Creamy, savory, smoky eggplant dip with tahini, garlic and citrus, this authentic baba ganoush recipe is a must-try! Expert tips + video.

Baba ganoush (smoky eggplant dip), finished with. olive oil and toasted pine nuts with pita wedges

People of the Mediterranean sure love their dips! From Greek tztaziki to hummus, muhammara, and, of course, baba ganoush! I mean, what better way to kick-start your dinner than a creamy, dreamy dip and some homemade pita to go with it?!

I'm excited to share with you my family's baba ganoush recipe (smoky eggplant dip), complete with a few secrets that make all the difference!

What is Baba Ganoush?

Baba ganoush--also known as baba ganouj, muttabal, or salat hatzilim--is a smoky, rich, and creamy eggplant dip, traditionally made by mixing tender roasted (or charred) eggplant and nutty tahini with garlic, citrus, and spices.

The literal meaning of baba ganoush or baba ganouj is "spoiled dad," referring to the fact that when you eat it, you just can't help but feel a bit spoiled! There is a reason the French call it caviar d’aubergines, it is that delectable!

Luckily, this eggplant dip is easy to make at home, and I'm excited to share with you my family's recipe complete with tips for how to make baba ganoush perfectly every time!

Baba ganoush ingredients

Let's walk through the simple ingredients you need to make it:

  • Eggplant. I use 2 smaller eggplant. Italian eggplant or the smallest glove eggplant you can find work best, they will have less seeds and the flesh is tender and not bitter.
  • Tahini paste. Tahini paste is made of toasted sesame seeds. I use Soom tahini made of 100% roasted and pressed organic Ethiopian White Humera sesame seeds offering a creamy texture and a nutty flavor.
  • Garlic. 1 to 2 fresh garlic cloves, depending on how garlicy you enjoy your dips.
  • Lemon juice. Citrus gives this eggplant dip a nice lift. You can make it as subtle or lemony as you like.
  • Greek Yogurt (secret optional ingredient) If you're going for a vegan baba ganoush, omit the yogurt, but otherwise it is a great way to thicken the dip, making it even more creamy, while also enhancing the color turning it from a deep beige to something a little brighter and more appealing.
  • Seasonings. Salt and pepper, of course. If you like, add a bit of Sumac and cayenne pepper for heat.
  • Extra virgin olive oil. A drizzle of a rich and peppery extra virgin olive oil over this dip is the perfect way to finish it!
  • Garnish. If you like, add toasted pine nuts and some chopped fresh parsley to serve.
baba ganoush eggplant dip on a platter with vegetables and pita wedges

How to make baba ganoush

Baba ganoush is easier to make than you think, you'll start by cooking the eggplant (either by grilling over open flame or baking it in the oven), and then mixing it with the remaining ingredients to make a delicious dip! Here is how:

  • Grill or bake the eggplant. Grill the eggplant whole over an open flame over medium-high heat (I used my gas burner, but you can cook it on the grill), turning occasionally, with a pair of tongs, until the eggplant has fully charred on the outside and the flesh has collapsed and softened (about 15 to 20 minutes).
    Alternatively, you can roast the eggplant in a high-heated oven. Int his case, cut the eggplant in have and place it flesh side down on a large lightly-oiled baking sheet and roast at 425 F for about 40 minutes or until the eggplant is very soft and cooked through.
  • Cool and Drain Well. Put the cooked eggplant in a colander and, using a knife, open it up a big so that it will cool quickly and drain its juices. Push down on the eggplant with the back of the spoon so that any excess water will drain well.

    Eggplant cooked directly over a high-heat gas burner
  • Peel off the skin. When cool enough to handle, peel the charred skin off the eggplant and the stem and discard (Note: if you baked the eggplant instead, you may simply need to scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
  • Gently mix the eggplant with the tahini and remaining ingredients. At this point, make sure your eggplant is fully cooled and is rid of excess water, then transfer it to a large bowl. Add in the tahini (a good ¼ cup for rich and nutty flavor), minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, and, the optional secret ingredient, about 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt. Season with a good pinch of kosher salt, and if you like, a little sumac and Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes, if you like heat. Using a wooden spoon, mix gently to combine.
  • Chill. If you have the time, cover the baba gnoush and chill it in the fridge for a few minutes or sit it aside while you work on something else
  • Serve. Spread the baba ganoush on a serving rimmed plate or bowl and drizzle with a good bit of extra virgin olive oil. Finish with toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley.
Baba ganoush dip topped with olive oil and toasted nuts and served with bell peppers, cucumbers and pita bread wedges

What to serve with it

Obviously, I'm a big fan of serving babaganoush the traditional way with pita bread to dip. But you can use baba ganoush in different ways:

  • As a spread. Just smear a bit of baba ganoush on sandwich bread. It will add so much more dimension and flavor to an ordinary sandwich!
  • As part of a larger mezze platter
  • As a side to grilled lamb chops or chicken kabobs
  • To create the perfect dinner bowl! Add baba ganoush next to your favorite protein and a side salad for the perfect dinner bowl (something like I did with chicken shawarma bowls here).

