Roasted Eggplant with Lemon


This simple recipe for roasted eggplant with lemon is both tangy and savory and is a delicious side dish to pair with chicken or salmon. In addition to lemon, we season the eggplant with salt, pepper and the herbal, nutty flavor of za'atar. Za'atar is a seasoning blend that typically contains oregano and thyme (or similar herbs); sumac, which has a pleasant citrus flavor; and toasted sesame seeds. Chili powder, coriander and cumin may also be included in some za'atar blends.

Roasted Eggplant with Lemon
Photo: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Margaret Monroe Dickey
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 large eggplant (2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 teaspoon za'atar (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss eggplant with oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and za'atar, if desired, in a medium bowl until combined. Spread in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Flip the eggplant pieces and continue roasting until browned, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
11g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 54IU 1%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 52mcg 13%
Vitamin K 8mcg 7%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 33mg 8%
Potassium 535mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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