Sichuan Eggplant

Spicy eggplant that is a great way to "fall" in love with this autumn vegetable!  It's great as a main dish when served over sticky rice and you can add ground pork to make it a more substantial dish!

Sichuan Eggplant (Side Dish)

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Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons  sugar
  • 2 tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds  Asian eggplant, cut into bit sized cubes
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons  chili bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons  Chinese black vinegar, or substitute good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  rice wine vinegar
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • tablespoon  minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon  cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground Sichuan pepper, or substitute 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish


  • In a small bowl, mix together the vegetable stock, chili bean paste, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, rice wine, sugar, and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a wok, or large skillet, over high heat until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and swirl the pan to coat the base and sides. Add the eggplant and stir-fry until outsides become golden brown and insides begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and Sichuan peppercorn and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in the sauce mixture and mix well. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes to allow the eggplant to full cook and the sauce to thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, plate, and sprinkle scallions on top.
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