5 Important tips for the best baba gnoush:

  1. If you're looking for the best smoky flavor, grill your eggplant (whole) over open flame until fully charred on all sides. Like I mentioned earlier, you can always roast the eggplant in the oven, if that is all that is available to you. But if you have access to a gas burner, that is the best way to get the smokiest eggplant dip! (Tip: cover up around the burner with some foil like I do in the video, it can get messy)
  2. Don't skip the draining step, no one likes a watery baba ghanouj!
  3. For best consistency and texture, do not use a food processor or a blender. Instead, stir gently using a wooden spoon. This eggplant dip is meant to be creamy and rustic with some texture, it is not meant to be extra smooth. If you do really want to use a food processor, only pulse a few times to combine so that it does not turn watery.
  4. Chill or set aside for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the dip to thicken (chilling will help it).
  5. For vegan Baba Ganoush, simply omit the Greek yogurt. I use a little bit, and I think it does help the consistency and texture, but can certainly do without.

More Recipe FAQs

Is baba ganoush healthy?

Although it tastes super rich, creamy, and delightful indulgent, you can see from the list of ingredients that it is a healthy option. The main ingredient here is eggplant, which is a great source of vitamin B, vitamin E, fiber, and antioxidants. Plus, we have things like garlic, citrus, and tahini, which is also rich in nutrients and contains some anti-inflammatory properties. Baba ganoush is Mediterranean diet friendly, vegetarian (vegan if you don't use the yogurt), and fairly low in carbs.

What is the difference between hummus and baba ganoush?

Both are popular delicious dips throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. But, they are two very different dips. While hummus is made of cooked chickpeas with tahini, garlic, and citrus, the star ingredient in baba ganoush is eggplant (grilled or roasted).
The preparation method is also different. Hummus is meant to be silky smooth, and it is prepared in a food processor (see how to make hummus). Baba ghanouj is a more rustic dip that is best prepared by gently mixing the cooked eggplants with the rest of the ingredients using a wooden spoon or a fork. A food processor is not recommended for making this eggplant dip because you do risk the texture as it can easily become runny.

How long will it keep?

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).

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Baba Ganoush Recipe

Suzy Karadsheh
baba ganoush eggplant dip on a platter with vegetables and pita wedges
Here is how to make the best baba ganoush, the smoky, rich, and extra creamy eggplant dip, packed with flavor thanks to tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Grilling the eggplant over open flame will give you the deepest flavor. And if you have the time, allow the dip to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour. It will thicken and the flavors will meld. Be sure to watch the video and read the notes for additional tips!
Prep – 15 minutes
Cook – 20 minutes
Draining and resting time 1 hour
Total – 35 minutes
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Serves – 6 or more people
Appetizer, Dip



  • First, smoke or grill the eggplant. Turn one gas burner on medium-high. Place the eggplant directly over the flame. Using a pair of tongs, turn the eggplant every 5 minutes or so until it is tender and the skin is charred and crispy on all sides (20 minutes.) The eggplant should deflate and become super tender. supposed to. If you don't have a gas burner you can use a grill. You can also roast the eggplant in the oven (see notes).
  • Remove the eggplant from the heat and transfer it to a large colander over a bowl. Allow it to sit and drain for a few minutes until fully cooled and all excess water has been drained (it helps if you open the eggplant up a bit and push on it with a knife or a spoon to help it release its juices).
  • Once the eggplant is cool enough to touch, peel the charred crispy skin off (it should come right off). Discard the skin and the stem (don't worry if a few bits of the skin remain, that is just added flavor).
  • Transfer the cooked and fully drained eggplant to a bowl. Use a fork to break it down into smaller pieces. Add the tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice, Greek yogurt (if using) salt, pepper, sumac, Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flakes. Mix gently with a wooden spoon or a fork until well-combined.
  • Cover the baba ganoush and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • To serve, transfer the baba ganoush to a rimmed serving dish or a bowl. Top with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and toasted pine nuts, if you like. Serve with pita wedges or pita chips and veggies of your choice!



