Do I have to throw away bitter eggplant after I have baked it? Can something be done or do I have to throw it away?

  • IME, peel it beforehand is the only way that works.
    – Ecnerwal
    May 30, 2016 at 1:53

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Some extra salt will help hide the bitterness, but obviously that only goes so far before it's too salty.


I was roasting cubed eggplant and cherry tomatoes in the oven. Took one out to taste it and it was very BITTER! I did not have time to salt them first before cooking. I removed them from the roasting tray and put the eggplant into a hot frying pan with olive oil and constantly stirring it to encourage all the moisture to leach out. Then I added 1/4 teaspoon of granulated sugar and 2 Tablespoons of milk and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. It removed and disguised all the bitterness. Hope this helps.


As already baked, I don't think so, it is possible to remove the bitterness. But you can make a curry (check some Indian recopies) with baked eggplant. It may help.

To avoid this problem in future: Cut the eggplant in a salty water. Then drain it and bake it. Salt water will reduce its bitterness.

[edited based on the comment. Thanks Stephie]

  • The question clearly asks for dealing with bitterness after baking. While I agree that your method works in raw eggplants and hence helps *next time the asker prepares them, it does not solve the problem at hand.
    – Stephie
    May 30, 2016 at 8:10

Try Chinese eggplant next time. Very little or no bitteress. They are the long and thin one usually found at Asian groceries.

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    While this might be good advice for next time, how does it help now?
    – gnicko
    Feb 20, 2022 at 2:05

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