Savory Eggplant Stirfry

I was going to make “Eggplant with Ginger and Garlic” (Wi xiang que zi) the other night, but then I realized I had no ginger and no garlic. It was a recipe from my new cookbook, the Asian Vegan Kitchen. So I made up something else, and it was very yummy.

Savory Eggplant Stirfry


Ingredients (serves 2-ish, or one Maggie who steals most of it and Bobby gets 2 bites)

  • 3 small eggplants, chopped in cubes
  • 1-2 teaspoons olive oil (or other cooking oil)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Asian 5-spice powder (I LOVE THIS STUFF – but you can substitute with cumin, chili powder, turmeric, or other savory spices)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or other vinegar)
  • 2-3 teaspoons brown rice syrup (or other sweetener)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Saute the eggplant cubes in a wok or saute pan.  I did not use oil here, but I did spray a little bit of PAM in the wok before I added the eggplant.  Saute for about 4 minutes – they should be slightly browned and tender.  Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in your wok/saute pan.  Add the scallions, onion, and spices.  Saute for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the eggplant back into the wok.  Add the vinegar, soy sauce, and brown rice syrup. Cook for another minute or two.  Serve hot.

This dish is slightly sweet but savory at the same time.  Bobby got a few bites, but he’s not an eggplant person so I got to have most of it.  We had it with whole wheat couscous.

Check out this cool Japanese dish I made for Bobby the other night – Shrimp Tatsutaage (fried shrimp).


His had calamari in it too, because I used a frozen mix of random seafood.  He loved it, and it was the first time I had ever actually used my wok to deep-fry something… Actually, the first time I ever deep-fried something.  Just Bento is one of my favorite blogs and I love her posts.  That’s where I got the bento article from yesterday.

What was the first food blog you ever read? I think mine was Vegalicious – fabulous.

30 Replies to “Savory Eggplant Stirfry”

  1. What a great meal, I have an eggplant in my fridge but wanted to try something new, I might have to try this.
    I think the first food blog I read was Jenna’s eat live run.

  2. delicious stir-fry eggplant! I have a special recipe for eggplant called yu xiang qie zi (made with pork eggplant and chilis) The only problem usually with eggplants is that they absorb a lot of oil! So, a healthy way to prepare it would be steaming it and make a sauce for topping.
    hahha…..too many cooking talk!
    I went to Just Bento and liked it a lot, thanks for the link.
    The first blog that I read was Carrot n Cake.

  3. I think the first food blog I ever read was Jenna’s Eat, Live, Run. I deffinitely wanna try that eggplant stir-fry..I’m such a big stirfryer but I never know what to stirfry things in!

  4. First blog I’ve read was on Eat Like Me, then someone mentioned, then it eventually blew up after that, what you see on my blogroll is not all. I have a bunch more on my google reader. there’s not enough time in the world to read them all.

  5. What a neat cookbook you have there! I’m definitely loving that eggplant recipe and will be posssiiibly if i’m not too lazy, trying out an eggplant stirfry this weekend!! AWESOME post!!

  6. You should check out this eggplant dip I’m posting about on my blog. It can also be found at Sea Salt with Food. It will be up in a few minutes.


  7. i am so in love with you food these days! this stirfry looks absolutely visionary 🙂 that cookbook sounds amazing, too, since i love asian food and i don’t like having to deal with cooking meat

    also, your coconut butternut rice looks gorgeous! what a great thing to pull you out of your food rut!

  8. First blog was Eat Like Me. In fact, it was the only blog I read for about a year before I realized there were so many others! When I first started my blog, I hadn’t even read Kath’s blog. When I finally found it, her blogroll led me to all these other fabulous ones 🙂 Fun question!

  9. Oh my gosh. Oh my GOSH. I think my tastebuds just fainted.

    I LOVE eggplant!!! I don’t understand how/why it is that so many people detest it. TJ’s used to have an amazing premade salad (in one of those little plastic boxes) that was grilled eggplant and feta. It was my FAVORITE and so flavorful. It got me through many tough afternoons in college. Then they discontinued it. It was a sad, sad day…..

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