover! They are healthy, easy, delicious and baked to crispy perfection.
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Easy Eggplant Sandwich
Make this hearty vegan eggplant sandwich your next to-go lunch! Layers of smoky eggplant and fresh vegetables are packed in panini bread, then toasted till perfection.
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four vegan eggplant sandwiches with tomato and cucumber on top of each other as one of the best cold lunch ideas

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20+ Hearty Vegan Eggplant Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Eat more veggies with these flavorful and hearty vegan eggplant recipes! The following ideas are tried, true and really tasty. Be sure to try our smoky eggplant bacon and leave a review!
Serves 4


Smoky Eggplant Bacon

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 325 °F (160 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the eggplant into quarters lengthwise, then slice into thin and long strips, about ⅛ inch thick. Use a sharp knife or mandolin slicer for this step.
  • Combine all ingredients apart from the eggplant. Whisk with a spoon, then brush onto both sides of your eggplant slices.
  • Line the homemade eggplant bacon strips next to each other on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, flipping the eggplant slices halfway through.
  • Remove once brown and crispy!


  • You can add liquid smoke, onion powder, cumin and vegan Worcestershire sauce to the marinade if wanted.
  • Use your eggplant bacon for hearty breakfast bowls, in sandwiches or any other way.
  • Find 20+ more vegan eggplant recipes in the article above!
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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