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Eggplant with Garlic Sauce


25 min

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce Photo 1


Bbq sauce


25 min


6 persons




4.00 rating-star (298)


Author: Victoria Bailey
A mildly spicy (or very spicy if you like) eggplant dish. My mother has been making this for me since I was a child. It is SO GOOD!!


  • canola oil: 3 Tbsp
  • Chinese eggplants, halved lengthwise and cut into 1 inch half moons: 4 piece
  • water: 1 cup
  • crushed red pepper flakes: 1 Tbsp
  • garlic powder: 3 Tbsp
  • white sugar: 5 tsp
  • cornstarch: 1 tsp
  • light soy sauce: 2 Tbsp
  • oyster sauce: 2 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Heat the canola oil in a skillet over high heat. Cook and stir the eggplant until soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the water, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder. Cover and simmer until all the water is absorbed. Meanwhile, mix sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, and oyster sauce in a bowl until sugar and cornstarch have dissolved. Stir sauce into the eggplant, making sure to evenly coat the eggplant. Cook until the sauce has thickened.
    Eggplant with Garlic Sauce Photo 2

History of the Eggplant with Garlic Sauce:

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine with a long history. The dish originated from the Sichuan region of China, known for its spicy and flavorful cuisine. The eggplant is the star ingredient in this dish, with the garlic and spices adding a delicious depth of flavor. It's a dish that has been enjoyed by generations of people in China and has made its way into the hearts and stomachs of those who love Chinese cuisine all over the world.

Tips and Tricks for Eggplant with Garlic Sauce Recipe:

  • When selecting Chinese eggplants, look for ones that are firm and smooth. The skin should have a shiny appearance, and they should feel heavy for their size.
  • To prevent the eggplant from absorbing too much oil during cooking, add a pinch of salt and let it sit for a few minutes before cooking. This helps to draw out some of the moisture.
  • Use a non-stick skillet or a wok to prevent the eggplant from sticking to the pan. If you’re using a regular skillet, make sure to stir the eggplant frequently to avoid sticking.
  • If you like your food spicy, you can increase the amount of red pepper flakes in the recipe. You can also add some fresh chili peppers or chili oil for an extra kick.
  • Be patient when cooking the eggplant as it takes a bit of time to get soft and absorb the flavors of the sauce.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  • Serve the eggplant with steamed rice or noodles for a complete meal.
  • Garnish with some chopped scallions, cilantro, or sesame seeds for added flavor and texture.
  • For a beautiful presentation, you can arrange the eggplant on a platter and sprinkle some chopped nuts or seeds over the top.
  • Serve with some soy sauce or chili oil on the side so people can adjust the seasoning to their liking.

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