Easy Grilled Eggplant

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Grilled Eggplant slices are super easy, just slice, season, grill, and serve!  When the weather is warm, set aside eggplant parmesan and opt for the barbecue instead of the oven!

Grilling your veggies with steaks or honey mustard chicken already on the grill is not only convenient, but healthy (and super yummy)! Your barbecue can easily do double duty when you grill everything together! 

A plate of perfectly grilled eggplant topped with parsley

Eggplant contains a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber, one whole cup of eggplant is only 20 calories! Best of all, they’re low on calories but really high on flavor when seasoned right! The flavor is mild yet earthy and eggplant can be paired with nearly any kind of seasoning, sauce, or even melted cheese! So get that barbecue fired up!

Slices of eggplant on a cutting board with a bowl of olive oil and seasonings

How to Cut an Eggplant for Grilling

This is an easy one! Be sure your eggplant is free of any dirt and wipe it dry. There is no need to peel eggplant before grilling! Hold the eggplant on its side with your left hand (or right, if you are left-handed), slice into ¾ inch rounds or slices.

If your eggplant is on the smaller side, you can cut it lengthwise to get long strips of eggplant so it’s easier to handle on the grill.

How to Use Sliced Eggplant: While we love grilling anything and everything in the summer, there are so many ways to use a sliced eggplant! Whether baking or grilling this vegetable it is delicious and versatile!

  • BakedEggplant Parmesan, Crispy Baked Eggplant, roasted eggplant to name a few
  • Grilled: Wrap around a Grilled Chicken Breast and top with tomato sauce and cheese, grill with Vidalia onion halves, whole baby red potatoes and sliced cauliflower steaks, or even a Greek Eggplant dish with melted mozzarella cheese on a crusty baguette with a handful of Greek olives.

Brushing olive oil and seasonings on slices of eggplant to prepare for grilling

How to Grill an Eggplant

Eggplant has spongy, tender flesh which makes it a great for seasoning and quick for cooking! A quick grilled eggplant marinade is any Italian or Vinaigrette dressing you have on hand. Or try the easy grilled eggplant marinade in this recipe.

  1. Slice: Slice the eggplant into ¾ inch slices as directed above.
  2. Season: Whisk together oil mixture and brush over the eggplant pieces.
  3. Grill: Pop on the grill and cook until tender and there are grill marks on each side.

A tray of grilled eggplant with a sprinkle of parsley ready to serve.

How Long to Grill Eggplant:  Eggplant definitely doesn’t take long to cook when cut into slices! These slices should be grilled for 4 to 5 minutes per side until tender.

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Grilled Eggplant

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Eggplant slices marinated in an olive oil mixture and grilled to perfection!


  • 2 medium eggplant
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste

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  1. Slice eggplant into 3/4" thick slices. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Combine olive oil, garlic and seasoning.
  3. Brush eggplant with olive oil mixture. Season with salt & pepper
  4. Grill 4-5 minutes per side or until tender.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 119, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 350mg, Carbohydrates: 9g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 35%, Vitamin C: 3.5%, Calcium: 16%, Iron: 0.5%

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

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Grilled Eggplant piled together in a white bowl

Grilled Eggplant is a quick and easy recipe that is ready in just 3 simple steps! Slice, Season and Grill!  #spendwithpennies #grilledeggplant #summerbbq #sidedish #grilledvegetables #grilling
Grilled Eggplant is a quick and easy recipe that is ready in just 3 simple steps! Slice, Season and Grill!  #spendwithpennies #grilledeggplant #summerbbq #sidedish #grilledvegetables #grilling

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