A cucumber digging into a bowl of homemade baba ghanouj

BEST Baba Ganoush

Make the best homemade baba ganoush with this simple recipe made with a few ingredients. Also known as baba ghanouj, this healthy flavorful dip recipe is made with roasted eggplant, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and garlic. 

If you’re looking for other easy dip recipes, try Buffalo Chicken Dip or Pumpkin Spice Hummus.

A bowl of baba ganoush with olive oil and parsley.

Homemade baba ganoush is one of our favorite healthy snacks. It’s a versatile dish that tastes great with a variety of dishes. Serve it as a snack with homemade Pita Chips or serve it as an appetizer or side dish for dinner. The options are endless to enjoy this tasty Mediterranean spread packed with flavor!

making roasted eggplant for baba ganoush

What is baba ganoush?

Baba ganoush is a thick dip or sauce that is made from cooked eggplant, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and garlic. It’s common in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine and has a similar texture to hummus.

Baba ganoush is often served as a dip with fresh vegetables, bread or crackers. You can also serve it as a spread on sandwiches and more.

How to make baba ganoush

Combine a few simple ingredients together with cooked eggplant to make homemade baba ganoush. We like to roast the eggplant for this recipe.

  • First, roast the eggplant.
  • Next, add the cooled eggplant to a food processor with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and olive oil.
  • Serve the baba ganoush with sliced bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, pita, Naan and/or crackers.

white bowl with baba ganoush

Tips for making baba ghanouj recipe

  • Cook the eggplant any way you like. We recommend roasting or grilling the eggplant for the best flavor.
  • You can freeze baba ganoush but we don’t recommend it because eggplant does not freeze well.
  • Use high quality olive oil and always freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • This dish is nutritious and relatively low in calories so it makes a great snack. It’s a good source of vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy fat.

A cucumber digging into a bowl of homemade baba ghanouj

This recipe is one of our favorite go-to healthy snacks. We make a batch to enjoy during the week and then rotate with a few of our other snacks like Cinnamon Spice Pepitas, Pumpkin Hummus, Baked Apple Chips and Key Lime Energy Bites. All of these snacks help keep us fueled up and energized during the day.

Try this baba ghanouj recipe and let us know what you think. We know you’re going to love it!

Baba Ganoush

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
 
Make the best homemade baba ganoush with this simple recipe made with roasted eggplant and a few simple ingredients.
A cucumber digging into a bowl of homemade baba ghanouj
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds eggplant preferably small eggplants
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup tahini stirred
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • kosher salt to taste
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Paprika for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set aside.

  2. Cut eggplants in half, rub the cut side with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place face down on the prepared baking sheet. Roast eggplant until the insides are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.

  3. Allow the eggplant to cool slightly and then scoop out the insides of the eggplant, discarding the skin. Place the insides in a food processor along with tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Process until smooth but still thick. With the processor running, slowly drizzle in the remaining olive oil and process until well mixed.

  4. Transfer baba ganoush to a bowl and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, parsley and a sprinkle of paprika. Serve with sliced bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, pita, Naan and/or crackers.

Notes

  • Store the baba ganoush in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 183, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 424mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 4g, Vitamin A: 44%, Vitamin C: 8%, Calcium: 35%, Iron: 1%

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: baba ganoush, baba ghanouj
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