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Turkish Eggplant Caviar

Turkish Eggplant Caviar

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  • Author: Alyssa Holder
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


This eggplant caviar recipe is Turkish style, creamy and smoky. It’s terrific for appetizers or entertaining in the warmer months.


  • 2 large eggplants
  • 1 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (150 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Olives, pitted and halved
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Dill, chopped
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • Flatbread


Prepare the Eggplants

  1. Roast the Eggplants:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the eggplants on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes until the skin is charred and the inside is soft.
    • Alternatively, you can roast the eggplants by rotating them over a low flame on the stove until the skin is charred and the inside is soft.
  2. Peel and Prep the Eggplants:
    • While the eggplants are still warm, hold them by the stem and peel off the skin.
    • Remove the stem and discard any parts that contain a majority of the seeds.
    • Transfer the peeled eggplants to a deep bowl.

Make the Eggplant Caviar

  1. Mash and Season:
    • Gradually add the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to the eggplant while mashing it with a fork until it reaches a smooth consistency.
    • Adjust seasoning to taste.
  2. Cool the Mixture:
    • Allow the eggplant caviar to cool to room temperature.

Garnish and Serve

  1. Garnish:
    • Once cooled, transfer the eggplant caviar to a serving dish.
    • Garnish with chopped parsley, dill, pitted and halved olives, and chopped tomato.
  2. Serve:
    • Serve the eggplant caviar with flatbread on the side for dipping.


  • Roasting Method: Roasting the eggplants on an open flame gives them a smoky flavor, while oven roasting makes the process easier and less messy.
  • More Smoke: Roast the eggplants on a charcoal grill, or smoke in a smoker for additional depth of flavor.
  • Texture: For a smoother texture, you can use a food processor instead of a fork to puree the eggplant.
  • Serving Suggestions: This dish can also be served as a dip with pita chips or as a spread on sandwiches.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Turkish


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 175
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 430mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0g
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