How to Cut an Eggplant for Roasting (3 Ways)

By Rena Awada |

There are many ways you cut an eggplant for roasting. Learn how to slice eggplant into lengthwise strips, cubes, and rounds so you can create your favorite eggplant recipes when it comes to grilling, lasagna, and eggplant parmesan!

plates of sliced and cubed eggplant

The thought of how to cut an eggplant can seem intimidating at first, but with a sharp knife and cutting board, you will have your favorite sliced and cubes eggplant ready for roasting in your favorite recipes.

Aubergines are rich in fiber and natural minerals that provide nutrients and vitamins to the body. We are huge fans of eggplant and like it in more ways than frying or roasting. Here are some ideas:

five eggplants on surface

How to Choose Eggplant

Be sure to pick out an eggplant from the garden or store that is slightly firm but still soft to the touch. The color of the eggplant should be a deep hue of purple.

A ripe eggplant is much easier to cut into criss-cross strips, cubes, and rounds than a premature eggplant so are sure it is soft enough to cut through. If the eggplant is too soft, then avoid it as it will be too messy.

How to Cut an Eggplant

With three easy step-by-step methods of cutting and slicing an eggplant, you will learn the easiest way to roast your aubergine. We are going to cover everything you need to know about how to cut eggplant in three different ways.

Cutting the Eggplant into Circular Rounds

First, select a soft yet firm eggplant. Wash the eggplant with cool filtered water then dry it off.

Place the eggplant on a cutting board, then with a sharp knife, carefully slice the stem off the top of the eggplant. This will expose the white inside of the eggplant.

Next, with the eggplant lying on its side, carefully slice a half-inch round circle off of the eggplant as demonstrated below. Continue to slice the even rounds from the eggplant until you have cut through all of the eggplants.

Next, we will talk the eggplant into cubes. Eggplant cubes are great for frying or roasting the eggplant when you want to enjoy it by itself with a little sea salt and pepper.

How to cube an eggplant into Chunks

Start by slicing the stem off the top of the eggplant in addition to the bottom–be sure to slice about a half-inch off the bottom of the eggplant making the bottom flat.

Next, while the eggplant is standing up, carefully slice the eggplant into four long pieces. After that, place the eggplant down on the cutting board flat side down, and cut more slices crisscross against the lengthwise slices.

Continue to cut against the lengthwise slices until you have diced the eggplant into several diced pieces.

How to Slice an Eggplant into Lengthwise Slices

First, start by slicing the top and bottom off the eggplant creating a flat bottom. Next, slice the eggplant straight down the middle with a sharp knife.

Next, cut the eggplant into four pieces from the two halves. After cutting the eggplant into four pieces, slice the eggplant into four more even lengthwise pieces until you have cut all of the eggplant slices.

The results should be even slices that can be used for casseroles, lasagnas, parmesan bakes, and so much more.

slices of eggplant on cutting board

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you cut the skin off eggplant?

No, you do not have to cut the skin off of the plant. The skin of the eggplant provides a nice texture that softens as it cooks. The skin also contains extra nutrients and fiber.

How do you cut and prepare eggplant?

Begin by slicing, cubing, or cutting the eggplant into lengthwise slices. Next, cover the eggplant with neutral cooking oil and lemon juice to cook into your favorite recipes.

What is the healthiest way to cook eggplant?

Brush the eggplant pieces with olive oil, sprinkle with Kosher sea salt and black pepper, then roast the eggplant at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until slightly crispy and brown.

Should eggplants be refrigerated?

Eggplants should be refrigerated if they are not being used right away. Do not leave the eggplant out of the refrigerator for longer than one to two days.

slicing the eggplant in half with a knife

Notes and Tips

  • Cut and slice the eggplant for not only baking and using the stovetop with the oven, but prepared eggplant is also great for grilling.
  • Be sure the eggplant is ripe but not too ripe.
  • Freeze the sliced or cut eggplant in freezer-safe storage bags in the freezer for up to four months. Thaw the eggplant when you are ready to use it–it’s great for meal prep.
  • Use the eggplant for all of your vegetarian needs when you do not want to use meat. Eggplant is a great option for meatless lasagna.

Pair Eggplant with These Dishes

eggplant cut into three different ways with knife

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sliced and cubed eggplant on surface

How to Cut and Slice an Eggplant for Roasting (3 Ways)

There are many ways you cut an eggplant for roasting. Learn how to slice eggplant into lengthwise strips, cubes, and rounds so you can create your favorite eggplant recipes when it comes to grilling, lasagna, and eggplant parmesan!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 3 ways
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • 1 knife
  • 1 cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant ripe

Instructions

How to Cut an Eggplant into Rounds

  • Wash the eggplant with cool filtered water then dry it off.
  • Place the eggplant on a cutting board. Slice the stem off the top of the eggplant.
  • Next, with the eggplant lying on its side, slice ½-an inch round circle off of the eggplant. Continue to slice until all rounds have been sliced off.

How to Cut an Eggplant into Cubes

  • Slice off the top and bottom of the eggplant. While the eggplant is standing up, slice the eggplant into 4 long pieces.
  • Place the eggplant down on the cutting board flat side down, and cut more slices crisscross against the lengthwise slices.
  • Continue to cut against the lengthwise slices until you have diced the eggplant into several diced pieces.

How to Slice an Eggplant into Strips

  • Slice the top and bottom off off the eggplant with a knife. Next, cut the eggplant in half from top to bottom.
  • Next, cut the eggplant into 4 pieces from the two halves. After cutting the eggplant into 4 pieces, slice the eggplant into 4 more even lengthwise pieces until you have cut all of the eggplant slices.

Notes

  • Cut and slice the eggplant for not only baking and using the stovetop with the oven, but prepared eggplant is also great for grilling.
  • Be sure the eggplant is ripe but not too ripe.
  • Freeze the sliced or cut eggplant in freezer-safe storage bags in the freezer for up to four months. Thaw the eggplant when you are ready to use it–it’s great for meal prep.
  • Use the eggplant for all of your vegetarian needs when you do not want to use meat. An eggplant is a great option for meatless lasagna.
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