My Best Vegan Eggplant Recipes

Vegan Eggplant Recipes

Eggplants are a delicious inclusion to any diet. They have a texture and density that makes them a great addition to soups and stews. Being such a great vegetable to work with, I have made lots of vegan eggplant recipes.

They can also be consumed perfectly by themselves or be baked, mashed into a dip, roasted, grilled, or be sautéed.

Eggplants tend to have a slightly bitter and acidic taste that most people may not like, but they offer impressive health benefits beyond the taste.

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Eggplant Nutrition

Eggplant is considered a very healthy vegetable. It is jam-packed with minerals and vitamins.

In fact, eggplant is rich in vitamin B6, K, and C. it is also rich in minerals like manganese, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. As a result, it not just aids in digestion but also improves the functions of different organs of the body.

Because it is high in fiber, it reduces cholesterol and improves the health of your heart substantially. Moreover, it improves the health of your bones by making them stronger. Thanks to the calcium and iron in eggplant, it enhances bone density.

Since it is rich in anti-oxidants, eggplants also prevent the risk of getting cancer. Lastly, it also improves brain health.

Because of the many benefits of this vegetable and the way I make it in this recipe, you should definitely give it a try. I bet you are going to love this dish!

Read more about the health benefits of eggplants here!

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What to look for when buying eggplants?

Buying the perfect eggplant for this delicious broiled jerk eggplant is not a difficult task. However, if you are someone who doesn’t cook eggplants very often, here are a few things you should keep in mind when buying eggplants:

  • Appearance: Eggplants should have a beautiful dark purple color and shiny skin unless they are of a different variety than commonly found in American supermarkets. Therefore, avoid buying eggplants that have brown patches on them, have holes, or are broken.
  • Size: Although smaller eggplants are sweeter and have few seeds, choose a medium-sized eggplant for this recipe. Avoid buying overly large eggplants, as they are bitter in taste and have more seeds.
  • Firm: Since ripe eggplants are the best ones, there is an easy way to check their ripeness. Gently press your thumb against the eggplant, and if it leaves an impression, it means the eggplant is fully ripe.

Ratatouille

ratatouille in a skillet

Vegan Ratatouille is a delicious, flavorful, hearty, filling, and healthy French dish made from fresh vegetables. It is a perfect treat for summer and the best way to feed the crowd. Made with fresh, colorful vegetables and herbs, this easy ratatouille recipe is a perfect way to satisfy your hunger.

Most of us remember Ratatouille from either Disney’s movie or the ratatouille recipe Julia Child bought to the world. However, it is usually seen as a very sophisticated dish that takes way too much time and effort to make. Well, it is true in a way.

We probably picture Ratatouille as a vibrant circular dish full of thinly sliced vegetables that are arranged in a perfect array meticulously. The dish undoubtedly delivers ultimate sophistication. But the thing is, that’s not the only Ratatouille you can make!

If you are like me and have an abundance of produce from your garden during the growing season and you are thinking of ways to prepare them, making a quick ratatouille is my go-to recipe.

It is a great way to prepare a dish to feed a crowd and include the bounty of summer. Ratatouille tastes delicious served over rice, quinoa, or bread.

Chinese Eggplant in Garlic Sauce

eggplant in garlic sauce over rice on a white plate

This mouthwatering Chinese Eggplant In Garlic Sauce is so easy to make, with tender and juicy strips of eggplant stir-fried in a flavorful Szechuan-style garlic sauce. 

If you love eggplant, then you are going to be in awe after you have read this post! Today I am going to share a unique, delicious, stir-fry style eggplant recipe with you. It is simple, tasteful, and a perfect way to satisfy your eggplant craving.

Chinese Eggplant In Garlic Sauce is a famous and traditional dish that has its roots in Szechuan Cuisine. The cuisine is known for its heat and use of garlic. This garlic eggplant recipe is not only easy to make, but it is also very delicious. Try this recipe once, and you will keep coming back to it. That’s for sure!

Baby Eggplant Coconut Curry

baby eggplant in coconut curry sauce

Flavorful Baby Eggplant Coconut Curry is so creamy and easy to prepare. Baby eggplants marinated with spices and cooked in a tasty seasoned creamy coconut sauce.

This Baby Eggplant Coconut Curry is so incredibly delicious! The baby eggplants melt in your mouth,  in every bite, there is the flavor of the aromatic coconut curry sauce. This curry is vegan, gluten-free, and delicious.

Eggplant Chickpea Curry

eggplant chickpea curry in a saucepan on a grey background

Eggplant Chickpea Curry is vegan, gluten-free, rich, creamy, flavorsome, and very healthy. It is made with eggplant, chickpeas and the gravy comes from creamy coconut milk. This curry is jam-packed with flavor and aroma from Caribbean spices like a scotch bonnet, thyme, paprika, etc.

Curries are luscious, and despite the complexity of flavors, they are very easy to make. The same goes for this eggplant curry. It is very effortless to make, and you can get it on a plate in no more them 45 to 50 minutes. Despite being vegan, this curry is so flavorsome that it is equally loved by non-vegans.

The unique combination of eggplants and chickpea make this curry stand out from the other vegetable curries. You can serve it with rice or flatbread and enjoy it!

Vegan Jamaican Rundown

vegan Jamaican rundown with dumplings and green banana in a white plat

Jamaican Vegan Run Down is a delicious version of the very popular Jamaican dish. The results are mindblowing and taste so authentic, you and your family will just fall in love!

This dish is traditionally prepared with salted mackerel (pickled) and cooked in seasoned coconut sauce. Coconut milk is traditionally freshly prepared and cooked until the milk is reduced to a sweet custard.

The results were fantastic and I felt like a child again. It was creamy,  indulgent with a perfect exotic flavor!

