In season - 30 eggplant recipes

We've put together our top tips for preparing and enjoying this delicious ZeroPoint vegetable.
Published 26 March 2017 | Updated 19 April 2024
Lebanese stuffed eggplants

Top tips for buying and preparing eggplant

Eggplant is a versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes such as dips, stews, curries, and salads. Here are some additional tips to help you buy and prepare eggplant:

  • If you're unsure about the freshness of an eggplant, press the flesh with your thumb. If it springs back, it's fresh. If it leaves an indentation, it's not as fresh.
  • Store eggplant in the crisper section of your fridge. They’re best used within 3-4 days of purchase.
  • To reduce the bitterness of eggplant, sprinkle salt on the slices and let them sit for about 30 minutes. Rinse the slices and pat them dry before cooking.
  • If you're grilling or roasting eggplant, you can add some flavour by brushing it with a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey before cooking.
  • For a delicious side dish, try slicing eggplant into rounds, brushing with olive oil, and seasoning with salt and pepper. Roast in a 200°C oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and tender.
  • Eggplant can also be used as a substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes. Try using it in lasagna, moussaka, or stir-fries.
  • Eggplant works beautifully with Middle Eastern flavours such as cumin, paprika, coriander, lemon and garlic.
  • Eggplant flesh oxidises quickly (and turns brown), so it’s best to cut just before using to prevent discolouration.

In season during: Autumn.