These Morroccan-style Pickled eggplants with garlic, coriander seeds and cilantro are a delicious way to preserve your garden eggplant just a little bit longer! Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh herbs; they make the perfect side to any Mediterranean-style meal. 

Moroccan Eggplant Pickles with garlic, coriander seeds and cilantro. A delicious way to preserve your garden eggplant just a little bit longer! Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh herbs, they make the perfect side to any Mediterranean-style meal. | www.feastingathome.com.com #pickledeggplant #eggplantpickles #moroccaneggplant #eggplantsalad #eggplantrecipe #pickles #pickledveggies

The field is tilled before the seed is planted, the garden is weeded before the flower blooms, 
and the self must know stillness before it can discover its true song. Ralph H. Blum

In the Moroccan tradition, the last of summer eggplants are pickled for extended life.  Eggplants are split lengthwise, crisscrossed, with stems still attached, then simmered in a savory pickling liquid infused with garlic cloves and whole coriander seeds until meltingly tender. They are put in a jar and kept in the pickling liquid in the fridge- until ready to serve.  

Before serving, drizzle with good-quality olive oil and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro or Italian parsley leaves. A zesty condiment to almost any meal, these flavorful Moroccan Eggplant Pickles can be thought of as a chilled eggplant “salad” of sorts. They are incredibly delicious, paired with Middle Eastern-style meals or grilled meats like chicken shawarma.

Pickled Eggplant Ingredients

  1. Eggplant: Look for small varieties, colorful, firm, glossy eggplants without blemishes or soft spots. Fairy Eggplants are lovely here. Darker purple colors yield the prettiest results
  2. Vinegar: Use white vinegar for the best vibrant color here.
  3. Garlic: Adds a bold and aromatic flavor to the pickled eggplant. Choose fresh garlic cloves for the best taste.
  4. Whole Spices: Various spices can be added to enhance the flavor profile of the pickled eggplant. We love coriander seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaves, and chilies.
  5. Salt and sugar: Enhances the brine’s flavor and acts as a natural preservative.
  6. Garnish with Olive oil and fresh herbs! Adding fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro can add a vibrant and fresh taste to the pickled eggplant.

Remember to follow a trusted recipe for the specific measurements and instructions on how to pickle the eggplant. Enjoy the tangy and flavorful Moroccan pickled eggplant in salads, sandwiches, or as a tasty appetizer!

How to make Pickled Eggplant

I tried a variety of small varieties of eggplants. The best by far with the darker, fairy eggplant.

Try to use similar-sized eggplants. I have found that the dark purple ones turn out especially pretty. White ones will discolor a bit, so not as pleasing after being pickled.

Split them in half lengthwise, then split again, crisscrossing, keeping stems intact.

Prepare the pickling brine.

Simmer gently until eggplant is tender. Roughly 8-10 minutes.

Moroccan pickled eggplant with garlic, coriander and cilantro. Drizzled with olive oil they make the perfect addition to any meal. | www.feastingathome.com.com

Cool and place in jars, store in the pickling liquid, and refrigerate.

Moroccan pickled eggplant with garlic, coriander and cilantro. Drizzled with olive oil they make the perfect addition to any meal. | www.feastingathome.com.com
The pickled eggplant will last one month in the fridge.
Moroccan pickled eggplant with garlic, coriander and cilantro. Drizzled with olive oil they make the perfect addition to any meal. | www.feastingathome.com.com
To serve them, lay them out on a plate or platter.
Moroccan pickled eggplant with garlic, coriander and cilantro. Drizzled with olive oil they make the perfect addition to any meal. | www.feastingathome.com.com
Sprinkle with fresh herbs- here I’m using cilantro, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Serve as a side to Mezze Platters, Cheese Boards, and Charcuterie boards. 
 
Moroccan pickled eggplant with garlic, coriander and cilantro. Drizzled with olive oil they make the perfect addition to any meal. | www.feastingathome.com.com
On the home front: we catered our very last wedding of the season last weekend- whew!  I have been happily taking more time off, being at home, content with cleaning, organizing, rearranging, and de-cluttering. This is the time of year Brian goes on his annual backpacking trip with his buddies, and I get the house all to myself for one whole glorious week, and it is heavenly.  How good and healthy it is for relationships to have a little breathing space, like oxygen for a fire.
 
