Eggplant recipes (because everyone loves eggplant) (2024)

From pasta to parmigiana, curries to stir-fries, now's a better time than any to put eggplant on the menu.

Jan 27, 2023 1:56am

Luckily for us, eggplants have a long season in Australia so there are plenty of opportunities to work them into your culinary repertoire. Unleash the vegetable's smoky, earthy flavours in a charred eggplant dip (we have three variations), or in our barbecued eggplant salad with goat's curd, mint and pomegranate.

For longer cook times, the Sichuanese fish-fragrant eggplant braise swill have your lips tingling with lingering spice, while the impossibly soft eggplant parmigiana looks impressive, and tastes just so. Need a quick fix for your eggplant recipe cravings? We recommend the eggplant stir-fry with tamarind, or the stew of okra, turmeric and eggplant. Come picnic season, we make a bee-line for Danielle Alvarez's summer vegetable tian (featuring eggplant, of course).

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Carrot and chilli fritters with eggplant pickle and yoghurt

Photo: James Moffatt

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Harissa-roasted lamb rump with pomegranate and eggplant

Photo: James Moffatt

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Palisa Anderson's gaeng keow wan gai (Thai green chicken curry)

Photo: Kara Rosenlund

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Eggplant and pineapple curry

Photo: John Paul Urizar

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Smoky eggplant with sumac onions

Photo: Alicia Taylor

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Dainty Sichuan's fish-fragrant eggplant (yu xiang qie zi)

Photo: Mark Roper

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Smoky eggplant and capsicum dip with pita bread

Photo: Will Horner

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Tony Tan's eggplant and broad beans with soy-sesame dressing

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Dry curry of lamb and eggplant

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Good Luck Pinbone's Sichuan chilli eggplant with wood-ear fungus

Photo: Ben Hansen

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Capitano's caponata

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Barbecued eggplant salad with goat's curd, mint and pomegranate

Photo: James Moffatt

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Hanuman's eggplant pachadi

Photo: William Meppem

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Calamari with spiced eggplant

Photo: Will Horner

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Dandelion's Hmong spicy eggplant mash

Photo: Sharyn Cairns

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Bone marrow with pickled eggplant salad

Photo: William Meppem

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Pork and eggplant salad with salted chilli

Photo: William Meppem

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Brent Savage's coal-roasted eggplant with black garlic

Photo: Alicia Taylor

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Sichuan braised eggplant

Photo: Mikkel Vang

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Photo: William Meppem

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Spiced lamb with eggplant salad

Photo: William Meppem

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Lau's Family Kitchen's eggplant stuffed with taro

Photo: Con Poulos

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Roast eggplant, 'nduja and scamorza

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Analiese Gregory's flatbread with miso eggplant and urchin

Photo: Adam Gibson

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Victor Liong's grilled eggplant with sesame, cumin and chilli

Photo: Alicia Taylor

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Shane Delia's poached chicken salad with harissa, eggplant, spring onion and tahini

Photo: Rob Shaw

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Charred prawns, eggplant and chickpeas with roast tomato vinaigrette

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Burrata with char-grilled eggplant

Photo: Prue Ruscoe

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Eggplant, tofu and sugarsnap peas with ginger and soy dressing

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Grilled eggplant salad with lentils and sesame yoghurt

Photo: Prue Ruscoe

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Longsong's eggplant salad with shallots and salted ricotta

Photo: Mark Roper

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Palisa Anderson's yum makeua (grilled eggplant salad with prawns)

Photo: Kara Rosenlun

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Smoky eggplant and walnut dip

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Blue Nile's Ethiopian eggplant dip

Photo: John Paul Urizar

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Charred miso eggplant with nori and sesame

Photo: Chris Chen

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Chickpeas with steamed eggplant and almonds

Photo: Aimee Jones

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Quick okra, eggplant and turmeric stew

Photo: William Meppem

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Christine Manfield's eggplant sandwich

Photo: William Meppem

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Prime-rib minute steak, spiced eggplant and lemon couscous

Photo: Mark Roper

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Eggplant zaalouk

Photo: William Meppem

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Eggplant parma jaffles

Photo: Dean Wilmot

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Stir-fried eggplant with sweet tamarind sauce

Photo: Chris Court

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Dan Hong's crisp eggplant with fish-fragrant sauce

Photo: Jason Loucas

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Roast eggplant, tomato and basil spelt pasta

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Papoutsakia

Photo: Prue Ruscoe

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Danielle Alvarez's summer vegetable tian

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Eggplant parmigiana

Photo: William Meppem

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Miznon's eggplant lines

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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Burnt honey and teriyaki Japanese eggplant

Photo: Ben Dearnley

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