Szechuan Eggplant Recipe

I was excited to cook Szechuan Eggplant after purchasing some Japanese eggplant from the farmers market.  While I have cooked with regular eggplant many times, Japanese eggplant is long, lean, and purple.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  Szechuan eggplant is also quite simple to make, but you do need to baby the eggplant a bit since it is really easy to overcook and undercook it.

My recipe was inspired by: but I obviously made it without the pork.



  • 2 pieces of eggplant
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable or grapeseed oil
  • 1lb of Tofu (see my Asian tofu recipe) or seitan
  • 1 lb or can of Mushrooms (shiitake or straw mushrooms)
  • 1 can of Bamboo shoots washed and drained
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp of ginger
  • 3 sprigs of green onions
  • 1-1.5 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp of Tamari
  • 3 tbsp of Sambal
  • 2 tbsp of black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1/4 c of vegetable broth


  • Prepare the tofu or seitan.  If you’re using seitan, drain the seitan, pan fry it for about 5 minutes and turn it over at least once throughout cooking.  Drizzle some Tamari over it once you flip it.
  • Chop the eggplant in quarters and then chop them into one inch pieces.
  • Pour some oil into the frying pan and add eggplant once it’s sizzling.  Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the eggplant.  Sautée the eggplant until it’s tender, but not soft.  This can vary but it should take about 10 minutes and be sure to flip it over once.
  • While the eggplant is cooking, get a medium-sized bowl and make your sauce.
  • Add your cornstarch, ginger, Tamari, Sambal, black bean sauce, apple cider vinegar, and sesame oil.  Stir until everything is mixed in and set aside.
  • In a hot wok, add some oil and once it’s hot, add the minced garlic and mushrooms.  Sauté for a few minutes and then add in the eggplant, then the sauce, and bamboo shoots.  Stir fry everything for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Then add some vegetable broth to thin out the sauce if needed (I prefer to not have it super thick).
  • Once it is simmering on low heat, add the green onions and tofu/seitan.
  • And voila it is ready to serve with some rice (I prefer kimchi fried rice – see my recipe) or noodles!


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