Baba Ganoush is a flavorful and deliciously dippable or spreadable appetizer.

Baba Ganoush is a roasted eggplant spread or dip. It’s packed with flavors of tahini, garlic, and lemon juice all blended until smooth and creamy.

It is the perfect dip, spread, or even sauce recipe for everything from warm pita bread to tortilla chips!

Easy Baba Ganoush in a bowl

What is Baba Ganoush?

  • Originating from Levant, this dish light, healthy, low in calories, but heavy on flavor, eat Baba Ganoush (bah-bah, gah-noosh) as a spread or dip.
  • Served as a ‘meze’ or dip, Baba Ganoush is keto, gluten-free, vegan, and, unlike hummus, has an irresistible smoky flavor from the roasted eggplant!
  • Make this super easy Baba Ganoush recipe ahead and freeze it into quart-sized zippered bags and thaw for a delicious dip or spread anytime!
peeling an eggplant

Ingredients & Variations

Eggplant:  Choose full, heavy eggplants without blemishes. The peel will easily strip away after it’s baked or grilled.

Seasonings: Traditional seasonings include tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and parsley and some optional crushed red pepper will give Baba Ganoush its signature flavor. But mix it up with other seasonings like these DIY blends like homemade lemon pepper seasoning, or a savory Greek seasoning.

How to Make Baba Ganoush

Baba ganoush is a traditional recipe that requires a little time for the eggplant to cook.

  1. Bake, cool, and peel eggplant (as per the recipe below).
  2. In a food processor, blend eggplant and all remaining ingredients until smooth.
  3. Season with parsley and salt. Top with optional olive oil and red pepper flakes.
Baba Ganoush in a food processor

What to Serve with Baba Ganoush?

Baba Ganoush goes with so many kinds of food! We like it with homemade pita bread, crackers, pita chips, vegetables, or crostini.

Pita dipping into Baba Ganoush in a bowl with olive oil and parsley

Storing Baba Ganoush

To retain the best flavor, keep Baba Ganoush in a covered container for up to 3 days. Fresh garlic stored any longer may produce botulism. It can be frozen for up to a month, however, the consistency will be less firm once it’s thawed.

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Easy Baba Ganoush

Baked eggplant is combined with tahini, garlic, and other ingredients to create this delicious and easy baba ganoush spread. Serve with pita, crackers, or veggies for a delicious appetizer.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients  

  • 2 large eggplant about 1 ½ lbs
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • crushed red pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Poke eggplant with a fork and bake until tender about 45-50 minutes.
  • Cool and peel the eggplant.
  • Place eggplant, tahini, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  • Stir in parsley & salt. Top with olive oil and crushed red pepper.

Notes

Baba Ganoush can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If stored longer, there is a risk that the garlic may produce botulism, a serious toxin, and this is not a risk worth taking. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 91 | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine Mediterranean

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  1. Hello..I an big Fan of your Blog.I highly admire the Elegance and useful details you post..My words are very few to express how much I love your recipes…For Baba Ghannoush we make at home since my childhood similar way..Recently My Daughter made this awesome dish,,,,I wish if I can send image to you just for your comment..Thanks,5 stars

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