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Delicious creamy restaurant style baba ganoush made with roasted eggplants, garlic, lemon juice, tahini paste, and olive oil! This is a classic baba ganoush recipe that is sure to please everyone!

Homemade Baba Ganoush Recipe | Little Spice Jar (1)Creamy homemade baba ganoush, and with a secret ingredient that makes it taste just as good as your favorite restaurants version of it — and almost better.

I have been chipping and dipping on this baba ganoush for almost 2 weeks now! All by myself. And totally, unintentionally keeping this recipe from you. The truth is, I made baba ganoush to use as sauce on my shawarma bowls (coming soon!) and hadn’t even thought about putting a recipe up on the blog.

Until now that is. Because I use this roasted eggplant dip as a sauce, as a dip, and a spread on sandwiches + naanwiches. And so I thought, well hey now, there’s got to be at least one other person on the planet that wants to put this on everything. I mean, baba ganoush + homemade falafels? Totally meant to be together. Heck you could even replace the tahini dressing in this salad with a dollop of baba ganoush.

The possibilities are endless I tell you!

Homemade Baba Ganoush Recipe | Little Spice Jar (2)The process is simple. You’re going to roast your eggplants until they are all soft and wrinkly. <– Pretty much everything you DON’T want to become in the next 50 years. Keep in mind that we’re roasted them at 375ºF for at least an hour and fifteen minutes and you may actually need a little longer depending on the size of your eggplants. Also, thelonger weroast theeggplants, the smokier the flavor of the baba ganoush. Then place them in a bowl immediately and cover them up. Also, try not to use a metal bowl as it tends to heat up pretty fast when you place a hot object in it. *OUCH*.

Then comes the gross/hands on part. Peel the skin away from the meatand let the meat of the eggplant collect in a sieve. OH and if your eggplant has a TON of seeds, you grab the entire center and just chuck it. Remember to keep as much of the flesh as you can and discard only the center core with the seeds attached. Seeds tend to make baba ganoush a little bitter. And we definitely don’t want that. Add the salt and let it just hang out for a bit. The salt helps remove water which concentrates the flavors a little more. Also, you can freeze the eggplant mixture after this step until you’re ready to make baba ganoush.

Homemade Baba Ganoush Recipe | Little Spice Jar (3)And the SECRETto good baba ganoush is tomake it at least one day ahead of time. <– How perfect is that for parties? You actually HAVE TO make it ahead of time. Like homemade hummus, baba ganoush tastes best when prepared in advanced and refrigerated. Something about all those flavors getting together and flavoring the dip.

I have one major tip that I always applywhen making mytraditional hummus recipeand it applies to baba ganoush too. Blend the garlic, tahini, and lemon juice together before you toss everything else into the food processor. This gives the tahini a chance to loosen up a bit because of the lemon juice and the garlic to break down a little more and flavors more evenly.

Fresh, homemade, and healthy. Oh and I almost forgot to tell you the secret ingredient. It’s YOGURT!Just plain old yogurt and just 2 tablespoons of it really helps bring that tang that you get in restaurant style baba ganoush. I actually saw them make it this way at a local restaurant and have been doing it ever since.

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Yield: ~2 cups

Homemade Baba Ganoush

Delicious creamy restaurant style baba ganoush made with roasted eggplants, garlic, lemon juice, tahini paste, and olive oil! This is a classic baba ganoush recipe that is sure to please everyone!

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  • 2 medium eggplants
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne (or more if you want it spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons EACH olive oil AND yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a metal baking sheet with a sheet of foil. Place a wire baking rack on top, set aside.
  2. ROASTING EGGPLANTS: Pierce holes into the eggplant (about 1/4 inch deep or so) with a knife or fork. Spray the eggplants with cooking spray, place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 65-75 minutes. Turn halfway through the cooking time. If the eggplants have not wrinkled and lightened in color, continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Eggplants are done when easily pierced with knife or fork. You can bake the eggplants for up to 90 minutes if you'd like the baba ganoush to have a deeper flavor. Remove from oven, place the eggplants in a bowl and cover the bowl with foil. Allow the eggplants to steam in the bowl for at least 20-25 minutes. This will help make it easier to peel.
  3. Remove the skin from the eggplants and collect the flesh in a sieve placed over a bowl. Discard the skin. You can remove the center core if your eggplants have too many seeds. Too many seeds will make your baba ganoush bitter. Sprinkle with salt. Give it a good mix and allow the eggplants to drain for 15 minutes. Squeeze out as much water as you can from the eggplants before blending.
  4. ASSEMBLY: Combine the lemon juice, tahini paste, and minced garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Give it a few pulses until smooth. Add the eggplant meat, cumin powder, cayenne, and olive oil to the food processor and process to desired texture. Stir in the yogurt and parsley. Adjust seasonings to preference. Place baba ganoush in a bowl, covered with plastic wrap and allow to cool for at least 8 hours. Serve with pita chips and veggies.


  • You can add additional cumin if you like it to be a bit smokier. We found the 1/4 teaspoon to be perfect for our taste.

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originally published on Mar 3, 2016 (last updated May 17, 2020)

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    Sabrina Reply

    I can’t believe I haven’t made baba ganoush yet! Yours looks amazing!

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    Julia Reply

    Could I use plain Greek yogurt?

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      Marzia Reply


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    Channing Reply

    What kind of yogurt would you suggest?

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      Marzia Reply

      Regular plain yogurt is what I used. Greek yogurt will also do the trick!

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    Suzanne Reply

    How far in advance can you make this before serving and how long does it last?

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      Marzia Reply

      I’ve made it 1-2 days in advance and the flavors actually intensify as it sits. Leftovers will last about 3-4 days when covered and refrigerated.

