When eggplant and zucchini are in season, it’s time to bake up a batch of this Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini! It’s a simple, hands-off side dish to prepare for any night of the week and it takes less than 30 minutes!

roasted eggplant and zucchini drizzled with balsamic vinegar and garnished with basil

Why We Love This Recipe For Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini

After refreshing my Roasted Eggplant Salad recipe I thought it would be good to share more ways to incorporate eggplant into our lives. We’ve already done Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate Molasses Feta and Mint (a personal favorite) and Smoky Ratatouille with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts (give me all the goat cheese!), but I wanted to scale it back a bit and really highlight the pure flavor of the fruit. 

That’s right – fruit! Did you know that eggplant is technically classified as a berry? That means this Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini side dish is actually a serving of both fruits and vegetables – if you pair it with a protein we’re covering nearly all of our bases here! 

While eggplant and zucchini are very different, they’re actually a natural pairing. Not only are they both in season at the same time, but they also cook at the same rate which makes it so easy for us to throw them on a sheet pan together and let them roast to the perfect tenderness at the same time.

Throw this simple dish together and pair it with something like grilled greek boneless chicken thighs, or garlic herb grilled chicken, and then come back here and tell us how you’re an eggplant convert!

Key Ingredients for This Recipe

eggplant, zucchini, vinegar, basil, and seasonings

Zucchini

Zucchini is a chameleon ingredient in the sense that it can work in such a wide variety of recipes, but it can sometimes be tricky to cook. It has a really high water content and it doesn’t brown as easily as we all want it to, so for this recipe, we’ll cook it at a high temp for a shorter amount of time. To help things along, make sure your zucchini is cut into chunks of about 1-inch.

Eggplant

When choosing your eggplant, it should feel firm but have a little bit of give. Sort of like a ripe avocado. To prepare it for this dish, peel the skin (or don’t!) and then chop the remaining eggplant into 1-inch cubes. Eggplant is also very absorbent, so make sure you coat it evenly while seasoning so that the flavor is distributed throughout the cubes and not limited to one side.

Aged Balsamic

Aged balsamic is a much better choice than regular balsamic of modena because aged balsamic is a more complex vinegar made with a lot of time and care out of Trebbiano and Lambrusco wines. I would go with aged balsamic for this recipe, but a balsamic glaze is a less-expensive alternative.

Additional Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh basil

Step By Step Instructions To Make This Oven Baked Zucchini and Eggplant Recipe

preheat the oven and toss the eggplant and zucchini in seasonings

Step 1: Preheat

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Step 2: Toss Eggplant and Zucchini in Seasonings

Toss the eggplant, zucchini, olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl before spreading it out on a large rimmed baking sheet.

roast and serve eggplant and zucchini

Step 3: Roast

Roast the eggplant and zucchini, stirring occasionally, until they are softened and browned in spots. This should take about 20 minutes.

Step 4: Serve

Transfer the roasted eggplant and zucchini to a serving platter and sprinkle it with basil and drizzled vinegar before serving. This dish can be served hot, room temperature, or cold.

FAQs and Expert Tips

Is the eggplant peel edible?

Yes! Whether or not you peel your eggplant is up to you. Keep in mind that when an eggplant gets older or larger the peel will get bitter and we certainly don’t want that! I do enjoy the texture of the peel though, so I like to keep mine on if it’s at the perfect ripeness.

Do I need to salt my zucchini and eggplant beforehand to remove some of the moisture content?

While you will season them with salt before roasting, you don’t need to let it sit to remove moisture. The high oven temperature will make sure both the zucchini and eggplant cook optimally – just remember to stir and flip them a couple of times throughout the roasting process.

Variations to Try

Instead of basil and balsamic, try some other variations:

  • Use another herb instead of basil such as dill or parsley
  • Omit the balsamic and use lemon juice instead
  • Toss the cubed veggies with za’atar seasoning before roasting. Drizzle with lemon tahini dressing
  • Give it a Caesar-inspired flair and add in garlic in the last 10 minutes of roasting. Then finish with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

More Recipes to Try

  • Make the perfect Roasted Asparagus with a couple of simple ingredients. No mushy asparagus here!
  • This Roasted Beets recipe is the easiest way to prepare the most flavorful beet side dish!
  • Naturally gluten-free and paleo, Simple Roasted Parsnips are the side dish you’ve been looking for to spice up your weeknight meals. 
  • Turn your favorite summer squash into a healthy and tasty side dish with this Easy Sauteed Zucchini in just 12 minutes!
  • Easy Grilled Zucchini with balsamic glaze – can a dish get any more summery!?
  • If you have as much zucchini around as I do, make this Easy Zucchini Soup Recipe topped with scallions and corn!
  • Naturally sweetened and packed with oats and zucchini, Zucchini Oat Bread is about to change your life (and it’s healthy!).
  • Be careful, if you add chocolate chips your Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread won’t last more than a few minutes on your counter!
roasted 1 inch cubes of eggplant and zucchini on a baking sheet

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roasted eggplant and zucchini on a sheet pan

Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini


  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This recipe for Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini is fast (ready in less than 30 minutes), healthy and the perfect way to bake up summer fresh zucchini and eggplant together. It’s a great side dish, can be used for meal prep or add it to pasta or Buddha bowls.


Ingredients

Scale

1 large eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Toss eggplant, zucchini, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread out on a large rimmed baking sheet. 
  3. Roast, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are softened and browned in spots, about 20 minutes. 
  4. Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with basil and drizzle with vinegar before serving. Can be served hot, room temperature or cold.

Notes

Ingredient Note: 

Aged balsamic is a much better choice than regular balsamic of modena because aged balsamic is a more complex vinegar made with a lot of time and care out of Trebbiano and Lambrusco wines. I would go with aged balsamic for this recipe, but a balsamic glaze is a less-expensive alternative.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Active Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Calories: 109
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: Eggplant and Zucchini, Roasted Eggplant and Zucchini, Baked zucchini and eggplant, zucchini eggplant recipe