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.

Staff Picks

Easy Eggplant Stir-Fry

Rating: 5 stars 3
This eggplant stir-fry is easy to make. We call for long and tender Japanese eggplant, but regular eggplant will work well too, cut into 1-inch pieces. Jalapeño peppers can vary from mild to very spicy. If you need to cut the heat, opt for small sweet peppers in their place.

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

EatingWell's Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 32
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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Eggplant Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 2
This layered casserole is inspired by classic cheese enchiladas, minus the fuss of rolling and stuffing individual tortillas. You'd never guess that within this comforting Tex-Mex casserole hides a layer of thinly sliced eggplant. The thin slices become tender when roasted and add a subtle savory note.
Joyce Hendley, M.S.
By Joyce Hendley, M.S.

Greek Stuffed Eggplant

Rating: 5 stars 3
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.

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.

Eggplant Schnitzel with Plum Slaw

Sesame seeds add another layer of flavor to the coating on these crispy eggplant slices. If plums aren't in season, try another stone fruit for sweetness. Tomatoes are another good alternative.
By Adeena Sussman

Air-Fryer Eggplant

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.
By Hilary Meyer

Cheesy Polenta with Roasted Eggplant & Red Pepper Sauce

This hearty vegetarian main dish features tender eggplant, cheesy polenta and a roasted red pepper sauce. It's perfect for entertaining friends and family who are eating more plant-based meals.
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Eggplant & Chickpea Baked Pasta

Rating: 3 stars 4
Turn leftover Eggplant & Chickpea Stew into a comforting vegetarian baked-pasta dish. We love the taste of mint with the other Mediterranean-inspired flavors, but you can use parsley or basil if you prefer.
By Judith Finlayson

French Ratatouille

Ratatouille, a classic French dish with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bell pepper and onion, is frequently cooked low and slow until it turns silky and luscious. We kept the classic flavor but gave it a makeover by thinly slicing the vegetables and layering them in a cast-iron pan. We brighten up the flavor at the end with a splash of red-wine vinegar.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

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.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
Rating: 5 stars 4

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!