Oven Broiled Eggplant With Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic

Broiled eggplant on a sheet pan

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
202 Calories
10g Fat
28g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 202
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 5g
Calcium 102mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Need a low-fat and vegan way to prepare eggplant? Or, wondering how to broil eggplant in the oven? Maybe you want a simple oven-roasted vegetable dish that you don't have to fuss over or worry about, or maybe your garden has a ton of eggplant you need to figure out how to use. After complex and creative dishes like eggplant and basil pizza, eggplant and potato curries, roasted baigan ka bharta from India, a whole lot of Middle Eastern baba ghanoush, and of course traditional Italian eggplant marinaras, something simple like this oven-broiled eggplant is refreshing. You can make this recipe on the grill, using it as an oven by placing the eggplant on a baking sheet instead of directly on the grill.

Here's a simple broiled eggplant recipe for a side dish or vegetarian and vegan appetizer. Eggplant is drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then broiled in the oven with some minced garlic (use jarred minced garlic to save some time on this recipe) and optional red pepper flakes. You can slice it up and just eat this eggplant as it is, or perhaps topped with marinara or another sauce. Another idea is to add a little breadcrumb (try panko-style breadcrumbs) and cheese topping, if you're not eating vegan, and heat it up just enough for the cheese to melt. 


  • 1 medium-large eggplant
  • salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves minced or crushed garlic
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel the eggplant, and slice it into about 1-inch thick rounds. Arrange these eggplant slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.

  2. Sprinkle the tops of the eggplant slices with a little bit of salt, and allow the eggplant to sit for at least 20 minutes.

  3. Rinse the eggplant slices and gently pat them dry using a kitchen towel or a paper towel.

  4. Once your eggplant is ready to go, preheat the oven to broil.​

  5. Place the prepared eggplant slices on a lightly greased baking sheet and then place in the preheated oven for 4 to 5 minutes.

  6. Remove from oven and drizzle or brush the eggplant slices with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with garlic and red pepper flakes.

  7. Return the baking tray to the oven to broil for another 4 to 5 minutes, or until done.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.