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10 Budget-Friendly Eggplant Recipes

Eggplant is such a good base for recipes. If you’re looking for some new ways to use it, this list of Budget-Friendly Eggplant Recipes is sure to give you some great ideas.

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I love eggplant. It’s a really filling ingredient that’s also really fulfilling (you see what I did there?). I do serve it with meat often, but there are a ton of vegetarian meals that I make with eggplant as the star.

If you want some new ways to make eggplant besides eggplant parm, our list of budget-friendly eggplant recipes is here to help.

Although, of course, this list has eggplant parmesan and twists on eggplant parmesan because that’s one of my favorite dishes.

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Budget-Friendly Eggplant Recipes

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Eggplant Parmesan Pasta has all the flavors of eggplant parmesan without any of the breading and frying.

Eggplant Parmesan Pasta

Eggplant Parmesan Pasta has all the flavors of eggplant parmesan, plus pasta. You combine eggplant chunks, mozzarella cheese, bowtie pasta, tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese in layers in a pan. Season, bake, and enjoy. It’s a really simple recipe that will please the whole family.

When we have a lot of fresh eggplant from our garden, we make this recipe. But you can use store-bought eggplant as well.

Sausage Stuffed Eggplant is a really warm, filling dinner idea. The eggplant boats are stuffed with sausage, onions, marinara, and more.

Sausage Stuffed Eggplant

Sausage Stuffed Eggplant is one of the best eggplant recipes on this list.

You cut an eggplant in half, scoop out the inside, drizzle the eggplant boats with a little olive oil, add some seasoning, and roast in a baking dish. Cook the insides with sausage, mushrooms, garlic, and marinara sauce. Stuff that back into the roasted eggplant, top with mozzarella cheese, and bake until soft.

Be the hit of the party when you serve these Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups. They're the perfect one bite appetizer.

Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups

One of our favorite summer appetizers are Grilled Eggplant, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Roll Ups.

Slices of eggplant are seasoned and grilled. A slice of mozzarella cheese and prosciutto are added, then it’s rolled. You keep it on the grill, just until the cheese is melted. It’s such a great recipe for your next backyard barbecue.

Pasta all Norma (Sicilian eggplant and tomato pasta) is the perfect way to use your garden tomatoes and eggplant. Get the recipe at

Pasta Alla Norma (Sicilian eggplant and tomato pasta)

Any time I talk about Pasta Alla Norma, I say, “I don’t know who Norma is, but I love her pasta.” I’ve looked it up, and Norma is actually an opera and there’s a whole history on why this pasta bears that name.

Anyway. This recipe combines fresh tomatoes and eggplant, plus fresh herbs and a little pasta water, to make a hearty sauce that’s served over pasta. It’s a great alternative to using store-bought marinara sauce to top your pasta.

Traditional Eggplant Parmesan is a labor of love. Frying is a bit of work, but it's worth it. Get the recipe at

Traditional Eggplant Parmesan

This list would absolutely not be complete without a Traditional Eggplant Parmesan recipe.

The eggplant is sliced, dredged in flour, egg, and bread crumbs, and fried in a nice amount of oil until they’re golden brown. Those fried eggplant slices are then layered in a baking pan between mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. Fill the entire pan, top with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese, and bake.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan is a great way to enjoy eggplant parm without the hassle of frying. Get the recipe at

Baked Eggplant Parmesan

If you want eggplant parmesan, but don’t want to deal with all of the frying and oil, this Baked Eggplant Parmesan is for you. It’s the easiest way to make eggplant parmesan since you don’t cook each piece of eggplant before baking the entire dish.

You bread the eggplant, as usual, and skip the frying. Add some sauce at the bottom of the pan, then a layer of eggplant slices, and a single layer of mozzarella cheese. Alternate those layers until your baking pan is filled. Bake. Just a quick note: The total time you bake this is longer than a traditional eggplant parmesan because you’re not cooking the eggplant in oil ahead of time.

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Chicken & Eggplant Teriyaki

If you like chicken teriyaki, but you don’t want to make all the vegetables that go along with it, try our Chicken & Eggplant Teriyaki. The only vegetable in the whole thing is eggplant. We usually use regular eggplant from our garden in this recipe. We do grow Asian eggplants in the garden, and this is an Asian recipe, but we don’t use those in this because they’re not meaty enough to hold up to the chicken.

What’s great about this recipe is the teriyaki sauce is homemade from really simple ingredients that you can easily find at the grocery store.

Sauteed Eggplant with Panko is a great topping for ravioli, chicken, pasta, and more. Get the recipe at

Sautéed Eggplant With Panko

Sautéed Eggplant With Panko is such an easy way to cook eggplant. You can serve it as a side dish or use it to top ravioli or other pasta dishes to add more vegetables and make them a complete meal.

You chop the eggplant into pieces, add it to a pan with chopped garlic and a little drizzle of olive oil, and sauté until they’re soft. Toss with panko breadcrumbs and that’s it.

This Baked Eggplant Meatball Parmesan recipe is perfect for your Meatless Monday menu. Get the recipe at

Baked Eggplant Meatball Parmesan

One of my favorite eggplant recipes is Baked Eggplant Meatball Parmesan. Despite the name, there isn’t any ground meat in it. The meatballs are actually ground eggplant.

The recipe is really good, but it’s definitely not a quick weeknight meal. You have to soak the eggplant to remove some moisture, then cook them on the stove for a few minutes, then grind them in a food processor with other ingredients, chill the mixture for 30 minutes, form into balls and let them chill in the fridge on a baking sheet for an hour, then assemble them in a casserole pan, and bake. It’s a long time from start to finish, but it’s so good.

Hungry for eggplant parmesan but don't have the time to make it? Make these Breaded Eggplant Parmesan Bites from instead.

Breaded Eggplant Parmesan Bites

If you want a light lunch and have a ton of eggplant from your summer garden to use, make Breaded Eggplant Parmesan Bites. You cut the eggplant into bites, coat them with egg and breadcrumbs, then bake. Of course, you’re going to season them and top with parmesan cheese. Serve them with a side of marinara sauce for a tasty treat.

We make this in the oven, but you could do it in the air fryer too if you’re pressed for time.

​Which of these Budget-Friendly Eggplant Recipes are you going to try first? Be sure to let us know in the comments.