Grilled Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant

5 from 11 reviews

This delicious and easy Grilled Eggplant recipe is brushed with olive oil and seasoned with marjoram and thyme.  Enjoy some today and reap the health benefits of fresh eggplant.


  • 2 small to medium eggplants
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon marjoram (or oregano)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper



  1. Cut the eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Sprinkle with the salt and place on a wire rack over the sink.  Let sit and drain for about 1 hour. Wipe the moisture and salt off the slices with paper towels.
  2. Combine the olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, marjoram, ground thyme, red pepper, and black pepper.
  3. Preheat the grill or grill pan to medium high heat.  Brush the eggplant on both sides with the olive oil mixture. Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until slightly charred and tender. For best results serve promptly.



  • If available choose eggplants that are smaller in size for less bitterness, more sweetness, less seeds and thinner skin.
  • Preheat your grill to medium high heat or around 400 degrees.  Cook the eggplant until is tender and slightly charred.
  • The oil soaks into the eggplant fast.  I do not recommend going back over it with the oil.  You want just enough oil to apply the seasoning and to give them a little moisture.
  • Eggplant cooks fast so keep your eye on it.  It only needs about 3-5 minutes cooking per side.
  • It is best enjoyed straight off the grill however you can reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds at a reduced power.
  • Do not peel the eggplant before grilling it.  Grilled eggplant really needs the skin to stay intact for grilling.  If the skin is tough (from a larger older eggplant) you can always cut it away before eating the eggplant.

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