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!

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20+ Hearty Vegan Eggplant Recipes

Yield: 4 servings
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!


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


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 °F (160 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. Combine all ingredients apart from the eggplant. Whisk with a spoon, then brush onto both sides of your eggplant slices.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 440mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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