When I tell you I feel like I have hit the jackpot even though I don’t gamble believe me that’s how I feel!

The idea for this dish came as the question came to my mind, “what if I use eggplant to replicate mackerel in our traditional rundown recipe?”

You see eggplant has similar characteristics of mackerel, it has a smooth shiny skin and a flesh that softens when cooked.

Jamaican Eggplant Curry

Jamaican eggplant curry

Enjoy Jamaican Style Eggplant Curry that is flavorful, healthy, easy to prepare using traditional Jamaican herbs, and spices. 

For this recipe, we prefer to use an “Indian-style curry powder” a term I believe is used in Jamaica for Garam Masala. The difference between this powder and traditional Jamaican curry powder is that it is roasted spices without turmeric, and is darker in color.

Jerk Broiled Eggplant

jerk broiled eggplant over rice and peas in a grey plate on a white marbled background

I love cooking vegetables in new and inventive ways. With recipes as quick and easy as this Broiled Eggplant, there are no excuses for boring food! Serve with one of my rice, quinoa, or pasta dishes for a deliciously nutritious dinner.

Broiled Eggplant, made with a Jamaican jerk marinade, is a delicious vegan take on steaks. Spiced up with the famous jerk seasoning, these eggplants are broiled in the oven until they reach perfection.

Whether it’s a lunch date or a dinner party, try these flavorsome, healthy, and vegan jerk eggplants! I bet you won’t be able to get enough of the Jamaican flavor.

Fried Eggplant

battered and fried eggplant in a white bowl on a wooden background

Delicious vegan Fried Eggplant, with a crunchy gluten-free batter, can be used as a healthy filling for all of your favorite sandwiches and wraps.

At one of our local grocery stores, gorgeous large eggplants have been on sale for $1 each. Of course, as someone who loves eggplant cooked in a lot of different ways, I had to pick a few up.

Eggplant makes a delicious filling for sandwiches and wraps. It is low-calorie while being a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, when frying or baking, it will become very soft.

This works in our favor if you add a good batter. While we all love a good crunch, sometimes a sandwich can be a little too dry; when you have the perfect melt in your mouth but crispy fried eggplant, this problem is eliminated. 

Air Fryer Eggplant

air fryer eggplant in a blue plate on a grey background

I love taking veggies and making them into snacks, and I love air frying anything I can. This Air Fryer Eggplant is both of those, and is delicious!

Everyone enjoys a colorful plate, the more colors you add the healthier it becomes. Garnishing adds colors and turns it into a tooth-some treat for kids. Feel free to experiment with different kinds of garnishing.

Also, feel free to double the quantity for additional servings. The above-mentioned quantity of ingredients can vary as per the number of people.

As the dish is filled with healthy carbs and protein, it is also an amazing post-workout meal, to replenish your body without gaining any serious calories.

Eggplant Stir-Fry

eggplant stir fry in a cast iron skillet on a white marbled background

Eggplant stir-fry is a delicious stir-fry made with eggplants, vegetables, and drenched in the umami flavors of tamari. It is tasteful, vegan, gluten-free, and a perfect choice for every occasion.

When you hear the word stir-fry, the first thing that comes to your mind would be Chinese. And why not! It is an authentic Chinese concept. A stir-fry is actually a cooking technique that has been used in Chinese cuisine since ancient times. The technique is about the cooking of sautéing ingredients in oil at a high flame in a wok. This way, the ingredients are glossy and cooked to perfection.

So when we say eggplant stir-fry, it clearly means cooking eggplant using the traditional Chinese technique. However, eggplant is a tough vegetable, and to save time and for added convenience, we are going to cook it beforehand and then combine it with other ingredients in a wok or skillet.

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

vegan eggplant parmesan

This flavorful Vegan Eggplant Parmesan is the dairy-free version of the classic Italian eggplant parmesan., made with baked eggplant cutlets, vegan cheese, and tomato sauce. 

Vegan eggplant parmigiana is the vegan take on the traditional dish while keeping the delicious flavors that make it such a family favorite. So, if you are looking for a dairy-free version of this Italian dish, you don’t have to look anywhere else.

Vegan Stuffed Eggplant

vegan stuffed eggplant on a white plate

Vegan Stuffed Eggplant with onion, garlic, tomatoes, and fresh basil then topped with vegan cheese is a simple yet flavorful meatless dish.

My friend Phyllis inspired me to make this dish, who shared with me her love for stuffed eggplant.

Her recipe that she shared with me was a vegetarian stuffed eggplant, made with rice and feta cheese.

The result was simply delicious, I also topped with vegan shredded cheese because I had some on hand. But the dish tastes perfectly fine without it.

Eggplant Pizza Bites

vegan pizza bites on a parchment paper

These Eggplant Pizza Bites are the perfect and satisfying way to enjoy eggplant. They are flavorful, breaded with a delicious and crunchy breading, and topped with fresh veggies and an almond cashew cheese sauce!

Who doesn’t love pizza? Now you can enjoy pizza without the dough! These healthy pizza cutlets, topped with vegan almond cheese sauce, grape tomatoes, artichokes, and basil leaves, are the perfect vegan appetizers to serve to your guests.

Eggplant Lima Bean Stew

eggplant lima bean stew on a white plate on a white background

This flavorful Eggplant Stew recipe is one of the easiest eggplant recipes ever. It can be served with rice or quinoa.

ThisVegan Eggplant Stew is dedicated to all my readers experiencing the cold weather. I decided to make a  Caribbean Eggplant Stew that is hearty, comforting, warm, and a flavor bomb!

This vegan stew recipe is extremely easy and cheap to prepare and so delicious. I made a large pot of stew and had leftovers after serving it for dinner. 

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