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Grilled Graffiti Eggplant recipe - Delicious and tender with fantastic flavor!

Today’s recipe for Grilled Graffiti Eggplant is another quick and delicious dish that is perfect for any summertime meal!  Grilling is one of my favorite ways to prepare eggplant – and this delicious grilled graffiti eggplant couldn’t be any simpler to make!

First cut the graffiti eggplant in half lengthwise, and make cross hatch cuts into the flesh (this helps the eggplant cook more quickly).  Then spread each half with a wonderful, flavorful paste made from olive oil, fresh garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Grilled Graffiti Eggplant recipe - Delicious and tender with fantastic flavor!

Next – grill the eggplant for a few minutes on each side – you want the eggplant to be soft and cooked through, but not overly mushy.   Then sprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.  This grilled graffiti eggplant is soft, tender and slightly caramelized with amazing flavors!

When making this dish, be sure to look for the long, skinnier eggplant varieties – we used graffiti eggplant (also sometimes called confetti eggplant) with a beautiful, mottled, purple and white skin.  Japanese eggplant will also work well in this dish.

Grilled Graffiti Eggplant recipe - Delicious and tender with fantastic flavor!

You don’t want to use the more commonly-found Italian eggplant variety which is larger and fatter with the dark purple skin – it doesn’t have the same tender consistency as the graffiti eggplant.

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Grilled Graffiti Eggplant - A Family Feast

Grilled Graffiti Eggplant

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 3 graffiti, confetti or Japanese eggplants
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat grill to medium.
  2. Cut tip from eggplants and halve lengthwise. With a sharp knife, make cross hatch marks by scoring one way then the opposite way on the cut side of each eggplant.
  3. In a small food processor, (like this one), mix oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper until an oily paste forms.
  4. Spread this on the cut side of the eggplants and grill cut side down for 5 minutes. Gently turn and cook for two to five minutes on the skin side until they are cooked through but not mushy soft.
  5. Top with grated cheese and serve immediately.

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  • Melissa wrote:

    I want to try your grilled graffiti eggplant recipe as I bought some of these for the first time. I was going to try grilling this in my oven . Have you ever tried doing this? How long do you suggest I broil it or do you think that would be too high of a heat?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Melissa – We haven’t tried broiling this eggplant but I think it would work. I’m not sure of timing – probably just minutes so keep a close eye on it. An alternative to outside grilling would also be to use a ribbed pan on the stovetop. Hope that helps!

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche wrote:

    LOVE THIS! Sometimes as a vegetarian it’s hard to know what to put on the BBQ other than just plain veg, but the garlicky dressing on this sounds incredible! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Becca!

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