Healthy Eggplant Recipes

Find healthy, delicious eggplant recipes including baked, roasted, grilled and stuffed eggplant. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
Here we bake breaded eggplant for crispy results with fewer calories to boot. This makeover of the classic eggplant Parmesan recipe was originally developed by our Test Kitchen in 1995 and got an update in 2020 for our 30th anniversary issue.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Baked Cavatelli Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This easy to make, comforting dish will keep you warm on a cold day.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Summer Vegetable Gnocchi Salad

Rating: 5 stars 4
This riff on pasta salad is best served warm while the gnocchi are nice and tender. Plus, the grilled veggies taste extra-good fresh off the fire in this easy gnocchi recipe.
By Devon O'Brien

Greek Stuffed Eggplant

Rating: 5 stars 5
This Greek-inspired stuffed eggplant is filled with veggies and flavors of the Mediterranean. The dish is easy to pull together and the addition of cumin gives it a sweet, earthy note.
By Ali Ramee

Cheesy Roasted Eggplant Skillet Casserole

Rating: 2 stars 1
Layers of tender eggplant, creamy white beans, ricotta and marinara combine to create a flavorful skillet casserole. Serve this hearty casserole directly from the skillet for a fun presentation. Pair with a side salad for a complete meal.
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By Wendy Lopez

Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 6
This cheesy baked eggplant Parmesan has no breading, which means it's easier to make than the traditional version. There's no dredging or frying—instead, the eggplant is roasted until tender before being layered in the casserole dish with a tangy homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. And without breading, this satisfying eggplant Parmesan is also gluten-free!
By Carolyn Casner

Tamari-Ginger Meatball & Eggplant Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Eggplant soaks up the flavors of ginger, garlic and tamari in this Asian-inspired casserole recipe. A hot pepper in the topping adds a bit of heat, but opt for sweet if you prefer.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Eggplant Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 2
This layered casserole is inspired by classic cheese enchiladas and you'd never guess that within this comforting casserole hides a layer of thinly sliced eggplant.
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By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Lemon-Herb Salmon with Caponata & Farro

Rating: 5 stars 8
Dig into your farmers' market haul to cook this colorful and healthy Mediterranean diet dinner recipe that's packed with vegetables. Feel free to swap in any vegetables or cook up another whole grain, such as brown rice. Serve with a glass of your favorite red wine.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Air-Fryer Eggplant

Rating: 4 stars 1
This air-fryer eggplant is crispy on the outside with a tender middle. You can fit more slices in the basket when you use smaller eggplant. Dip these crispy slices in marinara or pesto, or drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Cheesy Eggplant Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
This cheesy eggplant casserole has a light custard with deliciously tender and flavorful summer vegetables and fresh herbs. The cheese makes this easy dish creamy and decadent. Enjoy it for brunch or dinner with a green salad on the side.
By Julia Levy

Eggplant Meatballs

Rating: 3 stars 1
These eggplant meatballs are a creative way to enjoy eggplant! They are packed with savory flavors that are sure to please just about everyone. Cooking the eggplant prior to forming the vegetarian meatballs is a quick way to release moisture to help hold them together.
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin

Inspiration and Ideas

15 Easy Eggplant Recipes
These easy eggplant recipes are a delicious choice for dinner this week. Whether it's a side dish or the main attraction, these dishes only take 30 minutes of active cooking time and highlight the versatility of the vegetable. You can throw it on the grill, add it to a stir-fry or roast it in the oven for an easy weeknight meal. Recipes like Hasselback Eggplant Parmesan and Easy Eggplant Stir-Fry are healthy, filling and will make eggplant your new favorite vegetable.
11 Vegan Eggplant Recipes
These vegan eggplant recipes make the most of this versatile vegetable. In these side and main dish recipes, we make eggplant on the grill, in the oven and on the stove. Eggplant absorbs other flavors easily, so any flavor combination you try will be delicious. Recipes like Grilled Eggplant Salad and Vegan Eggplant Parmesan are healthy, filling and a great way to eat your vegetables.
Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Pasta
Rating: 4.5 stars 6

The combination of slightly smoky grilled eggplant and sweet tomatoes is delightful. The eggplant-tomato mixture served over whole-wheat pasta with fresh basil and a bit of salty cheese makes an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.