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Berenjena con Miel

(Oven-baked eggplant with honey)

Written By: Byron | March 2, 2023
a plate of berenjena con miel sits glazed with honey

Berenjena con miel, or eggplant with honey, is a popular dish in Andalusian cuisine in Spain. It is a sweet and savory dish that combines the bitterness of eggplant with the sweetness of honey and is typically served as a tapas.

This recipe is easy to make and only requires a few basic ingredients and some spices. Use the best quality extra virgin olive oil and honey you can find and always source fresh eggplant (Aubergine for our UK & European friends) with firm skins.

Vegetarian Recipe | Tapas Recipe | Easy to Make | Authentic Spanish Recipe | Mediterranean Recipe | Dessert Recipe 

Serving:

Tapas for 4

Ready in:

1 hour or less

Skill level:

Easy

Serve with:

Good on its own

ingredients used to make berenjena con miel are laid out on a wodden table

Ingredients you’ll need 

(makes tapas for 4)

  • 2 small eggplants
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Honey, for drizzling
  • Splash of extra virgin olive oil

Equipment needed

  • Medium-sized frying pan or skillet (10-inch/25cm)
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Oven and baking tray 
  • Parchment paper

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Easy to make
  • Delicious sweet honey flavors
  • Excellent tapas or party food recipe
  • Budget-friendly

How to make Berenjena con miel

Step 1 – Prepare the eggplant

  • Cut the eggplant into thin slices, about 1/8 inch (3-4 mm) thick.
  • Add eggplant slices to a bowl of fresh water with half a teaspoon of salt. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the water bath and pat dry with some paper towel. 

Step 2 – Flour and bake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Coat the eggplant slices in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Add to an oven tray lined with parchment paper and lightly brush olive oil on both sides. 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. 
  • Remove the eggplant slices from the oven, transfer to a plate. 

Step 3 – Drizzle eggplant with honey

  • Drizzle honey over the eggplant slices before serving.

Want to learn more about cuisine from the Andalusia region? Check out our Andalusia foodie guide

a plate of berenjena con miel is laid out on a table beside a pot of honey

Where is Berenjena con miel from? 

The history of berenjena con miel is not well documented, but it is believed to have originated in the Andalusia region of Spain, where eggplant and honey are both commonly used ingredients. Honey from the mountainous zones of Andalusia is prized for its sweet and slightly floral taste, flavored by the alpine flowers of the region. 

Best ingredients to use

Eggplant/Aubergine

When making berenjena con miel, you can use any type of eggplant that you prefer or is available. However, some types of eggplant may be better suited for this dish than others.

Generally, it’s best to use small to medium-sized eggplants that are firm and have smooth, unblemished skin. Some varieties of eggplant that are commonly used in Spanish cuisine include:

  • Black beauty: This is a popular variety of eggplant that is easy to find in most grocery stores. It has a dark purple skin and a mild flavor that pairs well with honey.
  • Graffiti: This variety has a beautiful, purple and white striped skin and a slightly bitter flavor that contrasts nicely with the sweetness of honey.
  • Japanese: Also known as “Ichiban,” this variety is longer and thinner than most eggplants, with a deep purple skin and a sweet flavor that also makes it a great choice for berenjena con miel.

Ultimately, the type of eggplant you choose will depend on your personal taste and what is available in your area.

Honey

This will vary on where you are sourcing your honey from, but here in Spain, honey from the mountainous regions of Andalusia are prized for its delicious sweet flavor and slightly floral taste. This is due to the abundance of wildflowers such as sunflowers, wild rosemary, thyme, and daisies that grow in the fertile plains. 

Looking to try some honey from Andalusia? Check out the Sierras Andaluzas cooperative which was founded in 2001 and now has over 100 member beekeepers, exclusively from Andalusia.

One of the most popular types of honey found in Spain is called ‘Miel de Mil Flores’ (Honey of 1000 flowers). And of course, there are plenty of varieties of honey made with orange blossoms too. 

Nutrition facts

 

Serving size: 80g

Servings: 4

Amount per serving

 

Calories

319

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 25.6g

33%

Saturated Fat 3.7g

18%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 150mg

7%

Total Carbohydrate 23.2g

8%

Dietary Fiber 4.6g

16%

Total Sugars 7.8g

 

Protein 2.8g

 

Vitamin D 0mcg

0%

Calcium 15mg

1%

Iron 1mg

6%

Potassium 283mg

6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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Berenjena con miel (Oven-baked eggplant with honey)

Berenjena con miel, or eggplant with honey, is a popular dish in Andalusian cuisine in Spain. It is a sweet and savory dish that combines the bitterness of eggplant with the sweetness of honey and is typically served as a tapas.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course appertizer, starter, tapas, vegetarian
Cuisine andaluz, Authentic Spanish recipe, Spain
Servings 4 tapas
Calories 319 kcal

Equipment

  • Pan for frying
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Oven and baking tray
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 2 small eggplants
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Honey for drizzling
  • Splash of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

Step 1 - Prepare the eggplant

  • Cut the eggplant into thin slices, about 1/8 inch (3-4 mm) thick.
    2 small eggplants
  • (optional) Add eggplant slices to a bowl of fresh water with half a teaspoon of salt. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the water bath and pat dry with some paper towel.
    1 teaspoon salt
    eggplant soaks in some water

Step 2 - Flour and bake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
    An oven dial turned up to 180C
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    spicecs and flour in a small bowl
  • Coat the eggplant slices in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Add to an oven tray lined with parchment paper.
    Splash of extra virgin olive oil
    a slice of eggplant is doused in a flour and spices mix
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Step 3 - Drizzle eggplant with honey

  • Drizzle honey over the fried eggplant slices before serving.
    Honey
    a plate of oven baked eggplant are drizzled with honey

Video

Nutrition

Serving: 80gCalories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 23.2gProtein: 2.8gFat: 25.6gSaturated Fat: 3.7gSodium: 150mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 4.6gSugar: 7.8gCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword easy, Easy tapas, Eggplant, Honey, miel, Oven-baked, Spanish tapas

Cooking Tips and FAQs

How long does Berenjena con miel take to make?

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes

Can you oven bake the eggplant instead of frying?

Yes, you sure can. Baking is a healthier option and uses much less oil. When baking your eggplant, add eggplant disks to an oven tray lined with parchment paper, and brush lightly with some olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes. 

How to soften eggplant

Soak your eggplant disks in some fresh water for around 30 minutes. Add a plate on top of the eggplants to keep them submerged.

Is berenjena con miel a tapas or dessert?

Berenjena is typically served as a sweet tapas in Spain.

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