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Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs

Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs is a delicious way to cook eggplant, and even eggplant avoiders will enjoy this recipe! 

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Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs finished dish on baking sheet

Are you an eggplant lover or an eggplant avoider? It was clear back in 2007 that I celebrated The Summer of Eggplant, since that was the year I discovered grilled eggplant and this Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs was one of the earliest eggplant recipes I made where I absolutely loved eggplant. 

And grilling season is winding down, so today I’m featuring this for Friday Favorites to encourage you to try it! I’ve been a grilled eggplant lover for many years now, and this is my eggplant mantra: If you think you don’t like eggplant, give grilled eggplant a chance! We absolutely loved the eggplant + Feta combination in this tasty version of grilled eggplant that also has a flavorful sauce and fresh herbs.

The original recipe just used one globe eggplant, but when we updated the photos we couldn’t resist doubling it, and the leftovers were still tasty even after they’d been in the fridge. Feel free to cut the amounts in half if this is more grilled eggplant than will get eaten at your house! If you like Feta and fresh herbs, please try this tasty grilled eggplant dish; I bet you’ll like it!

What if you don’t have an outdoor grill?

You can definitely cook this delicious eggplant on a stove-top grilling pan or inside a George Foreman Grill if it’s not grilling weather or you don’t have an outside grill! (affiliate links)

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Herbs process shots collage

How to Make Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs:

(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Cut the ends off the eggplant and cut into slices about 3/4 inch thick.
  2. Grilled eggplant doesn’t really have to be salted, so feel free to skip that step if you’d like. But we salted it and let it sit about 20 minutes on the first side, then another 20 minutes on the second side. Wipe off the excess salt with paper towels; that removes some of the salt too.
  3. While the eggplant sits chop up the mint and cilantro (or fresh herb combination of your choice). Then buzz together minced garlic, salt, fresh lemon juice, and minced red onion in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and let it sit for about 10 minutes; then stir in ground cumin, Aleppo Pepper (affiliate link) or Cayenne, Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all purpose seasoning blend, and whisk in olive oil to make the vinaigrette. Crumble the desired amount of Feta cheese (and a little more Feta definitely won’t hurt!)
  4. Brush the eggplant with olive oil on both sides and preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  5. If you want those nice criss-cross grill marks, grill the eggplant about 3-4 minutes on the first side and then lift the edge to see if the grill marks are dark enough.
  6. When they are, rotate each piece of eggplant and cook about 3-4 minutes more.
  7. Turn eggplant over and cook 3-4 minutes more on the second side, or until it’s done to your liking.
  8. Arrange eggplant on a tray (or just use a baking sheet like we did), drizzle with garlic-cumin vinaigrette, and sprinkle with crumbled feta and herbs.
  9. Serve right away and wait for compliments!
  10. Leftover eggplant can be refrigerated overnight and reheated. The reheating will melt the cheese and wilt the herbs a bit, which I didn’t really mind, but refrigerate the eggplant, herbs, and sauce separately if you know there will be leftovers.

Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs close-up photo

Make it a Meal:

This grilled eggplant would be great for a low-carb meatless dish, but if you wanted to serve it as a side dish it would taste great withGrilled Fusion Chicken or Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic, Rosemary, and Thyme for a low-carb meal.

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Tomato, Eggplant, Zucchini Bake ~ Well Plated
Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt and Za’atar ~ Foolproof Living
Roasted Eggplant with Mediterranean Salsa ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Baby Eggplant with Caponata Sauce ~ Steamy Kitchen
Garlic-Lover’s Vegetable Stir Fry ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spicy Roasted Eggplant and Cherry Tomatoes ~ BellyFull

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Herbs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes

Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs is a delicious way to cook eggplant that even eggplant avoiders will enjoy!

