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Garlic Roasted Eggplant

Garlic roasted eggplant is a family fave with eggplant slices infused with garlic oil. Make this easy side dish with just a few ingredients! We love the balance between the subtle sweetness of the eggplant and robust garlic, making it a delicious and satisfying addition to any meal. Whether served as a standalone dish or paired with other favorite dishes, garlic roasted eggplant is sure to please with its yummy flavors and textures.

Roasted eggplant strips with seasoning.

This recipe is for one eggplant, but I suggest making two at a time for a family of 4.  Roasting the eggplant brought out a nice caramely flavor and tasted great with the garlic oil I put on top.  The trick for any roasted veggies is to get those nice dark brown edges.

Garlic Roasted Eggplant! Delicious side dish idea with herbs and parmesan to top it off!

Benefits of roasting eggplant:

  • Roasting softens the eggplant’s flesh, giving it a creamy and buttery texture that’s incredibly satisfying. It transforms the often slightly bitter and chewy raw eggplant into a tender, melt-in-your-mouth experience.
  • Roasting eggplant enhances its natural sweetness and brings out deep, smoky flavors. The caramelization that occurs during roasting adds a wonderful depth and complexity to its taste.
  • Roasting an eggplant brings out a nice caramely flavor and tastes great with garlic oil like in this recipe.
Garlic Roasted Eggplant! Perfectly roasted eggplant infused with garlic and topped with parmesan and herbs. Simple dinnier side dish.

The garlic oil also gives such a nice flavor to the whole dish. I like using pre-made garlic oil, but you can also make your own. To make your own garlic oil just combine 1 tsp. garlic powder and 2 Tbsp. of olive oil.

Tips for the best tasting roasted eggplant:

  1. Choose the Right Eggplant: Look for eggplants that are firm, glossy, and free from blemishes. Smaller eggplants tend to have fewer seeds and a milder flavor.
  2. Prep and Salt: To reduce bitterness and excess moisture, slice the eggplant into your desired shape (cubes, slices, or halves), and sprinkle them with salt. Let them sit for about 20-30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Consider the Peel: You can choose to peel the eggplant before roasting or leave the skin on. Leaving the skin on can add a slightly smoky flavor and a bit of texture to your dish. Some people don’t like the bitter taste of the peel, though.
  4. Preheat Your Oven: Ensure your oven is preheated to the desired temperature (usually around 400-425°F or 200-220°C) before roasting. A well-preheated oven helps achieve that desirable caramelization.
  5. Use High Heat: Roasting at a higher temperature allows for better caramelization and a quicker cooking time. It also helps maintain the eggplant’s texture.
  6. Drizzle with Oil: Lightly drizzle the eggplant pieces with olive oil or your preferred cooking oil. This helps in achieving that golden-brown exterior and adds flavor.
  7. Seasoning: Season the eggplant with your choice of seasonings. This recipe calls for garlic, salt and a little parmesan cheese. Feel free to get creative once you’ve got the basics down!
  8. Single Layer: Arrange the eggplant pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Crowding them can lead to uneven cooking and steaming instead of roasting.
  9. Flip Occasionally: To ensure even cooking and browning, flip the eggplant pieces with a spatula or tongs about halfway through the roasting time.
  10. Watch the Timing: Roasting times can vary depending on the size and thickness of your eggplant pieces. Keep an eye on them, and aim for a golden-brown color and a tender texture.
  11. Cool Before Serving: Allow the roasted eggplant to cool slightly before serving. This allows the flavors to meld and the texture to set.
  12. Customize: Feel free to get creative with your seasonings and toppings. Roasted eggplant pairs wonderfully with ingredients like garlic, lemon zest, fresh herbs, balsamic vinegar, or crumbled feta cheese.
Yield: 2 servings

Garlic Roasted Eggplant

Garlic Roasted Eggplant

Roasting eggplant enhances its natural sweetness and brings out deep, smoky flavors. The caramelization that occurs during roasting adds a wonderful depth and complexity to its taste. Add to this the zip of garlic and you have a wonderful and healthy side dish for any meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 eggplant cut into large strips
  • 2 Tbsp . garlic infused olive oil (or use 2 Tbsp. olive oil mixed with 1 tsp. garlic powder)
  • sea salt to sprinkle on top
  • toppings:
  • 1 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh herbs, I used basil


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  2. Next, lightly grease a baking pan or put parchment paper on top of a baking pan.
  3. Lay the strips on top of the pan evenly and drizzle with the garlic olive oil.
  4. Then lightly dust with salt and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Next, turn the eggplant over and bake again for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the eggplant starts to get a nice deep brown color on the edges.
  6. Take out and put on a serving platter. Sprinkle with herbs and parmesan. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 2mgSodium 342mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 9gSugar 11gProtein 5g

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