Spicy Grilled Eggplant (Video)
This Spicy Grilled Eggplant is a perfect summer side dish for anything that’s cooked on the grill and red pepper sauce, parsley, and mint add to the flavor!
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Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint!
I first made this Spicy Grilled Eggplant when I had a garden that was overflowing with eggplant, and I made it every summer for a while when I was growing eggplant. My brother Rand must have been visiting Utah regularly in those days, because this got to be his favorite way to cook eggplant, and he’d tell me he was making it it over and over!
Now fast forward a few years, and since then I’ve had an eggplant recipe that became one of the most popular recipes on my blog. But sadly I had to buy eggplant at the store to make this favorite grilled eggplant again so I could take new photos. Next year I really want to try growing eggplant in the garden again!
You’ll want to adjust the amount of spicy red pepper to your personal preference, and the one teaspoon of Aleppo pepper (affiliate link) I used in the original recipe is pretty spicy for me now. Maybe it’s because I had fresh Aleppo Pepper that I bought in Istanbul! You can also use regular red pepper flakes, or use a smaller amount of Cayenne Pepper (affiliate link).
Of course this spicy grilled eggplant is perfect for Meatless Monday, but this spicy eggplant is also a fabulous side dish for anything cooked on the grill! I know eggplant is a tough sell for some people, but for years I’ve been saying give grilled eggplant a chance, and I promise that this spicy eggplant is really delicious.
How to Make Spicy Grilled Eggplant:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Cut the eggplant into slices about 3/4 inches thick; lay the slices out on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and let water drain out for about 20 minutes.
- Then turn the eggplant over, salt the other side, and let more water drain out.
- Then press down on the eggplant pieces with paper towel to absorb the liquid.
- While the eggplant drains, chop the mint and parsley, and mix the spicy sauce.
- Preheat the grill to medium high, and brush both sides of the eggplant slices with a little olive oil.
- Grill eggplant pieces about 4-5 minutes per side, rotating them after a few minutes if you want to get those criss-cross grill marks.
- When the eggplant is done, put in a glass baking dish and spoon a little sauce over each piece. Let the eggplant sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb the sauce.
- Serve warm or room temperature, sprinkled with the chopped mint and parsley.
Make it a Meal:
This would be great with Effie’s Easy and Amazing Cottage Cheese Salad with Za’atar for a low-carb meatless meal. Or just serve with Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and Mary’s Perfect Salad for a light low-carb meal.
More Delicious Recipes for Eggplant:
Spicy Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad with Thai Flavors ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Grilled Eggplant Stacks with Tomato, Feta, and Basil ~ The Garden of Eating
Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Caponata ~ David Lebovitz
You can also use or 2 small eggplants or 2-3 long Asian eggplants. Asian eggplants don't need to be salted. Cut Asian eggplant on the diagonal to get bigger slices. You can use all mint or parsley if you don’t have both, and you can use more herbs if you prefer. Use whatever kind of red pepper flakes you have. I would start with a small amount and taste before you add all the red pepper. Adapted from a recipe in Williams-Sonoma Complete Grilling Cookbook.
Spicy Sauce Ingredients
Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 11.5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1140mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4.7gSugar: 5.61.7g
You can also use or 2 small eggplants or 2-3 long Asian eggplants. Asian eggplants don't need to be salted. Cut Asian eggplant on the diagonal to get bigger slices. You can use all mint or parsley if you don’t have both, and you can use more herbs if you prefer. Use whatever kind of red pepper flakes you have. I would start with a small amount and taste before you add all the red pepper.
Adapted from a recipe in Williams-Sonoma Complete Grilling Cookbook.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Spicy Grilled Eggplant is a good side dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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