Grilled Eggplant Dip

Grilled Eggplant Dip

This Grilled Eggplant Dip recipe (which I borrowed from Bobby Flay) is a fun, summer appetizer. Instead of roasting an eggplant in the oven, grill it to get a smoky taste. Then serve the Grilled Eggplant Dip with pita bread to start a summertime dinner party.

Eggplant & Pepper Roasted
Grilled Eggplant w/Roasted Red Pepper

In some ways, this is a grilled version of baba ganoush.

Grilled Eggplant Dip

Grilled Eggplant Dip

This recipe (which I borrowed [and tweaked] from Bobby Flay) is a fun, summer appetizer. Instead of roasting an eggplant in the oven, grill the eggplant to get a smoky taste. Serve with pita bread to start a summer time dinner party,
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Keyword: Dip, Eggplant, Grilled Chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 71kcal


  • Grill
  • Blender or Food Processor


  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 large eggplant unpeeled ends trimmed, then sliced lengthwise 1-inch thick
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 pita breads cut for dipping


  • Heat a grill to medium.
  • Brush the red pepper with some of the canola oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Brush the eggplant slices on both sides with more of the canola oil, season with salt and pepper.
  • Blister the red pepper, turning occasionally, until charred all over and tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Grill the eggplant until charred on the first side, about 3-4 minutes. Turn and continue grilling until tender, another 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer red pepper to a bowl, then cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let steam while you make the eggplant dip.
  • Remove the skin from the eggplant and put in a food processor.
  • Add the chopped garlic, tahini, yogurt, lemon zest, oregano and smoked paprika to the food processor. Pulse until smooth and thick.
  • Transfer eggplant mixture to a serving bowl and let sit for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Add Salt & pepper to taste.
  • Peel, seed and dice the red pepper. (skin should come off easily)
  • Top Dip with the diced peppers and the chopped parsley.
  • Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over the dip.
  • Serve Grilled Eggplant Dip with warm pita.



It is really a grilled Baba Ganoush Eggplant dip recipe. 


Serving: 2oz | Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 3mg
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Grilled Baba Ghanoush 

This is a little more elaborate. Don’t use the oil and red pepper. While the eggplant is grilling, toast 1/2 cup pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat until they begin to brown. When the eggplant is cool, put it in a food processor with the pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, and 1 ⁄ 3 cup tahini. Process until very smooth, adding a few teaspoons of olive oil if necessary. Taste and add salt and/or more lemon juice or garlic to taste. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve with pita bread.

Grilled Vegetable Dip

This would work for carrots, parsnips, green beans, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or winter squash. Trim and peel (if necessary) 1.5 pounds of any vegetable listed. If you’re using a grill pan, chop the vegetables; otherwise, leave them whole. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill, shaking the pan (or turning whole pieces) to cook them evenly until they’re quite tender. Purée in a food processor with olive oil.

Grilled Eggplant Dip

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5 thoughts on “Grilled Eggplant Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    Dear Charlie, Yet another Greek invention. Love it!

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