Grilled Eggplant Baba Ganoush

Hand reaching for pita to dip into baba ganoush.

This Baba Ganoush recipe with grilled eggplant is amazingly smooth and creamy with a delicious smoky flavor. Serve it alongside some fresh pita bread and vegetables for a delicious Mediterranean spread.

The other day I was bringing my car in for a detailing (lots of friends and family coming to town for our wedding means I need a clean car) and I suddenly had a huge craving for some baba ganoush.

Such a strange craving as normally I’d lean towards hummus, but for some reason, baba ganoush just sounded really, really good that day and it stuck in my head.

I think the fact that baba ganoush is a bit smoky is what made me think that I needed to whip up a batch that day… seeing as I’d be grilling up some peruvian grilled chicken for lunch. And while the eggplant for this Mediterranean spread is often roasted, I thought that throwing those eggplants onto my grill would give them an even more delicious, smoky flavor. So, while my chicken was grilling away, I just added a couple of eggplants on there too. They took about 40 minutes (10 minutes per side) to cook to the perfect, softened texture I was looking for.

Tip: Stick a sharp knife into your eggplants to check if they’re done enough. It should easily slide in and out with little resistance. 

Platter of baba ganoush - shot from overhead.

Once they were done, I popped them into a big pot and put a cover on it. I let them rest on the counter for about 20 minutes to allow them to steam just a little bit more so that removing the flesh from the skin would be extra easy and so that they would be cool enough to handle. Then, I cut each of them in half and used a large spoon to scoop out the insides.

You want to be sure to extract as much of the moisture from the eggplant as possible so that your spread gets that deliciously smooth and creamy texture. I’d read a tip to put the eggplant in a salad spinner and give it a few turns. I did try that but I have to say that I didn’t find much moisture coming out of it. Instead, I found that just placing the flesh in a strainer for about 5 minutes, and gently pressing on it, will do the trick just fine.

Many recipes call for mashing the baba ganoush by hand, but I wanted to make things super simple, so I just popped it into my blender with the rest of the ingredients and gave it a good whirl. The texture was rich and creamy, just like I was hoping for.

To carry over the flavors of the smoky grilled eggplant, I added in some cumin and smoked paprika as well. I love how the cumin has an almost citrus-like quality to it, that pairs so well with the lemon in the baba ganoush, and the smoky paprika just gives a hint of something extra and also lends its beautiful color to the spread.

Can I roast the eggplant for baba ganoush? I don’t have a grill.

  • If you don’t have a grill, you can definitely prepare this baba ganoush in the oven. Halve your eggplants and bake them cut side down in a 450-degree oven for 35-45 minutes (this will depend on the size of your eggplants).

Is baba ganoush vegan?

  • Baba ganoush is dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free, making it a perfect appetizer that’s friendly with a variety of diets.

What do you serve with baba ganoush?

  • Serve baba gnoush like you would serve hummus. I like it paired with fresh veggies and pita bread for dipping. In the platter pictured here I served the baba ganoush with carrot sticks, cucumber, watermelon radishes, and red peppers.

How long does baba ganoush last in the refrigerator?

  • Leftover baba ganoush can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. I prefer the flavor of baba ganoush while it is still warm from the grill, but it’s also delicious served chilled or at room temperature.

Overhead shot of baba ganoush.

I hope that you love this grilled eggplant baba ganoush as much as I did! I’ll definitely be serving it again soon, maybe even as part of a full Mediterranean spread. It would make a wonderful dinner served with hummus and a few fresh salads. Currently, I’m obsessed with this Mediterranean Chickpea & Tuna Salad, Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons and this Israeli Couscous Tabbouleh Salad.

Overhead shot of baba ganoush.

Grilled Eggplant Baba Ganoush

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: baba ganoush, dip, grilled baba ganoush, mediterranean, smoked baba ganoush
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 192 kcal
Author: Erin

This Baba Ganoush recipe with grilled eggplant is amazingly smooth and creamy with a delicious smoky flavor. Serve it alongside some fresh pita bread and vegetables for a delicious Mediterranean spread.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Italian eggplant about 4 medium or 2 large eggplants
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tablespoons tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika plus extra for garnish
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley plus extra for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Grill eggplant, turning occasionally, until skin is charred and flesh is softened, 25-45 minutes depending on the size of your eggplants.
  2. Place in a large stockpot or large bowl and cover, allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Halve eggplant, scoop flesh into a colander set over a bowl, and let drain at least 10 minutes; discard liquid.
  4. Pulse eggplant along with garlic, tahini and lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin and paprika in a food processor or blender; slowly incorporate olive oil and pulse to combine. Add parsley and give a final pulse or two. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Sprinkle baba ganoush with additional paprika and parsley and serve with pita bread and chopped vegetables.

To prepare in the oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees. Halve eggplants and bake, cut side down, for 35-40 minutes, until flesh is softened. Let cool slightly before proceeding to step 3 above.

If you loved this grilled eggplant baba ganoush I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Eggplant Baba Ganoush
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 394mg 16%
Potassium 394mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 9.5%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 5.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Baba Ganoush: 

  • Pinot Gris has a bright notes of citrus making it perfect for pairing with this smoky, but slightly tangy baba ganoush.
  • Rosé is always amazing paired with roasted vegetables. Try pairing it with this smoky dip.
  • Cava is a fun bottle to open up for the occasion. The light bubbles are perfect paired with the creamy baba ganoush.

Overhead shot of baba ganoush next to veggies.

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10 comments

  1. Jade Helm /Tasting Pour

    I always lean a little more baba ganoush than hummus but alas eggplants are not in season year round. But when they are…I can go to town on some baba ganoush. I do normally roast because unless you are Mary Cressler you don’t always have a grill fired up and ready. Bet this version is delish.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yes – Mary is definitely the queen of grilling. I’m trying to be more like her with this recipe Jade!

      Reply

  2. Waz

    Yum! Your baba ganoush recipe looks so gorgeous. Hummus is my go to Mediterranean dish, but it’s been so long since I’ve had baba ganoush, I might have to make some soon.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m with you Waz – I normally lean towards hummus, but today I wanted to switch things up a bit! Loving the baba ganoush with grilled eggplant too!

      Reply

  3. Pech

    Ahhh now I realize it’s been a long time since I last had baba ganoush and want some!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      It was a while for me too Pech – But all of the sudden I got this huge craving for it!

      Reply

  4. Mimi

    I appreciate your love for hummus and baba ganoush, but have you ever played with white bean dips? An endless number of options that are just as addicting and satisfying.

    Reply

  5. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    I’m not a fan of eggplant at all but this baba ganoush may turn the tide for me! It looks SO delicious, and I always love a healthier option to dip veggies.

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    1. Erin

      I love that it’s like dipping your veggies into ANOTHER veggie. It’s like double nutritious 😉

      Reply

  6. Hillary @ Crumb Kisses

    So delicious! I’ve never made my own baba ganoush because I always default to hummus but I am happy to know this can is fairly simple to whip up as well!

    Reply

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