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggplants, cut in uniform slices 3/4 inch thick
  • 2 tsp. salt, for salting eggplant (see notes)
  • 2 T olive oil, for brushing on eggplant
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta (or more)

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. garlic puree or finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 T fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T red onion, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin (or a little more if you really like cumin)
  • generous pinch Aleppo Pepper (or use cayenne pepper)
  • 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional, but recommended; use any all-purpose seasoning if you don't have Spike)
  • 6 T extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut both ends off the eggplants and cut into slices 3/4 inches thick.
  2. If you're salting the eggplant, lay it out on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let the eggplant sit about 20 minutes, or until you see beads of water released.
  3. Then turn over and sprinkle with salt and let sit about 20 minutes more on the second side.
  4. When you've turned the eggplant over and salted it the second time, start to preheat gas or charcoal barbecue grill to medium high. (You can only hold your hand there for 2-3 seconds at that heat.)
  5. While eggplant sits, put garlic, salt, lemon juice, and shallots or red onion into food processor fitted with steel blade, pulse until all ingredients are well combined, then let sit for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, put mixture in small bowl, stir in ground cumin, Aleppo Pepper (affiliate link) or a slightly smaller amount of Cayenne, and Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all purpose seasoning blend, then whisk in olive oil.
  6. Wash fresh herbs in a salad spinner if needed and finely chop with a large knife. Crumble Feta into a small bowl.
  7. After eggplant has been sitting with salt for the second 20 minutes, wipe the water (and salt) away from the eggplant with dry paper towel and put it on a baking sheet.
  8. Brush eggplant with olive oil on both sides.
  9. Lay eggplant slices on the grill. If you want criss-cross grill marks, grill the eggplant about 3-4 minutes on the first side, then lift up the edge to see if the grill marks are dark enough. When you see good grill marks, rotate each piece of eggplant and cook about 3-4 minutes more.
  10. Turn eggplant over and cook 3-4 minutes more on the second side, or until it's done to your liking.
  11. Arrange eggplant on a serving tray or baking sheet, drizzle with garlic-cumin vinaigrette, and sprinkle with crumbled feta and herbs.

Notes

Grilled Eggplant doesn't have to be salted if you want to skip that step. Most of the salt is wiped off, so don't worry about it being too salty. Use any combination of fresh herbs that you prefer.

This recipe was adapted from Fine Cooking magazine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11.6gCholesterol: 8.3mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4.4gSugar: 6.2gProtein: 2.9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled eggplant with Garlic Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Herbs would be a perfect main dish or side dish for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or any other type of low-carb eating plan (but not Keto). Eggplant does have some carbs, but it also has fiber.

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
I first made this tasty grilled eggplant in 2007! The recipe was updated with better photos in 2018 and last updated September 2020.

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    32 Comments on “Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs”

  1. Oh my goodness these look to die for I never know what to do with eggplant

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  3. This was fabulous,  I wasn’t paying attention and added the chopped herbs to the vinaigrette.   Still delicious even the next day!   Thanks Kalyn. 

  4. Made this yesterday with farm fresh eggplant. As suggested,and since I have oregano and basil in abundance on my patio, that’s what I used. SOOO delicious!. Just choose your favorite herbs and dive in!

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  6. Kalyn, thank you for this delicious recipe! I served it as an appetizer, and my guests loved it! Much love from Germany

  7. We made your grilled eggplant recipe last night. Excellent! Used cilantro and mint as I had some on hand and wanted to use it before it spoiled. The vinaigrette was so delicious and was just the right amount for us. It tasted so fresh. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  10. These sound and look awesome Kalyn! Can’t wait to try them!

  11. I actually have to give credit to a friend for finding this recipe. He made this appetizer for a Mediterranean Feast a few of our friends cooked up a few weeks ago. The eggplant takes very little time to make and tastes so refreshing with the vinaigrette and herbs

  12. What a great use of eggplant!

  13. Lillian, so glad you enjoyed it!

  14. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I made it with a few modifications and was very impressed. Everybody licked their plates clean! Thanks for the great idea.

  15. I adore feta with vegetables so I’m sure to love this! It looks absolutely beautiful Kalyn.

  16. Yes, that first eggplant of yours is fabulous!
    I’ve been loving eggplant for years and this recipe looks lovely but will have to wait til I’m home where my aleppo pepper is!

  17. Kalyn, I tried your grilled eggplant recipe for a number of times already… It is really fabulous!

  18. Those look so lovely. Feta must be fabulous with those herbs.

  19. CC, next year I am definitely planting more eggplant. I only got three from my one plant. It was in the back of my garden where the fence shades it part of the day and I think a sunnier spot would have been better. (The eggplant was kind of an afterthought!) Now I’m hooked so I’m just buying them at the farmer’s market.

  20. This is my first year growing eggplant. I think we’ll get a total of seven globes off one plant. Not a lot, but THANKS for the recipe and links. (I’m wild about Ilva’s idea.)