Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Grilled eggplant with tahini sauce is cooked until tender and smoky then drizzled with a creamy, tahini-lemon sauce.

Drizzling tahini sauce on grilled eggplant.

Grilling is one of the best cooking methods to maximize flavor, especially when it comes to vegetables! As the vegetables hit the heat, their natural sugars begin to caramelize resulting in a sweet and smoky veggie that anyone will be excited to eat – even littles! To take it even one step further, I love drizzling grilled vegetables (and meats for that matter!) with a quick and easy tahini sauce made with lemon and garlic. With that in mind, today I’m sharing a family favorite, my Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce.


  • Eggplant: While it gets a bad rap and can be bitter, it can also be deliciously creamy in texture, and caramelize to be slightly sweet and nutty.
  • Olive oil: My cooking oil of choice, and it helps the eggplant grill perfectly.
  • Tahini: Made from sesame seeds and a common ingredient in Middle Eastern sauces and dips, tahini has a warm and nutty taste.
  • Lemon juice: Bright and fresh, and one of my favorite flavors, it adds needed acidity to the sauce.
  • Salt: Enhances the other flavors of the eggplant and the tahini sauce.
  • Garlic: Adds pungent, aromatic, delicious flavor to the sauce.

How to Make Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Liz Slicing Eggplant

To start, simply slice the eggplant into thick rounds. You can certainly slice the eggplant the long way, but I find the rounds are a little easier to slice.

Liz Brushing Eggplant with Oil

Next, brush olive oil on each side of the eggplant round. Note: eggplants are little sponges, similar to mushrooms, so you’ll want to use a brush for even-coating. If you simply drizzle, the eggplant might soak up more than you really need.

Seasoning Eggplant

Once you’ve brushed the eggplant with olive oil, season each side with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

Liz Flipping Eggplant 2

To grill, place rounds over high heat and grill until smoky, sweet and tender, about 9-10 minutes total.

Liz Whisking Tahini Sauce

When the eggplant is grilling, this is a great time to whip up the tahini sauce by whisking together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. If you want a little heat, add a pinch of cayenne (or two.)

Grilled eggplant with tahini sauce.

To serve, drizzle the tahini sauce over the warm eggplant right after it gets off the grill. Garnish with fresh herbs like mint or parsley!

Frequently asked questions

How far in advance can I make tahini sauce?

You can prep the tahini sauce up to 3 days in advance. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

What if I don’t have a grill?

You could also make roasted eggplant, and cook the eggplant in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 and roast about 20 minutes.

What else can I eat tahini sauce with?

My favorite things to put tahini sauce on are vegetables and meats, like my Lebanese Kafta Kebabs.

grilled eggplant with tahini sauce on a plate

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Liz Eating Grilled Eggplant

If you have leftovers, my grilled eggplant with tahini sauce is great chopped into bite-sized pieces and tossed in pastas or salads throughout the week.

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Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce

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Eggplant is grilled until tender and smoky then drizzled with a creamy, tahini-lemon sauce.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes

Recipe Video


  • 1 eggplant (sliced into thick rounds)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • minced fresh parsley or mint (optional garnish)

Tahini Sauce

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (or more, to thin)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 pinch cayenne (optional)


  • Pre-heat grill to high heat and brush both sides of eggplant with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste then grill until tender, about 4-5 minutes per side, rotating twice on each side before flipping.
  • While eggplant is grilling, whisk together tahini sauce in a small bowl.
  • Remove eggplant from grill and place on a platter. Serve eggplant warm with tahini sauce drizzled on top. Garnish with fresh mint or parsley if you wish.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 299mgPotassium: 331mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 26IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

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One response to “Grilled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce”

  1. Becca Avatar

    The tahini sauce was good but very salty. Wish it had called for a quarter tsp not a half

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.