Easy Stir-Fried Eggplant

I like how versatile eggplant can be, and recently I have been enjoying using a strong ginger and garlic flavor profile, so I found a variety of stir-fry recipes and came up with my own creation.


3 Japanese eggplants
Vegetable oil
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Guilan Chili sauce (optional)
4 cloves garlic
2-3 teaspoons roughly chopped ginger
Rice (to serve with)
Garnish (optional) – scallions, sesame seeds


Prepare your rice to serve with the eggplant. We use a rice cooker, so we start that before we prepare the eggplant.

Prepare your sauce mixture – hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and whatever else you like.

Cut the eggplants at 2″ intervals, and then cut into long quarters.

Heat oil in a large frying pan, then saute the eggplant. I like to brown the eggplant evenly.

Once the eggplant is browned and tender, set aside in a bowl.

Add more oil to the pan, then saute the ginger and garlic for about 1-2 minutes.

Add the eggplant to the pan, and the sauce mixture.

We serve this eggplant with rice.

Top with whatever you’d like – scallions, sesame seeds, etc.

What do you think?

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  • Amber Myers
    March 12, 2024

    This looks so good! I have always been a huge fan of eggplant. It’s nice that it’s easy too.

  • Kathy
    March 12, 2024

    This sounds like it would be really good. I actually really do love eggplant.

  • Susan m Quackenbush
    March 13, 2024

    My husband just br0ught home an eggplant and I will try this recipe.

  • LisaLisa
    March 13, 2024

    We love eggplant, I will say I have not tried it your way and I think this weekend I will. Looks so yummy!!

  • Beautiful Touches
    March 13, 2024

    I’m excited to give this stir-fried eggplant recipe a try. The simplicity of the dish is appealing and I love the idea of a quick and tasty meal option.

  • Catalina
    March 13, 2024

    I made your easy stir-fried eggplant for a family gathering this weekend, and it was a total crowd-pleaser! Even my relatives who aren’t big fans of eggplant were asking for seconds!

  • vidya
    March 14, 2024

    we make eggplant curry often this way.. and yours turned out beautiful..

  • Gervin Khan
    March 15, 2024

    Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables to eat. Eggplant is so delicious and so easy to cook!

  • Melissa Cushing
    March 16, 2024

    I am pinning this recipe to make for my husband as he loves loves love eggplant everythimng and I know he has never enjoyed it made this way. Delish!

  • Kimberley Asante
    March 18, 2024

    The recipe for Easy Stir-Fried Eggplant on The Busy Vegetarian looks absolutely delicious! Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. I appreciate how simple and straightforward the instructions are, making it easy for anyone to recreate this dish at home. Plus, using common ingredients like soy sauce, garlic, and ginger adds a flavorful twist to the eggplant. It’s great to have a healthy and tasty option for incorporating more veggies into our meals. I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try soon! Thanks for sharing!

  • Maureen
    March 19, 2024

    Wow, what an easy recipe! We love eggplant around here and this is going to be on rotation for us. I can’t wait to try this!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Ivan Carlo Jose
    March 19, 2024

    Yummy we love eggplants and rice! I’ll try this recipe but I’d also suggest that you try an eggplant omelet (grill/char the eggplant, remove the charred skin, mash the meat into a beaten egg, and then fry it). It’s so good!

  • Richard Lowe
    March 19, 2024

    This looks like a wonderful recipe. I’ll add it to my recipe book.

  • Jennifer Prince
    March 19, 2024

    Ooh! Everything is better stir-fried. This looks simple to make and delicious, too.

  • Hannah Bures
    March 19, 2024

    Wow these phots made my eyes water! I cant wait to try this with my family tonight. Thank you for sharing.

  • Beth
    March 19, 2024

    This looks so good! I’ve never tried stir frying egg plant before.

  • Claudia
    March 19, 2024

    I love eggplant stir fry. A lot of people don’t realize just how delicious eggplant is when you cook it this way. Great recipe.

  • Aimee AMALA
    March 19, 2024

    Anything with hoisin, soy sauce and ginger is definitely going to be tasty! I have never thought of combining eggplant with these flavours. Sounds like a good experiment for me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melanie E
    March 20, 2024

    This sounds like such a great recipe. I’ve been using eggplants in various Thai curries recently. This would make a lovely change and sounds like it’s really tasty too. The chilli, garlic and ginger combo works well for me!!!

  • Clarice
    March 26, 2024

    This looks delicious and you just gave me an idea what to prepare for lunch today. Very timely since I have all the ingredients available. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  • Amit
    March 27, 2024

    Great list of recipes, I always enjoy your content.