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Moroccan Pickled Eggplant |

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


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.


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.


  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.


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.


  • 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