Sheet pan eggplant is the quickest and easiest way to make an eggplant side dish. You can also use this recipe to prepare a variety of meals as explained in the post below.
Have you wondered about the immense popularity of sheet pan recipes in the last year or so? There are good reasons for this! Once you read all of this, I promise that you’ll be all eager to try out the super easy sheet pan eggplant recipe.
Advantages of sheet pan cooking
- Convenience – You can cook your veggies and protein in one sheet pan. Saves on time and cleaning up.
- Your oven does the work – Just mix up the ingredient to be cooked with the marinade or spices. Let it to cook while you focus on cooking something else, or relax.
- Meal prep – Sheet pan cooking helps you prep a glut of vegetables and protein. You can then portion and save in the refrigerator for the week.
- Healthy – The possibility of cooking healthy using fresh ingredients, herbs-spices and a small portion of healthy fats like cold pressed oils
Try this Sheet Pan Baked Maple Tofu recipe
How to cook vegetables in the sheet pan?
- Choose large quantity of one vegetable (such as this sheet pan eggplant recipe) or a mix of vegetables that have similar cooking times.
- Toss in a marinade or a spice mix and oil.
- I prefer adding some water to the pan, covering with a thick tin foil and baking. The vegetables partly steam cook and do not dry out. This process also makes use of minimal oil, making it a healthier, low-cal meal prep.
- Parboil root vegetables like carrot, beets, turnips etc before cutting into chunks and laying on the sheet pan.
What dishes can you make using sheet pan vegetables?
- Toss the sheet pan vegetables with salad greens and a dressing to make a hearty vegetable salad.
- Mix it along with chickpeas or any other cooked beans, brown rice and a sauce to make a filling Buddha bowl.
- Place it on a taco along with finely chopped cucumber, onions, tomatoes and a couple of sauces to make vegan tacos.
- Roll the sheet pan vegetables in a tortilla with some pickled onions to make a delcious portable lunch.
- Sheet pan vegetables such as this curried eggplant can also be served as a side for a dal-rice based Indian meal.
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Sheet Pan Eggplant
- 1 large eggplant ~600 grams
- 1 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Coriander to garnish
- To prepare sheet pan eggplant, preheat the oven at 180C.
- Slice off the crown of the eggplant.
- Cut into 1/2 inch thick slices and chop each slice into 4-6 pieces.
- Place the chopped eggplant on the sheet pan / baking tray.
- In a small pan, heat the oil and fry the mustard and cumin seeds.
- Once the seeds splutter, turn off flame and stir in spice powders and salt.
- Transfer this oil with spices over the eggplant and gently rub the spice mix over all the pieces to coat well.
- Pour 1/3 cup hot water in the middle of the sheet pan.
- Using a thick aluminium foil, wrap the pan from end to end so that it is covered well. This helps generate steam from the water used so that the eggplant cooks fast and remains moist.
- Carefully slide the sheet pan into the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180C until the eggplant pieces are soft.
- Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot.
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