Vegan Stir Fried Eggplant With Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sauce

October 20, 2020
Calling all eggplant lovers—you'll want to make this. One of my go-to dishes is stir fried eggplant smothered in an addictive sweet and spicy garlic sauce. Paired with a bowl of rice, this stir fried eggplant recipe is ready in 20 minutes flat—a perfect quick meal.

For a milder version, omit the chili bean sauce. For an even spicier kick, try adding a small chopped chili.
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Vegan Stir Fried Eggplant With Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sauce

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  • 1 large Eggplant, sliced into thick strips
  • 4 cloves Garlic, diced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, diced
  • 2 tbsp Vegetarian Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Chili Bean Paste (Doubanjiang)
  • 1 tsp Light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Water
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Directions

1. In a medium-sized saucepan or wok, heat 1 tbsp oil over high heat.

2. Add the eggplant. Turn occasionally for 3-5 minutes, until tender inside and slightly charred outside.

3. Remove from heat. Turn the heat down to medium.

4. Now add the garlic, ginger, vegetarian oyster sauce, chili bean paste and light soy sauce. Add 2-3 tbsp water and stir until a thick glaze forms, which takes about 2-3 minutes.

5. Stir the charred eggplant strips into the sauce for 1-2 minutes, until just combined. Serve the stir fried eggplant with steamed rice. Enjoy!

More by Debbie: Char Siu Roasted Cauliflower

Also see: Vegan Sweet & Sour Tofu Bowl

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Debbie was born in Malaysia and grew up in New Zealand. She loves writing, musicals, and living a plant based life. A digital marketer by day, she is also passionate about visual storytelling. She hopes to show that living a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle can be simple and fun! Debbie has volunteered for social and environmental causes over the years, and interviewed Dr Jane Goodall on her 2018 world tour. Visit her Instagram @debbietan96 for snaps of delicious food and plants, and YouTube for music.

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