Smoky Baba Ganoush

This smoky, creamy homemade baba ganoush recipe is a fabulous Middle Eastern dip recipe for your collection!

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There’s a Mediterranean restaurant near my parents’ house that serves an awesome plate of four different dips (and a big bowl of pita bread). I believe it includes a regular hummus, a spicy hummus, a white bean and rosemary dip, and baba ganoush. They are all good, but I always kind of want to ask if I could just replace the other three dips with more baba ganoush. I love it so much!

I’m obviously a big fan of eggplant in general, as evidenced by my eggplant parmesan and grilled eggplant stacks recipes – I even use it instead of noodles for a gluten free lasagna. (There are actually a lot more things I use eggplant for but I do try to space it out a little so this doesn’t turn into The Eggplant Blog.)

how to serve eggplant

Baba ganoush (or baba ghanoushbaba ganushbaba ghannouj or baba ghannoug–Wikipedia offers them all as options) has a wonderfully complex flavor that makes it seem like a much more elaborate dish than it really is.

If you’ve never had baba ganoush, I highly recommend it! Turns out it’s not terribly complicated to make as long as you know the secret trick to getting that fabulous smoky flavor.

How to Make Baba Ganoush

Take an eggplant, and without removing the peel or anything, pop it directly onto a burner on a gas stove. I don’t know if this would work with an electric stove, but I bet it would work with a grill.

cooking egg plant on gas stove

Using tongs (or at least an oven mitt) roast it over medium-high heat until the outside starts to get all black and bubbly – this should take maybe five minutes or so, not too long.

cooking eggplant on gas stove

Then pop it in a pot and let it heat, covered, for about 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Cooked eggplant

Once it’s all nice and soft, take it out of the pot and put it in a bowl. Cut it in half (you’ll want to cut it while it’s in the bowl so you can keep the juices that come out) and scoop out the flesh and seeds from the inside, removing the burnt skin.

Try to get most of the skin out, but a few little pieces are fine, that’s what gives it a great smoky flavor.

cooked eggplant

Once you’ve got the flesh scooped out, stick it in a blender or food processor along with a bit of tahini, lemon juice, sesame seeds, salt, and a small clove of garlic and blend until smooth. Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil and quickly blend just to combine it.

Serve it with some nice warm pita bread, or even just on vegetables or crackers, and you’ve got restaurant-quality homemade smoky baba ganoush!

Baba Ganoush Dip with PIta

Don’t skip the roasting step, it really won’t taste as good without that smoky burnt skin adding depth and flavor. Some recipes claim you can get the great smokey flavor by roasting in the oven under the broiler. My oven couldn’t produce the smokey flavor, but if you don’t have a gas stove give it a try!

Other than that, you can mix it up to your heart’s content – more lemon, more tahini, more garlic, skip the sesame seeds…just have fun!

Baba Ghanoush dip

Smoky Baba Ganoush

Smoky, creamy homemade baba ganoush – a fabulous Middle Eastern dip recipe for your collection! Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Refined Sugar Free
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Keto, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Paleo, Vegan
Keyword: baba ganoush, baba ghanoush
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Jessica Verma



  • Place the eggplant directly on a gas stove burner and heat over medium-high, turning occasionally, until the outer skin is black and bubbling – about five minutes. 
  • Place eggplant in a pot and heat, covered (it’s important that it be covered) over medium heat for about 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  • Remove eggplant from pot and place in a medium bowl. Cut in half and scoop out flesh and seeds, discarding burnt skin (it’s okay if a little bit stays in, just remove most of it).
  • Add eggplant flesh, tahini, lemon juice, sesame seeds, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth – about 30-60 seconds. Add one tablespoon olive oil and blend until just combined.
  • Scoop out onto a serving dish and drizzle with another teaspoon or so of olive oil. Serve sprinkled with za’atar spice blend or oregano and salt. Can be served immediately or refrigerated for a couple of hours before serving.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.2mg
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    16 thoughts on “Smoky Baba Ganoush”

    1. 5 stars
      Delicious. My perfect pitta and dips platter would have baba ghanoush and muhammara (roasted red pepper dip); they both have that delectable smoky flavour. Thanks for the inspiration!

    2. 5 stars
      I was wondering how to get that smokey flavor without a grill and was resorting to liquid smoke. Thanks so much for the tip!

    3. 5 stars
      Looks great! So happy I found your site!! Love to make healthier choices for my family! I think they will like this one! Thanks for sharing!

    4. 5 stars
      This is – by the way – also absolutely delicious with some oven potatoes/wedges. Had it at my birthday party and everyone asked for the recipe… 🙂

    5. I never succeed at getting that smoky flavor you find in the restaurant versions. I blackened it as recommended but I still find it inferior. Any other suggestions?

      • Did you make sure to leave some of the skin in the final mix? The more of the blackened skin you leave in the smokier it will be.

    6. 5 stars
      Looking forward to this, as I am in the middle of making it right now. We have a pepper roaster grate that we bought in Mexico, and that’s what I used to roast the eggplant right on the stove. The grate just goes right over your gas burner. Easy.

      • Nope, it just goes straight in – some people wrap it in foil instead but I use a pot so I don’t have to waste foil.

      • Yeah, I’ve noticed that too! The restaurant I mentioned verified that they don’t, but it’s annoying how often it is in there.

    7. You can roast eggplant in the oven (for those without a grill or gas stove). Cut the eggplant in half, brush with oil, and bake face down.

      I adore baba ganoush! (and eggplant). 🙂

    8. 5 stars
      Delicious. My perfect pitta and dips platter would have baba ghanoush and muhammara (roasted red pepper dip); they both have that delectable smoky flavour. Thanks for the inspiration!