  • To roast the eggplant in the oven instead: heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Trim the eggplant and cut them in half, then salt it and allow it to "sweat out" excess water for about 30 minutes or so. Wipe it off, and arrange the eggplant on a lightly-oiled baking sheet, flesh side down. Roast for about 40 minutes or until very tender and cooked through. Allow the eggplant time to cool a bit, then using a spoon, scoop up the flesh and place it in a bowl. Follow the recipe from step #4. 
  • For best texture, mix the eggplant as directed using a wooden spoon or a fork rather than a food processor. This dip is meant to be creamy but on the rustic side with some texture. 
  • Store leftovers in a tightly-closed container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
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Calories: 86.6kcalCarbohydrates: 8.6gProtein: 3gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 0.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 204.4mgPotassium: 250.2mgFiber: 3.3gVitamin A: 103.6IUVitamin C: 11.8mgCalcium: 30.3mgIron: 0.8mg
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  • This article first appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2015 and has recently been updated with new information and media for readers' benefit. 

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  1. 4 stars
    This recipe tasted very authentic!
    I added extra garlic and roasted the garlic in the oven instead of mincing.
    Very creamy and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    The chef is not only beautiful, but she is funny and adorable on camera. I am a chef myself; and I really appreciate her authentic Mediterranean dishes...truly my favorite food. Caroline du Pre'

  3. I'm sorry but I clicked on "Jump To Video" & read the recipe where it says to roast the eggplant over the open flame "as you do in the video", but there's no video.

    1. Hi, Lisa. The video should appear above the recipe card towards the end of the post. Unfortunately, though, some web browsers block pop ups which, for some reason, also blocks instructional videos. You may need to adjust your browser settings, or try a different browser on your end in order to see them.

  4. 5 stars
    I am new to Baba Ganoush. I was hosting a Mediterranean inspired very small get together for my sister’s birthday and wanted a Mediterranean dip. She loves hummus - I do not, but still planned on making it, UNTIL I stumbled upon Baba Ganoush and the similarities between the two (but without the chickpeas that I dislike about hummus.) I was excited to try something new! It was delicious!! The only problem was that although everyone had heard of Baba Ganoush and wanted to try it, no one had actually tried it - so we had no idea of what it’s supposed to taste like and if I had gotten the recipe right. We all agreed it was super good, but was still curious how close I got it to what it was supposed to be. Then another sister showed up who is a huge fan of Baba Ganoush and has had it many times. She said it was the best she’s every had!! Thank you for a fantastic recipe and making me a Baba Ganoush fan!!

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you Suzy, you are amazing as always... love this recepie more than my own children at times.. haha.. keep it up 10 stars!!

  6. 5 stars
    I made baba ganoush once maybe a decade ago and didn’t do a very good job. It was “meh”. I decided to take another crack at it while older and wiser and BOY am I glad I did! This is 10/10, can’t-stop-eating-it good! I’m THRILLED my husband and toddler don’t care for it because it means more for me 🙂
    I started the eggplant on the stove but had to finish it in the over for fear of the smoke detector during baby naptime. I omitted the greek yogurt and only used about 1/4 tsp of chili flakes since I’m a wimp, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I DID puree it, but not to velvety smooth, it still has a bit of a ‘pulpy’ texture which is perfect. I will absolutely be making this regularly, thank you so much Suzy!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this recipe with a few exceptions because I had only certain ingredients on hand I use lime instead of lemon, and I did not haveAleppo pepper or sumac.

    Everyone seems to have loved it. Also, I did pulse it a few times to the consistency that was familiar. I do agree that to overprocess, it would be a mistake.

  8. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious. I used a food processor to get the consistency I wanted. Just pulsed it a few times.

  9. 5 stars
    O.M.G.!!! I decided to make this with somewhat low personal expectations as I have tried Baba G. a few times at restaurants and it never had much appeal to my taste buds, but this…WOW!
    I used the oven method to cook but next time I will use the oven but pierce each eggplant and roast them whole at 450 straight on the top rack.
    I did not have Sumac so I used 1 TBSP Smoked Paprika plus Penzey’s Grated Lemon Peel as a substitute.
    I used 3 small globe eggplants and opted to add the Greek Yogurt. I used a handheld blender and pulsed to mix, without puréeing, so as to avoid having any stringiness.
    YUM! Thank you for another wonderful recipe, as always it is a huge hit with the family!