20 Mouth-watering Eggplant Recipes to have for dinner

Whether you are looking for meatless dinner recipes or just love eggplant, this collection of vegetarian and meaty eggplant recipes will give you inspiration for your next dinner menu!

I seem to have an affinity for all those frequently-unloved vegetables like okra, Brussels sprouts, and eggplant. Eggplant usually makes a fairly regular appearance on my table, but I’ve been on an unintentional eggplant hiatus for a little while. 

This week I brought it back for the first Friday of Lent by making one of my old recipes for grilled balsamic eggplant stacks, and I was reminded just how much I love this unique vegetable!

With its dense and spongy texture, it’s almost meaty (making an excellent main ingredient for dinner on days you want to go meatless), and it takes on just about any flavor profile beautifully!

Like any vegetable, eggplant can get watery and fall apart if it’s overcooked, but as long as you keep it “al dente” it’s quite a treat!

To celebrate my love of eggplant, I’ve put together a collection of recipes — both with meat and meatless — that feature eggplant as a main ingredient. I love how many different countries’ cuisines are represented in this roundup! Just goes to show how versatile it really is. There are several recipes on here in my regular rotation and so many more on my list I want to try right now!

I hope you’ll find your next favorite eggplant dinner recipe here!

Eggplant dinner recipes with meat

Meatless eggplant recipes for dinner

Whether you are vegetarian, do meatless Mondays or need meatless meals for Lent, or just love eggplant as much as I do, you'll love these meatless eggplant dinner recipes!

My shopping list for next week is eggplant, eggplant, and more eggplant! I can’t wait to try so many of the mouth-watering recipes on this list and I hope you will too! 

What’s your favorite way to prepare eggplant? Let me know in the comments!

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