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Smoky Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanoush)

Jul 24, 2023 | 0 comments

Impress your guests with this smoky eggplant dip that uses 5 ingredients and no special equipment. Charring the eggplant straight on a gas hob or BBQ cuts down prep time AND gives the best smoky flavour. Serve with pita chips, flatbreads or focaccia for a very moreish party bite.

Hand swooping pita chip through smoky eggplant dip on a green plate.

When eggplant’s done right, it’s SENSATIONAL. It’s creamy, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. But when it’s done wrong, it’s sad, chewy and tasteless. This recipe is eggplant done RIGHT.

The dip itself (also known as baba ghanoush) uses just FIVE main ingredients and is packed with SO much complex flavour. Smokiness and silkiness from the eggplants, creamy nuttiness from the tahini, plus lots of garlic and fresh, zesty lemon juice to tie it together.

Charring the eggplant right on a gas hob serves two purposes – it’s SUPER quick and it gives it the most gorgeous smoky flavour you just can’t replicate in the oven. However, if you don’t have a gas hob, you can absolutely cook the eggplant in the oven, or better still, on a barbecue.


There are four key ingredients you’ll need for the dip (plus salt) – and then a few optional garnishes to jazz up the presentation.

Ingredients for smoky eggplant dip laid out on a grey marble background and labelled.
  • Tahini. While tahini is now much more commonly available in large grocery stores, the quality can differ vastly. I prefer Israeli, Lebanese or Palestinian tahini, rather than tahini made in Greece or Cyprus. I’ve found those to have a MUCH better and creamier consistency, the others can be quite bitter and claggy. Tahini, like peanut butter, likes to separate a little in the jar (the oil will rise to the top while the solids will go to the bottom). To counter this, I like to store it upside down, and always give it a very good stir with a knife before using it.
  • Lemon. Fresh lemon is best if possible, otherwise, use bottled lemon juice.
  • Garlic. This recipe uses four garlic cloves so it is quite garlicky – if you’re not a garlic fan you can cut out a clove or two. Or for a milder garlic taste, use confit garlic.

Optional garnishes: pomegranate seeds, flat-leaf parsley (or use mint), a drizzle of olive oil and dukkah.

How to make it

Pierce your eggplants all over with a fork, then place them directly onto a gas hob. Turn the heat on to high then cook for about 10 minutes, turning every couple of minutes until SUPER charred all over (they should be basically falling apart). PRO TIP: For an easy clean-up, line underneath your hob with aluminium foil.

Transfer the eggplant to a mixing bowl and cover with clingfilm to steam and cool.

Once cool enough to handle, peel off the charred eggplant skin (this should be easy enough to do if they’re cooked enough). Chop the eggplant – you can do this either very finely so it’s a smoother consistency, or keep it quite chunky, it’s up to you – then transfer it back into the mixing bowl. There will be a pool of smoky juices in there – you want this to add to the smoky flavour and help loosen up the dip so don’t throw it away.

Add the lemon juice, garlic, tahini and salt and mix into a cohesive dip. I prefer not to mix this dip in a blender or food processor as it shouldn’t be completely smooth, but you can if you like.

Transfer to a serving plate or bowl, then drizzle with a little olive oil, and scatter over your flat-leaf parsley, dukkah and pomegranate seeds. Serve with your favourite chips (I love pita chips), soft flatbreads or chilli cheese focaccia.

Got a question?

Can I make the dip in advance?

You sure can – I always do this if possible when I’m entertaining, to save time. It will keep well for at least 3 days, stored in the fridge in a covered container.

Can I roast the eggplant?

Yes, you can. Pierce the eggplants all over, then place them in the oven at 200C/390F for about 50 minutes, turning them halfway through.

Could I add anything else to the dip?

Sometimes I like to add in some chilli flakes (1 or 2 teaspoons), or mixing in some Greek yogurt or labneh is another nice way to add an extra layer of creaminess. You can also mix the pomegranate seeds and flat-leaf parsley through the dip for more texture, rather than scattering them on top.

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Hand swooping pita chip through smoky eggplant dip on a green plate.

Smoky Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghanoush)

  • Author: Kate Alexandra
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Impress your guests with this smoky eggplant dip that uses 5 ingredients and no special equipment. Charring the eggplant straight on a gas hob or BBQ cuts down prep time AND gives the best smoky flavour. Serve with pita chips, flatbreads or focaccia for a very moreish party bite.



For the smoky eggplant dip –

  • 2 large eggplants (aubergine)
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Optional, to garnish –

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Handful of pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dukkah
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley (or mint), chopped


  1. Cook the eggplants. Pierce your eggplants all over with a fork. Line your gas hob with aluminium foil for an easy clean-up, then place the eggplants directly on top of the hob. Cook for about 10 minutes, using tongs to turn the eggplants every couple of minutes so that they cook evenly. You want the skin to be VERY charred all over – they should be super soft and about to fall apart. At this point, transfer them to a mixing bowl and cover with clingfilm. 
  2. Peel the eggplants. Once the eggplants are cool enough to handle, peel the skin off and discard it. Place the peeled eggplants on a chopping board and cut the tops off. Chop the peeled flesh as finely as you like – I tend to chop mine finely as I prefer a dip that’s a little smoother, but you can keep it as chunky as you like.
  3. Mix the dip. Transfer the chopped eggplant back into the mixing bowl. There will be a little pool of dark liquid in there. I personally like to leave this in as it has so much smoky flavour and helps to loosen up the dip, but you can remove it if you like. Add 1/3 cup of tahini, 4 crushed garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of salt and the juice of a lemon. Mix well to combine into a cohesive dip. Taste, then add a little more salt if it needs it.
  4. Garnish and serve. Spoon the dip out onto a serving plate or into a bowl, then drizzle with the olive oil. Scatter over the flat-leaf parsley, dukkah and pomegranate seeds, then serve. 


STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: The dip will keep really well in the fridge for 5 days, so it’s perfect for making ahead of time. 

NO GAS HOB? No problem! Just pierce your eggplants, then roast in the oven at 200C/390F for about 50 minutes, turning at the halfway point, until super soft all the way through. You can also cook them on the barbecue (same technique as in the recipe though it tends to take a little longer on the barbecue).

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: I love to serve it with a selection of different dips, and a big pile of pita chips, soft flatbreads or focaccia. It also pairs fabulously with lamb (try it in this juicy Greek lamb burger or with lamb koftas), or harissa grilled chicken, chicken shawarma wraps, honey harissa halloumi or as a topper for toast.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: dips
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Keywords: baba ghanoush, eggplant dip


I’m Kate, the creator behind Dished. I love creating flavour packed, simple (ish) recipes for you, designed for every day and special occasions.





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