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Thai Spicy Eggplant with Sweet Basil

This home-cooked meal probably contains less fat and fewer calories than most carry-outs, and preparing it takes no longer than a pick-up trip to a restaurant. Adapted from Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals Veggie Meals.



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1 cup jasmine rice
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2 Tbs. peanut or vegetable oil
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½ to 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, or to taste
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3 baby eggplants, cubed into bite-sized chunks
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1 medium-sized onion, diced
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1 medium-sized red bell pepper, seeded and diced
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4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
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2 Tbs. white vinegar
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3 Tbs. dark soy sauce, such as tamari
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2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
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20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn


  1. Cook jasmine rice according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet or wok-shaped pan over high heat. Add oil and crushed red pepper, and let sizzle for 10 to 15 seconds. Add eggplant, and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic, and stir-fry for 3 minutes more. Add vinegar and soy sauce. Sprinkle with sugar, and toss for 1 or 2 minutes longer.
  3. Remove pan from heat, add basil leaves and toss to combine with eggplant. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Wine Suggestions
The spices in this dish call for a Riesling or Gewerztraminer that’s slightly sweet but won’t overpower the spices. Try the J. Lohr White Riesling or a less sweet but fruity Firestone Gewerz

Nutrition Information: 

10 g
Total Fat: 
14 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
86 g
1540 mg
3 g
13 g
SERVES 2 to 3

Comments on this Recipe

This recipe was great! I was able to make progress on eating the surplus of japanese eggplant from my Tucson vegetable garden. :-)

Wow! This was unbelievable and very quick/easy. Excellent combination of flavors, and nice zip, too. I'll do this again - no doubt about it!

Great stuff-- I used a combination of basil and mint and it was very flavorful.

Perfect! Thanks!

Was a little bland - I added extra garlic. But, a nice, healthy stir fry for meat-eaters.

So good! I used cilantro instead of basil and added green onions and some crushed peanuts. Will make again and again!

This is a definite do again & again recipe - Very easy and very tasty It is a 5 star rating from me

didn't use the basil or onion and it was still great!

Can dried basil be used?

This recipe is amazing and tasty!

This was fabulous!!

Simply delicious! I used less sauce ingredients, but it was still amazing. Thanks!

I also made it.. I used jalaños and ginger in the beginning. I added wine prior to the sauces. I loved it.. I also cut the pieces thin..

I am fairly new to cooking, and I love, love, love this recipe! It's a very enjoyable process, and it tastes totally amazing! I just made it an hour ago... I added zucchini & mushrooms and lowered the sugar amount. So delicious! Thank you!

Yummy recipe! I cut back a little on the brown sugar. My guy said it was better than from the Thai restaurants here in New York City!

I removed the brown sugar and substituted white wine for the vinegar. I also added a spoonful of black bean sauce. Absolutely amazing! I've never enjoyed eggplant this much.