Sesame Crusted Eggplant Recipe: Baba Ga”not”

Sesame Crusted Eggplant

I wanted to do a little something different with my eggplant this time.  Sesame Crusted Eggplant with Lemon and Garlic is what I came up with.  I guess you could say it is sort of a cutlet form of baba ganoush, but obviously the results are quite different, hence  baba ga”not”.

The recipe is really quite simple, and although the sesame seeds do end out creating almost a form of breading, they are merely sprinkled on the top.  Through the roasting process they end out adhering to the eggplant, and provide a fun texture to the dish.

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Sesame Crusted Eggplant “Babaga-Not”
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Calories: 171
  • Fat: 15
  • Saturated fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 9
  • Sodium: 123
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 3

Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
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Sesame Crusted Eggplant is an easy Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian appetizer recipe, which is also gluten free.
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • ½ tbs lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup raw sesame seeds
  • toasted sesame oil (for drizzling)
  • lemon zest
  1. Cut off the ends of the eggplant, and slice the skin off in strips leaving a roughly 1 inch section of skin between each slice. The slice into cutlets about ½ an inch thick.
  2. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice and salt. Chop the garlic an stir in, then baste the eggplant with it, use all of it, but don’t just dump it on, the eggplant will absorb it too FAST.
  3. Preheat oven to 375.
  4. Arrange the eggplant slices on baking sheet. Sprinkle ½ the sesame seeds on top, then gently flip the slices over (most of the seeds will either stick or land under the eggplant and adhere during baking). Sprinkle with remaining seeds.
  5. Roast for 20 minutes, then flip and roast for about 20 more.
  6. Plate the eggplant slices, then top with a drizzle of sesame oil and some fresh lemon zest.

Sesame Eggplant Recipe


  1. says

    Genious!!! I love sesame seeds and think these would make the perfect crust. YUMMY, I can’t wait to try this out.

  2. says

    I have never actually made eggplant myself in any way shape or form. I need to try cooking with it sometime.

  3. says

    I don’t think I’ve ever had eggplant before. Just never crossed my mind to try and cook it. I know my hubby doesn’t like it, maybe that’s why I’ve never tried.

  4. says

    Of all the vegetables, eggplant is the one I’ve cooked with the least. This looks so delicious, and I’ll definitely give it a try!

  5. says

    my husband loves eggplant parm. I love this take on the crust rather than traditional bread crumbs.

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