Marinated Eggplant on the BBQ with Tomatoes and Asparagus

Smokey charred eggplant from the BBQ

Marinated Mushrooms on the BBQ

It is really nice to come home from work, turn the heater on, and light the BBQ. With a bit of forethought, I had remembered to marinate some eggplant in the morning and left it to sit for the day in the fridge. Eggplant has a wonderful ability to absorb flavours, and the smokiness that cooking it on a hot plate on the BBQ makes a surprisingly divine dish.

While the BBQ is hot, cook some side dishes too – tomatoes, onions, fennel, asparagus, capsicum – there are so many vegetables that are also BBQ-friendly. And the aromas that surround you while they are cooking! Aaah, life is good.

Are you looking for other Eggplant dishes? Try Eggplants in a Creamy Peanut Gravy, Baked Eggplant Stuffed with Cheese andΒ Tomatoes, and Aubergines in Coconut Milk.

Feel free to browse all of our Eggplant recipes. Or you might like to browse all of our BBQ recipes. Or explore our Early Autumn recipe collection.

Tomatoes and Onions with Marinated Eggplant on the BBQ

Marinated Eggplant on the BBQ with Onions, Tomatoes and Asparagus

In the morning, cut a couple of aubergine/eggplants into largish chunks and drizzle them liberally with EVO oil. Then add the juice of a lemon, a teaspoon of cumin powder, 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, and the needles from a couple of branches of rosemary. After a good stir, put the bowl into the fridge until the evening. The aubergine works its magic and soaks up all of the marinade in that time.

Home from work, turn on the BBQ on and put the hotplate in place.

While the BBQ heats, prepare a salad or side dishes. For example, you might like to slice some onions and pop them on the hot plate with the eggplants. Or plunge asparagus into boiling water for about 2 minutes, and then dry it off. Let it sit in a tiny bit of olive oil until the BBQ is ready. You could also place cherry tomatoes into a foil pan, drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and salt. A rosemary branch and a branch of curry leaves could be laid over the top.

When the BBQ is hot and the hot plate nicely heated, tip the eggplant onto the hot plate, the onions next to it and the tomatoes in a corner of the hotplate. Toss the eggplant 2 or 3 times in the 10 or 15 minutes it takes to cook. About half way through, add the asparagus to the side of the hotplate and sprinkle them liberally with lemon juice and salt. They need turning once or twice during their cooking.

When all is cooked, and the eggplant is a little charred around the edges, serve with your side dishes some crunchy bread or soft flatbreads.

Marinated Mushrooms on the BBQ

recipe notes
The marinade is very flexible – use whatever you have at hand. Home made Chilli paste or Garlic paste would work wonders, other herbs and spices, a finely diced chilli or two.


Feel free to browse our Eggplant recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse BBQ recipes here and here. Check out our easy Autumn recipes here and here.

Author: Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.

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