Szechuan-Style Eggplant

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Leslie in Texas

The food processor makes for easy prep in this version of Szechuan-style eggplant. Originally from a September 1983 issue of Bon Apetit.

Top Review by OliveLover

We loved this. It's a keeper. We made two changes. We substituted chives for the green onions, since that's what we had in the garden and added 10 oz. x-firm tofu with the chive, garlic and ginger mix to make it more of a meal. DH, who did the cooking and who has very high standards, gave this 5 stars.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toss eggplant in colander with salt; let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Rinse off salt and pat eggplant dry with paper towels; set aside.
  3. Place green onion in work bowl of food processor with steel knife.
  4. With machine running, drop ginger and garlic through feed tube and mince finely.
  5. Combine peanut oil, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and dried red pepper flakes in wok or heavy 12 inch skillet over high heat and cook until pepper flakes turn black.
  6. Add green onion mixture and stir fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Add eggplant and toss to coat with oil.
  8. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until eggplant softens, shaking wok occasionally to prevent sticking, 8 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, blend Sherry, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and chili paste in work bowl 3 seconds.
  10. Add Sherry mixture to wok and stir 2 minutes.
  11. Dissolve cornstarch in 1 teaspoon sesame oil and add to wok.
  12. Stir until sauce is glossy, about 15 more seconds.
  13. Serve immediately.

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