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Recipe

Oven-Roasted Eggplant

Scott Phillips

Servings: 2 as a side dish; yields 2 cups roasted flesh

This simple eggplant preparation is one of the best—as easy and delicious as grilling. Roast small Italian eggplant as a versatile side dish and drizzle with lemon or your favorite vinaigrette. Or roast larger globe eggplant and use the flesh in other recipes like pastas, soups, or starters (my favorite is the Eggplant Caviar).

Get inspired: View a collection of roasted eggplant recipes or a slideshow of some of our all-time favorite eggplant recipes.

Video: Watch this Oven-Roasted Eggplant recipe in action.

More Eggplant Basics: Learn more ways to cook eggplant to tender, silky perfection and watch a video to learn how to grill eggplant without charring.Then, try out one of these simple grilled recipes:

Basic Grilled Eggplant
Grilled Eggplant Stacks with Pesto & Mozzarella
Grilled Eggplant Sandwich
Spaghetti with Grilled Eggplant, Tomato & Onion

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb. eggplant (about 2 globe or 4 Italian)
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 to 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Lemon wedges or a vinaigrette for serving (optional)

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size based on two servings
      Calories (kcal) : 220
      Fat Calories (kcal): 130
      Fat (g): 14
      Saturated Fat (g): 2
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
      Cholesterol (mg): 0
      Sodium (mg): 970
      Carbohydrates (g): 23
      Fiber (g): 9
      Protein (g): 4

Preparation

  • Wipe the eggplant clean and slice them in half lengthwise. With the tip of a knife, score the flesh deeply in a diamond cross-hatch pattern by making two or three long cuts, cutting at a steep angle, and then rotating the eggplant to make another set of similar cuts. Press on the edges of the halves to open the cuts and sprinkle salt (1 to 1-1/2 tsp. total for all the halves) over the surface and into the cuts. Set aside, cut side up, for 30 min. Heat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Over the sink, gently squeeze the eggplant to extract the salty juice and wipe them dry with a paper towel. Brush each half thoroughly with olive oil (about 1 tsp. per half for Italian eggplant, 2 tsp. per half for globe). Arrange each half, cut side down, on top of a sprig or two of thyme on the baking sheet. Roast for 1 hour. The eggplant will collapse and the bottoms will be a deep brown caramel color. Let cool considerably before handling, at least 20 min. Gently turn the cut side up. If serving as a side dish, serve with a lemon wedge for squeezing or drizzle with vinaigrette. If using in other recipes, scoop the flesh from the skin with a spoon.

Tip

Salt first for less oily eggplant. Eggplant soaks up oil like a sponge, but you can reduce its ability to absorb oil by salting the cut flesh and letting it sit for 30 min. or more. Then drain, pat dry, and proceed with cooking.

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    SueCron | 07/11/2016

    Fantastic and so simple. Think eggplant custard! Silky texture is out of this world.

  • cookingannie | 03/20/2016

    Love it. I'm making it right now for the 5th time. So easy and so good!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AngelBaby2006 | 11/24/2015

    LOVE LOVE LOVE ...Best eggplant I've ever eaten!!!! Will be making this every week! Thanks!!

  • Lilikoi2015 | 10/28/2015

    It was perfect! I had tried to roast eggplant before and had given up because it never tasted right. This recipe was simple and easy to follow, and the result was delicious!Thank you

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