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All Recipes, Tapas / November 13, 2023

The BEST-EVER Spanish Eggplant Dish | Berenjenas a la Importancia

This recipe for Berenjenas a la Importancia (Spanish Important Eggplant), is possibly one of the best eggplant dishes I have ever tasted. We´re talking seriously good flavors, basic pantry staples and all done in 40 minutes. Serve this dish as a tapas appetizer or even as a side dish, next to some salmon and potatoes.

Berenjenas a la Importancia
To make this recipe, I used one large eggplant, but you can also use 2 smaller ones. Either way, once you slice the eggplant, make sure to salt the slices on both sides and let them rest for 10 minutes. This will remove any excess water. That way when you cook the eggplant, it stays firm with absolutely no mush.

Berenjenas a la Importancia
For the liquid, I used homemade vegetable broth. However, chicken broth or stock is traditionally used. But you can use any liquid you like, from beef broth to fish broth to water. Just make sure to season accordingly if using water.

Berenjenas a la Importancia

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This dish is typically served warm or at room temperature. Some folks even enjoy it chilled. It will hold in the fridge for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. To reheat, just add into the microwave or even heat in a pan over the stove top, until just heated through.

Berenjenas a la Importancia

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Berenjenas a la Importancia
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Spanish Berenjenas a la Importancia (Important Eggplant)

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 324 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 90 ml
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour 4 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.25 grams
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 120 ml
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 480 ml
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Cut the eggplant (washed & dried) into rounds that are 1 cm thick (between 1/4 to 1/2 inch), then add the slices over a wire rack with paper towels underneath, all in a single layer, season with sea salt on both sides

  2. Finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic, crack the eggs into a shallow bowl, season with sea salt & black pepper and whisk together, add the 1/2 cup flour into a bowl

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  4. While the oil is heating, transfer the slices of eggplant over paper towels, pat completely dry, removing any excess salt if needed, then coat each slice in the flour and then the egg wash, add into the pan with the hot oil, all in a single layer, cook in batches, fry between 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden fried, then transfer into a plate with paper towels

  5. Once all the eggplant has been fried, set it aside, using the same pan with the same heat, add in the chopped onion and garlic, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the 1/2 tbsp of flour and the paprika, mix continuously, after 2 minutes add in the white wine and season with salt & pepper, mix together and simmer

  6. After simmering the wine for 2 to 3 minutes, add the slices of eggplant back into the pan, all in a single layer, just as best as you can, then add in the broth and bay leaf, turn it up to a high heat

  7. Once it comes to a boil, lower back to a medium heat, simmer for 10 minutes, gently shaking the pan once in a while, then remove from the heat

  8. Serve directly out of the pan or transfer into serving dishes, sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Berenjenas a la Importancia (Important Eggplant)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 328mg14%
Potassium 375mg11%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Jim Meyer

    Made this on Saturday and it was great! Really interesting, really delicious. Question: what does “a la Importancia” refer to? Is it the way it’s prepared, is it the name of a restaurant or person or place? Or does it simply mean that this is “of importance”?

    29 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      It just means of importance 🙂 Much love!!

      30 . Jan . 2024
  2. Ann R

    5 stars
    Aloha Albert, I made this with long asian type eggplant (easier to find here) and sliced in on a bias to increase the surface. I used mrs dash spice since I didn’t have bay leaf and also didn’t have parsley (which I can take or leave). It came out terrific. I’m saving the leftovers to try cold because sometimes dishes taste better at different temps. I also made your zucchini dish a few weeks ago which was also great. Taking the time to salt, sit and drain the veggies make a big difference! I thought zucchini was bland and mushy but this step makes it tasty and firmer. Mahalo nui loa!

    17 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      18 . Nov . 2023
  3. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i skip wine as i dont use alcohol at home i love eggplant soooooooooooo much i never had spanish berenjenas a la importancia before perfect fr my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    13 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      14 . Nov . 2023

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