This Spicy Grilled Eggplant with crimson pepper sauce, parsley, and mint is an ideal summer time aspect dish for something that’s cooked on the grill! And should you suppose you don’t like eggplant, I’m urging you to present grilled eggplant an opportunity.
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I first made this Spicy Grilled Eggplant once I had a backyard that was overflowing with eggplant, and I made it each summer time for some time once I was rising eggplant. My brother Rand will need to have been visiting Utah usually in these days, as a result of this obtained to be his favourite solution to cook dinner eggplant, and he’d inform me he was making it it again and again!
Now quick ahead just a few years, and I’ve even had an eggplant recipe that turned some of the fashionable recipes on my weblog. However sadly I don’t have a backyard with eggplant any extra and I had to purchase eggplant on the retailer to make this favourite grilled eggplant once more. However I do nonetheless completely love this recipe, and this week I’m selecting it as my Friday Favorites decide to encourage you to present grilled eggplant an opportunity!
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After all spicy grilled eggplant is ideal for a meatless dinner, however this eggplant recipe can be a superb aspect dish for something cooked on the grill! I do know eggplant is a tricky promote for some folks, however I promise that this spicy eggplant is de facto scrumptious.
What substances do you want for this recipe?
- globe eggplant
- salt, to take away water from eggplant
- olive oil
- chopped parsley
- chopped recent mint
- crimson wine vinegar
- recent lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice
- Minced Garlic (affiliate hyperlink) from a jar or minced recent recent garlic
- Aleppo Pepper (affiliate hyperlink) (or much less, to style; see notes)
- Spike Seasoning (affiliate hyperlink) or different all-purpose seasoning mix
What’s Aleppo Pepper?
Aleppo Pepper is a sort of delicate crimson dried chile pepper that comes from Aleppo, Syria. It’s used everywhere in the center east as a flavor-enhancing addition to many dishes. I actually love the flavour of Aleppo Pepper, however you may as well use common crimson pepper flakes, or use a smaller quantity of Cayenne Pepper (affiliate hyperlink).
How spicy is that this spicy eggplant?
You’ll wish to modify the quantity of spicy crimson pepper to your private choice, and the one teaspoon of Aleppo pepper I used within the authentic recipe is fairly spicy for me now. Perhaps it’s as a result of I had recent Aleppo Pepper that I purchased in Istanbul!
Need extra concepts for greens on the grill?
Take a look at Low-Carb and Keto Grilled Greens for extra tasty choices for greens on the grill. You should utilize Eggplant Recipes to see all of the concepts with eggplant on my web site.
The best way to make Spicy Grilled Eggplant:
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- Minimize 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 flip the eggplant over, salt the opposite aspect, and let extra water drain out.
- Then press down on the eggplant items with paper towel to soak up the liquid.
- Whereas the eggplant drains, chop the mint and parsley, and blend the spicy sauce.
- Preheat the grill to medium excessive, and brush either side of the eggplant slices with a little bit olive oil.
- Grill eggplant items about 4-5 minutes per aspect, rotating them after a couple of minutes if you wish to get these criss-cross grill marks.
- When the eggplant is completed, put in a glass baking dish and spoon a little bit sauce over every bit. Let the eggplant sit for 10-Quarter-hour to soak up the sauce.
- Serve heat or room temperature, sprinkled with the chopped mint and parsley.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
Grilled eggplant can be nice with Effie’s Cottage Cheese Salad with Za’atar for a low-carb meatless meal. Or you can serve the eggplant as a aspect dish with Grilled Rooster with Balsamic Vinegar, Marinated Beef Kabobs, Very Greek Grilled Rooster, Grilled Sausage and Peppers, or Sanpete County Grilled Turkey Kabobs.
Extra Scrumptious Recipes for Eggplant:
Spicy Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad
Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Herbs
Julia Little one’s Eggplant Pizzas
World’s Best Grilled Greens
Stir-Fried Tofu with Eggplant
- 1 giant globe eggplant (see notes)
- 2 tsp. salt, to take away water from eggplant
- 2 T olive oil, to brush eggplant for grilling
- 2 T chopped parsley (see notes)
- 2 T chopped recent mint (see notes)
Spicy Sauce Elements
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 tsp. crimson wine vinegar
- 2 tsp. recent lemon juice
- 1 tsp. garlic puree (from a jar) or finely minced recent garlic
- 1 tsp. Aleppo Pepper (or much less, to style; see notes)
- 1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (non-obligatory, however extremely advisable)
- Take away stem finish and wash eggplant, however don’t peel.
- Minimize eggplant into slices about 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick, being cautious to make all slices the identical thickness.
- Organize eggplant in single layer on double-thick paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
- Let liquid ooze out for 20 minutes, then flip over and sprinkle different aspect with salt and let drain 20 minutes extra.
- Whereas eggplant drains, whisk collectively olive oil, crimson wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic puree, Aleppo Pepper (affiliate hyperlink), and Spike Seasoning (affiliate hyperlink). Chop mint and parsley.
- Preheat fuel or charcoal barbecue grill to medium excessive. (You possibly can solely maintain your hand there for 3-4 seconds at that warmth.)
- After the second 20 minutes has completed, cowl the eggplant items with one other layer of paper towels and press down along with your fingers to squeeze out water.
- Wipe eggplant dry. Lay them out on a baking sheet (or paper towels) and brush either side with olive oil.
- Place eggplant on grill and cook dinner 4-5 minutes per aspect, rotating after a couple of minutes on all sides if you wish to get good grill marks. Watch them fastidiously as a result of they go from properly browned to overly darkish fairly shortly.
- When eggplant is completed, take away from grill and place in a single layer in a baking dish (or use the identical baking sheet you used to grease them.)
- Spoon a number of the spicy sauce over every bit of eggplant, and let sit 10-Quarter-hour so eggplant can take up sauce flavors.
- To serve, assemble eggplant on serving plate and sprinkle with mint and parsley.
- Serve heat or at room temperature.
You can too use or 2 small eggplants or 2-3 lengthy Asian eggplants. Asian eggplants do not should be salted. Minimize Asian eggplant on the diagonal to get greater slices. You should utilize all mint or parsley should you don’t have each, and you should use extra herbs should you desire. Use no matter sort of crimson pepper flakes you have got. I might begin with a small quantity and style earlier than you add all of the crimson pepper.
Tailored from a recipe in Williams-Sonoma Full Grilling Cookbook.
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Quantity Per Serving:
Energy: 185Whole Fats: 14gSaturated Fats: 2gUnsaturated Fats: 11.5gLdl cholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1140mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4.7gSugar: 5.61.7g
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Low-Carb Food plan / Low-Glycemic Food plan / South Seaside Food plan Options:
Spicy Grilled Eggplant is an effective aspect dish for any low-carb or Keto eating regimen, together with any section of the unique South Seaside Food plan.
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Historic Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007 once I had a lot of eggplant in my backyard. I’ve been making it ever since and the recipe was final up to date with extra info and featured for Friday Favorites in 2022.
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