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    Kate Reply

    Would it be better to peel and seed the eggplant before roasting it? Or does roasting it whole preserve it’s flavor/smokiness?

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      Marzia Reply

      I always roast eggplants with the peel on so not too sure what the outcome would be if you didn’t. I feel it may end up becoming watery. Please use your best judgement.

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    Kate Reply


    I made a batch yesterday and just now tried it and all I want is to sit in front of my favorite Netflix show and eat this all day!!! I eat paleo so I can’t have chickpea hummus which breaks my heart, so having your recipe handy will be so great and making it homemade is always better than store bought. Thank you for sharing, I love it!!


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    Madison Reply

    Hi Marzia! I absolutely love your baba ganoush and make it almost every week… I’m on a new diet and I was wondering if you happened to have the nutritional information for it? I just need the carbs, sugar, fiber, and protein if you know it! Thanks for such a great recipe!

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    Jama Reply

    I tried this recipe and brought it to a picnic.
    so delicous.

    remember, you can always cover the hot bowl with a plate instead of foil, it´s easy to do for the environment.

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    MD Reply

    Can you give approximate weight of 2 medium eggplants?

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What are the ingredients for baba ganoush? ›

Baba ganoush is a Mediterranean eggplant dip made from roasted or grilled eggplant, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Like hummus, it's delicious with pita or fresh veggies, but its silky texture and irresistible smoky flavor set it apart.

How do you get the bitterness out of baba ganoush? ›

If you have extra time, cut your eggplant in half, use a knife to make a few slits in the skin, add salt over the skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes so the bitterness of the eggplant comes out.

How do you know if baba ganoush has gone bad? ›

What are the signs that baba ganoush has gone bad? Indicators include an off-smell, a noticeable change in texture, or the presence of mold. It's important to discard the dip if any of these signs are evident.

How long does baba ganoush last in the fridge? ›

Homemade baba ganoush can be stored in the fridge in a tight-lid container for about 4 days or so (some say up to a week, but mine never lasts that long).

What pairs well with baba ganoush? ›

What to Eat with Baba Ganoush | 11 Easy Recipe Ideas | Best Side Dishes Ideas
  • Condiments. • 1 Hummus.
  • Baking & Spices. • 1 Peppers, Roasted.
  • Bread & Baked Goods. • 1 Flatbread. • 1 Pita bread.
  • Dairy. • 1 Feta cheese.
  • Frozen. • 1 Falafel. • 1 Kebabs.
  • Deli. • 1 Tabbouleh.
  • Other. • Dolma. • Kibbeh. • Kofta.

Is baba ganoush healthy or unhealthy? ›

Baba Ganoush is not only delicious but also packed with nutritional benefits. Eggplants are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, while tahini adds a dose of healthy fats and protein. This makes Baba Ganoush a heart-healthy choice that supports overall well-being.

What spice takes away bitterness? ›

Spices mask bitter flavors, so don't be shy. Add some spicy peppers or powders to your cooking, or sprinkle some onto your dishes for a little bit of extra heat. Black pepper in particular has compounds that counteract bitterness. Some other great spices include cayenne, red pepper, paprika, and chili powder.

Why does baba ganoush taste like cigarettes? ›

Now don't get me wrong, hummus is just as delicious. But this dip has an insanely scrumptious smoky flavor – all thanks to the method of charring eggplants on a grill.

What is the myth of baba ganoush? ›

baba ghanoush, relish with Middle Eastern origins that is made of eggplant (aubergine) blended with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. The Arabic term for the dish means “pampered daddy,” the person in question being, legend has it, a sultan spoiled with a concoction invented by a member of his harem.

Which tastes better hummus or baba ganoush? ›

If you prefer chickpeas over eggplants, then hummus it is. If eggplants taste better for you, then baba ganoush. Nonetheless, there is actually no need to choose between the two. If you don't have a specific preference, it is okay if you choose both—both can go well with pita bread after all.

What is baba ganoush supposed to taste like? ›

Rich, smoky flavor: The unique, smoky taste of Baba Ghanoush comes from roasting the eggplant, which gives it a deep, earthy flavor that people can't get enough of. Creamy texture: Baba Ghanoush has a smooth and velvety texture, making it a perfect dip for pita chips, vegetables, or as a spread in sandwiches and wraps.

What does baba ganoush mean in English? ›

What is baba ganoush? In Arabic, “baba” means father and “ghanoush” means spoiled. This “spoiled dad” dip is the creamier companion to hummus. Popular in Arab countries throughout the Middle East, it is also a common appetizer on the Sephardic Jewish table. In Israel, it is known as eggplant salad, or Salat Hatzilim.

Which is healthier hummus or baba ganoush? ›

3) Health – Both dishes are very healthy, but baba ganoush has a slight edge here with more vitamins from the eggplant and a lower calorie count. 4) Big meal to come – Get baba ganoush, it's less filling than hummus.

Why is baba ganoush bitter? ›

The way you prepare baba ganoush, in fact, solves all three things I hate about eggplant. The bitterness: apparently, much of the bitterness is in the moisture of the eggplant, which is why some people swear by salting it beforehand, which draws out liquid.

What's the difference between hummus and ganoush? ›

One main difference between baba ganoush and hummus is baba ganoush's main ingredient, which is eggplant. In hummus, chickpeas are the primary ingredient. Although the difference seems simple, it makes a huge difference in the taste. Baba ganoush has an earthy taste while hummus has a more nutty tone.

What's the difference between hummus and baba ganoush? ›

The difference is that roasted eggplant forms the base for baba ganoush while chick peas are the backbone of hummus. The roasted eggplant lends this eggplant dip a slightly sweeter, smokier flavor, and a lower fat and calorie count than hummus. Plus it can be easier on the tummy than hard-to-digest chickpeas.

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