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All Recipes, Tapas / May 12, 2021

Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant | Better than Fried & Easy to Make

This Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant recipe, is truly one for the books. The eggplant has the most incredible texture, the dish is easy to make and the flavors are mind-blowing good. Folks, this is what great food is all about.

Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant
You can serve this Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant as a tapas appetizer or even as a side dish. Either way, this promises to be one of the best eggplant dishes ever.

Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant
I finely grated some mild Manchego cheese over the eggplant before roasting. But you can use any cheese you like. Just make sure it´s a cheese that easily melts. Such as: Mozzarella, provolone or cheddar.

Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The secret to this recipe is to season the eggplant slices with sea salt and then let them sit for 30 minutes. This helps remove the excess water in the eggplant. Which at then end, gives the eggplant an incredible texture once it´s roasted.

Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant

Spanish Roasted Garlic Eggplant

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley 8 grams
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • manchego cheese
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • handful freshly chopped chives


  1. Cut 1 large eggplant into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick rounds, season each round generously with sea salt on both sides, add the slices of eggplant into a colander and let them sit for 30 minutes

  2. Meanwhile, roughy chop 5 cloves of garlic and add into a mortar, season with a little sea salt and using a pestle pound down until you form a paste like texture, then add in 2 tbsp (8 grams) finely chopped parsley and pour in a generous 2 tbsp (35 ml) extra virgin olive oil, mix together until well combined

  3. Thinly slice 2 tomatoes and set aside

  4. After 30 minutes, rinse the slices of eggplant under cold water, then pat each one dry with a dishcloth to remove any excess water & salt, add the slices of eggplant into a baking tray lined with parchment paper, making sure they are all in a single layer

  5. Lightly season the slices of eggplant with a little sea salt & black pepper, add the garlic sauce over the slices of eggplant, add 1 slice of tomato over each slice of eggplant and finely grate some manchego cheese over the tomatoes

  6. Add the baking tray into a preheated oven, bake + broil (bottom + top heat) 210 C - 410 F

  7. After 15 minutes remove from the oven

  8. Transfer into a serving dish and sprinkle with freshly chopped chives, serve at once, enjoy!

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  1. Danielle

    5 stars
    Made your recipes for Brussels sprouts with sherry vinegar, the poor man’s bean stew, and this eggplant recipe alongside a few other tapas for a dinner party tonight. All are great recipes (the beans and Brussels are in our regular rotation), but this was the standout favorite, even among those who claim not to like eggplant! Will be making this again and again, so good, simple, and healthy.

    18 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      18 . Dec . 2023
  2. Laila

    Defo will try this!! Muchissimas Gracias 🙏🤩

    15 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes! Much love 🙂

      15 . Mar . 2022
  3. Andrea

    Just returned from Mallorca, Valencia and Barcelona. Amazing food.

    28 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      29 . Oct . 2021
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  5. Larry Fishman

    Tasted great on my first try! (I got a appreciative smile from my wife). Your detailed measurements and descriptions really help (I’m a beginner cook). I want to try other of your recipes. Thank you!

    06 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      06 . Jun . 2021
  6. Keith Hickson

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was great, it’s a keeper for sure.

    31 . May . 2021
  7. Ramya

    will be making this soon can i use vegan cheese as am a vegan can i skip tomatoes as am a not a big fan of it i love eggplant sooooooooooooo much i never had spanish roasted garlic eggplant before perfect for my office snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes TThanks Ramya

    12 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      12 . May . 2021

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