nutritional information

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 500
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Total Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 86 g
  • Sodium: 1540 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 13 g

Thai Spicy Eggplant with Sweet Basil

Thai Spicy Eggplant with Sweet Basil

SERVES 2 to 3

30 minutes or fewer

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

June 2004

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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.

Cate - 2015-11-26 02:17:46

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!

Jackie - 2015-08-30 02:07:27

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!

Mark M - 2015-05-18 18:23:21

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..

Juan - 2014-11-09 22:18:14

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

Melanie - 2014-11-07 02:06:03

This was fabulous!!

Rebecca and Angie - 2014-09-03 19:25:42

This recipe is amazing and tasty!

Kiki - 2014-01-07 00:16:54

Can dried basil be used?

Michelle - 2013-11-17 19:40:27

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

carrie - 2011-09-18 18:16:11

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

Bergy - 2011-05-05 10:13:32

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

Mackenzie - 2011-04-26 16:30:30

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

Kelly - 2010-12-26 19:26:03

Perfect! Thanks!

Susan - 2010-09-12 16:47:58