Aubergine Recipes

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Aubergine recipes to make the most of this versatile ingredient, including authentic aubergine curry, vegetarian moussaka and Asian-style aubergine with miso and sesame.

Aubergine, or eggplant as it’s known in the US, is available all year round but is in season and at its best from May to October. It’s used as a vegetable, but is technically a fruit, just like tomatoes.

It’s a great ingredient for vegetarians or if you’re trying to eat healthier, as it’s fleshy and filling, as well as packed with nutrients. Make it easier to reach your recommended 5-a-day by trying our aubergine burger recipe, which swaps the meat patties for aubergine as a lighter vegetarian option, or use it fill a barbecue skewer, with alongside other vegetables or between chunks of lamb. Try spiced aubergine and tamarind rice to help cut down on carbs and eat more fresh produce at the same time.

You could also choose a classic crowdpleaser like aubergine Parmigiana, which layers slices of aubergine with a rich tomato sauce and cheese – as a tip, the longer you leave it the richer the taste becomes so it’ll be even better the next day. A chargrilled aubergine open sandwich with feta makes a quick and delicious party food that you can pass round easily.

How to pick the best aubergines? Look out for smooth, glossy aubergines with fresh-looking green stalks and a weighty feel and avoid any that are starting to shrink or pucker, unless you intend to eat it straight away.

How to store aubergine? It will keep in the salad drawer in the fridge for the best part of a week and you can freeze them too, so they are easy to put on your regular shopping list without getting bored, as there are so many ways to eat it.

Delicious Aubergine recipes

Aubergines, Mint and Raisin Caponata

Aubergines, Mint and Raisin Caponata

This recipe is based on the Sicilian aubergine dish, caponata. There are many variations, some include olives, carrots and even potatoes

Grilled Aubergine with Miso Sesame

Grilled Aubergine with Miso Sesame

This Japanese way with aubergines is quite delicious. The miso topping makes you more than you need but it's too fiddly to make less, but it freezes well

Aubergine Parmigiana

Aubergine Parmigiana

This takes a bit of time to assemble but it freezes well. Use vegetarian cheese if you're serving strict veggies.

Aubergine ‘Parmigiana’ with Roasted Tomato

Aubergine ‘Parmigiana’ with Roasted Tomato

Gennaro Contaldo's twist on this classic Italian dish is made with with stuffed tomatoes makes a scrumptious meat-free meal

Spiced Monkfish and Aubergine Purée with Green Olive Dressing

Spiced Monkfish and Aubergine Purée with Green Olive Dressing

Whenever you cook this spiced monkfish with aubergine purée, you should treat it like a piece of meat and allow it to rest and relax before serving

Aubergine, Veal and Yogurt Crumble

Aubergine, Veal and Yogurt Crumble

A lovely recipe for preparing veal alongside aubergine and yoghurt that you may not have tried before

Baked Miso Aubergine

Baked Miso Aubergine

Try this beautiful baked miso aubergine recipe perfect starter to any oriental meal

Spiced Aubergine and Tamarind Rice

Spiced Aubergine and Tamarind Rice

A delicous, hearty supper of spiced aubergine and tamarind rice you'll make again and again

Aubergine Burgers

Aubergine Burgers

Meaty aubergine makes for a tasty new take on the veggie burger

Vegetarian Moussaka

Vegetarian Moussaka

Chargrilling the aubergines gives this vegetarian moussaka a lovely smokey flavour and cuts down on the oil. Serve with a Greek salad and warm pitta bread

Grilled Aubergine Topped with Creamy Whey, Fried Onions, Garlic, Mint and Walnuts

Grilled Aubergine Topped with Creamy Whey, Fried Onions, Garlic, Mint and Walnuts

Grilled aubergine is made even more delicious with the addition of creamy whey, fried onions, garlice, mint and walnuts

Barbecued Mackerel with Baked Aubergines and Yogurt Dressing

Barbecued Mackerel with Baked Aubergines and Yogurt Dressing

Mackerel is a bargain buy of a fish – deliciously "meaty" and so good for you. It is complemented perfectly by the baked aubergine and yogurt dressing

Chargrilled Aubergine Sandwich with Feta

Chargrilled Aubergine Sandwich with Feta

You can cook the aubergines on the barbecue to give this recipe summer flavour

Smokey Aubergine Dip

Smokey Aubergine Dip

Delicious with crudités or toasted pittas, this aubergine dip recipe works really well with grilled chicken

Aubergine, Parma Ham and Mozzarella Gratin

Aubergine, Parma Ham and Mozzarella Gratin

This gratin is pure comfort food – the Parma ham can be left out if you're veggie