Stir Fried Aubergine with Chilli

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This spicy stir fried aubergine is made with a sticky soy sauce glaze and thinly sliced onion and chilli. The aubergine is cooked until super tender and served over rice.

This vegetarian dish is one of my new faves!

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I’ve been wanting to share this aubergine stir fry recipe for so long. We’ve made it so many times and something always gets in the way of me photographing it. Probably the fact that we can’t bear to wait to eat it.

It’s just that good. 

You start by soaking the aubergine in salted water to make sure it gets really soft when cooked. Then you fry it with onion and chilli until everything is super tender. 

Then it’s all coated in that slightly sticky, slightly umami sauce and bubbled for a few minutes until the sauce has had time to cook down and really coat all the vegetables. Then you can serve it with whatever you like!

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Why we love this stir fried aubergine…

It’s a vegan recipe which is packed with so much flavour that even meat eaters will love it!

This recipe is quick and easy to make with mostly pantry ingredients which makes it great for a busy weeknight or when you can’t get to the shops.

If you want to make this with a different vegetable you could use the sauce and method with anything else you have on hand which makes it the perfect back pocket stir fry recipe.

This recipe is also gluten free and dairy free so it’s perfect for serving to everyone!

Blue bowls of sticky aubergine on rice

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Aubergine Stir Fry Ingredients

Aubergine: This is chopped then soaked in salted water for half an hour. This helps it to get really soft when you fry it.

Onion & Chilli: These are stir fried with the aubergine for some extra texture and spice.

Stir Fry Sauce: This is a simple mixture of light and dark soy sauce, tomato puree, balsamic vinegar, golden caster sugar and cornflour for a sweet and sticky sauce full of umami flavour.

 

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Close up of stir fried aubergine on rice with chilli and coriander

Stick Aubergine Instructions

Soak the aubergine: Peel and cut the aubergine into batons then soak in salted water for 30 minutes.

Stir fry the vegetables: Fry the aubergine until browned on all sides then add the onion and chilli and cook for another few minutes.

Finish cooking: Pour in the sauce then cover and leave to cook for another few minutes until the sauce is sticky.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

 

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Blue bowl of stir fried aubergine with a gold fork on a marble surface

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Stir Fried Aubergine with Chilli

This spicy stir fried aubergine is made with a sticky soy sauce glaze and thinly sliced onion and chilli. The aubergine is cooked until super tender and served over rice.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Soaking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 2 Aubergines peeled and cut into batons
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 1 Red Chilli thinly sliced

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cornflour

Instructions

  • Put the aubergine in a bowl of salted water and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  • Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients.
  • Heat the oil in a large wok and add the aubergine, fry until browned on all sides then add the onion and chilli and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the sauce then cover with a lid and cook for another few minutes. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
Stir Fried Aubergine with Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Sodium 1015mg42%
Potassium 665mg19%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Nart | Cooking with Nart
    29/03/2020 at 10:33 PM

    5 stars
    I love aubergine and this recipe looks really easy! Will definitely try it 🙂

  • Reply
    Christie Gagnon
    29/03/2020 at 10:43 PM

    5 stars
    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Kristin
    29/03/2020 at 11:59 PM

    5 stars
    This is amazing. The soy sauce glaze is a perfect balance of flavor. Everyone in my family loved it and I didn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reply
    Andrea Metlika
    30/03/2020 at 12:29 AM

    5 stars
    We love aubergine’s in my house so this is a fabulous recipe for us. Can’t wait to make this.

  • Reply
    Colleen
    30/03/2020 at 2:21 PM

    5 stars
    This stir fry looks delicious! We call them eggplant here, and I like to grow them in my garden, so I’m always looking for new ways to use them. This is perfect, can’t wait to try.

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