I hope you enjoy these! xo
 

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Pickled Eggplant

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x
  • Category: Pickling, Preserved
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Moroccan
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Moroccan Eggplant Pickles with garlic, coriander seeds and cilantro. A delicious way to preserve your garden eggplant just a little bit longer! Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh herbs, they make the perfect side to any Mediterranean-style meal.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar (5 percent acidity)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 5 large garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 1/2 lbs assorted baby eggplants, with stems ( fairytale eggplant or small Japanese)
  • olive oil and cilantro or parsley for serving
  • optional additions- other whole spices, bay leaves, dried or fresh chilies, chili flakes, sliced onion, etc.

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, bring first 6 ingredients to a simmer.
  2. Slit each eggplant from the blossom end almost to the stem lengthwise, then once more into 4 quarters -so that eggplant splays into four “fingers” attached to the stem end. See photo.
  3. Place eggplant in simmering liquid and gently simmer 8-10 minutes or until eggplant is tender. ( Bigger ones will obviously take longer, mini ones shorter)
  4. Using tongs place eggplant in a jar, stems up, and pour the pickling liquid over top. Refrigerate 12 hours.
  5. To serve, place eggplant on a platter, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh cilantro or Italian parsley.
  6. Makes a one-quart jar, and keeps up to 4 weeks in the fridge.

Notes

Feel free to add other pickling spices- fennel seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds, etc.

Pale eggplants tend to turn brown- so I typically pick out deep purple ones for this recipe.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ cup eggplant
  • Calories: 34
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 119 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.4 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Comments

  1. Have made this recipe many times and it has been a great success. Have varied the aromatics according to what has been available, especially enjoy with added mild to medium red chilis. This recipe has also worked well with sections of larger but thin eggplant cut in the same manner as described. A really great recipe.






  2. I think you mean cut lengthwise not crosswise. Right? “Slit each eggplant from blossom end almost to stem end twice, crosswise, so that eggplant splays into four “fingers” attached to the stem end.” Lengthwise matches the pic. Anyway. Maybe English English vs American English. Will try it and see what happens! Will let you know!

    1. Yes, Sarah, lengthwise. Like the photo! I updated the recipe card to clarify. 🙂

  3. Absolutely delicious! I can’t believe the difference a few simple ingredients and a couple of days make. These are now a firm favourite. Will experiment with additional flavours next time.






  4. This recipe is beautiful. It was so easy to make and the results were delicious. I had some large aubergines and was going away for a week so decided to pickle. I extended the cooking time and used a large jar but the result was wonderful.






  5. So excited to find this recipe! On vacation my hubby and I found a Mediterranean cafe that served pickled eggplant stuffed with walnuts and something else. They were amazing! Going to try this ASAP.

  6. Added some red pepper flakes; didn’t need oil or anything else. Perfect as is! Much better than my pickles, said my husband!

  7. These are so very good. I have half a jar still sitting in the fridge. This will be one of my aubergine go to recipes for years to come. Next batch I will attempt to water bath it. Since I am almost at sea level ten min should do. Have you tried long term storage of them to enjoy in winter?

  8. Hi Sylvia,
    Very simple and quick to make. I had a quart jar done in less than an hour. I sampled it after five days and thought the white vinegar taste was a little bit strong. I tried again after ten days and it was less noticeable. Have you or anyone else out there tried a different type of vinegar with this recipe? I love finding different ways to preserve the season’s harvest and this was so quick as compared to canning.

    1. Hi Terry! I need to remake this recipe. It’s been a long time…I think a different vinegar would work just fine.

  9. Thanks for the inspiration! I did a slightly different version here, more of an antipasto: http://theweeklypickle.com/week-49-pickled-eggplant/ …delish!

    1. Hi Susie, I’m not sure about the recipe for canning. I think you may want to search around for something specifically for that. You may want to read this…I found some useful links here.

  10. I absolutely love eggplant but have never thought of pickling it before. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  11. I am so intimidated by eggplant, but this looks like a recipe I can handle. Love your gorgeous photos!

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