Microwave Eggplant

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This Microwave Eggplant is tender and full of flavor. You’ll love how easy it is to cook eggplant in the microwave. Just chop, add seasonings, and cook!

plate of Microwave Eggplant

Microwave Eggplant Slices

Ever thought about cooking eggplant super fast and easy? Well, you’re in for a treat! Microwaving eggplant is a quick way to make this veggie tasty without a lot of fuss. All you need is your trusty microwave and a bit of know-how.

close-up of cooked eggplant

In just a few minutes, you can turn a plain eggplant into a delicious dish that’s perfect for snacks, sides, or even main courses. So, let’s dive in and discover the magic of microwaving eggplant – it’s cooking made simple!

microwave-safe dish with eggplant

Love using your microwave to cook food in minutes? We’ve got plenty of recipe for you! Check out Microwave Turkey Bacon, Microwave Baked Apples Recipe, and Microwave Acorn Squash.

How To Make Microwave Eggplant

Wash the eggplant and slice off the stem.

Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and then into strips. Cut those long strips into cubes/pieces.

Place eggplant pieces into a microwave-safe dish. Top with salt, red pepper, and garlic powder. Toss with a spoon to coat eggplant thoroughly in seasonings.

chopped, cooked eggplant on a plate

Cover dish loosely with a lid. Place in microwave and cook at high power for 5 minutes.

Check to see if eggplant is tender to your liking. At this point, you can add a drizzle of olive oil or more seasonings, if you would like to do so.

forkful of seasoned eggplant

Cooking Tips

  • You can peel the eggplant before cooking, if you prefer
  • Cut the eggplant into small or larger pieces- whichever works for you
  • Use oven mitts to remove the hot dish from microwave

seasoned and cooked Microwave Eggplant

Can You Cook Eggplant In The Microwave?

Yes, you can cook eggplant of any size in the microwave. You just need to adjust the cooking time. For a whole eggplant, pierce it with a fork to allow steam to escape, and heat for at least 5 minutes. If you chop the eggplant into pieces, the cooking time will be shorter. Heat eggplant until it is tender to your liking.

fork holding piece of Microwave Eggplant

Do You Need To Soak Eggplant Before Cooking?

No, you do not need to soak an eggplant before cooking it. If you are frying slices of eggplant, soaking it beforehand in salt water can cut down on the greasiness of the final dish, but it is an optional step.

Why Sprinkle Salt On Slices Of Eggplant Before Cooking?

Adding salt to slices or pieces of eggplant draws out the excess water. This makes the cooked eggplant more tender, with a bolder flavor.

dish of microwaved, cubed eggplant

What To Serve With Microwave Eggplant

This healthy and delicious side dish would be perfect with a hearty, wholesome main course like Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Thighs, Pan Fried Chicken Drumsticks, or Air Fryer Turkey Breast Cutlets (Keto, No Breading).

Other sides that go with subtly spicy eggplant would be Grilled Broccoli, Smashed Brussels Sprouts In The Air Fryer, or Fried Mushrooms And Onions.

Microwave Eggplant seasoned with red pepper and garlic powder

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Microwave Eggplant

This Microwave Eggplant is tender and full of flavor. You'll love how easy it is to heat up eggplant in the microwave. Just chop, add seasonings, and cook!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Microwave Eggplant
Cooking Method: Microwave
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 30kcal

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Wash the eggplant and slice off the stem.
  • Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and then into strips. Cut those long strips into cubes/pieces.
  • Place eggplant pieces into a microwave-safe dish. Top with salt, red pepper, and garlic powder. Toss with a spoon to coat eggplant thoroughly in seasonings.
  • Cover dish loosely with a lid. Place in microwave and cook at high power for 5 minutes.
  • Check to see if eggplant is tender to your liking. At this point, you can add a drizzle of olive oil or more seasonings, if you would like to do so.

Notes

  • You can peel the eggplant before cooking, if you prefer
  • Cut the eggplant into small or larger pieces- whichever works for you
  • Use oven mitts to remove the hot dish from microwave
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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