Spicy Aubergine (Eggplant) and Red Pepper Tapenade - Dip

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is a "throw it in the oven & blend it all together" recipe which is always a great hit any time of the year. I have called it a Tapenade; a Tapenade contains olives, anchovies & capers normally, with a few regional variations, but this reminded me of the consistency of a Tapenade, so that's what it's called! (There are NO anchovies in this one!) I use this for dips, spreads, sauces, grilled sandwiches plus grilled meat & vegetables. It is very versatile & stores for up to 2 weeks in the fridge - with a coating of olive oil on top. This recipe makes enough to fill a 1lb jar; it is very easy to increase the quantities. Please note, there is no need to salt the aubergines OR take the skin off after they have cooked.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C or 400°F.
  2. Take a sturdy oven proof tin or dish and add the aubergines, red peppers, garlic cloves, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, chili powder and the olive oil.
  3. Mix thoroughly, so everything has a light coating of oil.
  4. Roast in the oven on the top shelf for 30 to 45 minutes, or until charred and tinged brown on the edges and soft to the touch.
  5. Take out and leave to cool slightly.
  6. Add the fresh coriander (cilantro), harissa paste if using and sun-dried tomatoes. Season well with salt & pepper.
  7. Tip all the mixture into a large bowl and blend it all together with a hand mixer/blender.
  8. Do NOT over mix - it should be smooth but not pureed!
  9. Serve in an attractive bowl and dribble the remaining olive oil over the top, garnish with some fresh coriander (cilantro) or chopped flat leaf parsley. You can also add an olive or two.
  10. Store in a container in the fridge with olive oil on the top for up to 2 weeks.
Most Helpful

Absolutely delicious! So rich in flavor with just the right amount of spice. Loved the caramelized veggies and garlic in this tapenade. Did not change a thing about this recipe and will definitely make this again. Placing this recipe in my Best of 2014 Cookbook. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup tag, February, 2014.

DailyInspiration February 04, 2014

Delicious and easy! The spices add just the right amount of excitement to this tapenade. I served this with a greek dinner, as a condiment. Tomorrow I am going to use it to make a panini sandwich with mozarella and arugula. I did stir in the juice of 1/2 a lemon to give it a little acid, substituted cayenne for chili powder and scattered on some red pepper flakes before baking too. I am going to cook up a big batch and can it to put in holiday gift baskets. Yum! Highly recommend.

Wendyla in Cali October 23, 2011

This was actually pretty simple to make. Unfortunately, I couldn't find harissa so I just omitted it from the recipe. I didn't find this dish overly garlicky like another reviewer reported they did. Very tasty! I will make this again!

Dominick & Amanda October 12, 2009