Our Best Eggplant Recipes

Make classic eggplant Parmesan, caponata, crispy stacked appetizers and more with these fan-favorite recipes.

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Eggplant Parmigiana

Filled with a trio of cheeses, a mouthwatering homemade red sauce and crispy fried eggplant rounds, Alex Guarnaschelli's vegetarian dish gives any meat-filled Parm a run for its money. She admits she'd eat this for her last meal on Earth — how can you argue with that?

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No-Fry Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Skip the messy process of frying eggplant and bake it on a sheet pan instead. The thick slices get the same crisp exterior and soft interior, but you'll use a lot less oil.

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One Sheet Crispy Eggplant Parm

Jeff Mauro throws together an easy and crispy eggplant Parmesan that can feed a dozen people. Best of all, it comes together in only 30 minutes.

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Mom's Stuffed Eggplant

If your mom didn't make stuffed eggplant for dinner when you were a kid, this recipe will make you really wish she had.

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Eggplant Parmesan Meatloaf

Giada De Laurentiis calls this her version of Italian comfort food. And when you're talking about baking a hearty meatloaf, layering it with crispy fried eggplant, then topping with tomato-basil marinara and mozzarella, we couldn't agree more.

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Eggplant Parmesan

The layers of eggplant, Parmesan, mozzarella and marinara in this dish are definitely crave-worthy, but you'll love the quick marinara so much we know you'll be making it again and again. You can keep it in the fridge for up to three days or store in the freezer for two months.

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Black Bean, Lentil and Eggplant Chili

Change up your chili routine by adding hearty lentils and eggplant cubes to the mix. The longer you let the chili simmer, the thicker it will get.

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Lightened Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan

This dish is also great as a sandwich. Simply place a chicken-and-eggplant stack in a toasted, soft whole-wheat hoagie.

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Eggplant Gratin

A mixture of ricotta, half-and-half, and Parmesan elevates Ina Garten's individual gratins to a superior level of creaminess.

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Roasted Eggplant Caponata

Ina roasts a whole eggplant for her flavorful caponata. Be sure to follow her advice and prick your eggplant all over with a fork before roasting — this will help keep the eggplant from exploding in your oven! Once the eggplant is cooked, the skin will peel off easily.

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Eggplant Parmigiana

If you've got the time, salt the eggplant and let it rest for about an hour before you start breading and frying. Salting the eggplant will help draw out the bitterness. Simply rinse the eggplant with cold water and dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel so your dish won't be extra salty.

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Eggplant Parmesan

Bobby Flay's Eggplant Parmesan is a 5-star winner, and reviewers agree there's a good reason: His roasted red pepper tomato sauce is an unbeatable complement to fried eggplant.

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Eggplant Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

Who says meatballs have to be made with meat? Not Melissa d'Arabian! After roasting, eggplant develops a meaty flavor that complements marinara sauce perfectly.

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Greek Grilled Eggplant Steaks

Married to a cattle rancher, Ree Drummond is no stranger to steak. But these Greek grilled eggplant steaks are meatless and so flavorful even diehard meat lovers will request them.

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Crispy Eggplant Parmesan

If you're not into frying, this recipe is for you — just bread and bake the eggplant to perfection. Once the slices are crispy, layer them with sauce and mozzarella, then broil till the cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Sausage and Eggplant Fusilli

This easy pasta dinner is as satisfying on a Wednesday as it is on a weekend with company. Sauteing diced eggplant alongside sweet Italian sausage gives the dish extra flavor and texture.

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Mini Eggplant Parmesan

Everything is better in mini form — even eggplant Parm. Giada's little crisps take only 35 minutes from start to finish, and they're amazing little appetizers guests can eat with one hand.

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Eggplant Parmesan Towers

Make each of Trisha Yearwood's eggplant-stacked towers individually, layering crispy fried eggplant with marinara, mozzarella and Parmesan. A fresh basil leaf on top at the end is the perfect finishing touch.

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Grilled Eggplant Parm

Grilled eggplant adds a surprisingly delicious flavor to Valerie Bertinelli's eggplant Parm, just when we thought the cheesy classic couldn't get any better.

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Eggplant Chips

Just one Japanese eggplant, a little cooking spray and a sprinkle of salt will give you crispy chips. We are you to eat just one!

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