Soy Glazed Eggplant

I love taking advantage of all the fresh produce in summer and all the color and texture it brings to my plate! This week I played around with eggplant, which has a unique almost meaty texture. I gave it a quick soy glaze treatment that I’ve previously used for chicken thighs (see Sticky Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken) and it worked perfectly. This Soy Glazed Eggplant makes for a super fast and easy vegetarian weeknight dinner, which also meal preps well for the week. As with most stir fries, this recipe is quite versatile, so I’ll list some options for you below!

Overhead view of three bowls of Soy Glazed Eggplant served with rice, peanuts, and green onion

Make it Spicy or Mild

This recipe for Soy Glazed Eggplant as written is below NOT spicy (without optional sriracha mayo topping), but you could easily make it a spicy stir fry, if you prefer. Simply add a tablespoon or two of sriracha or chili garlic sauce to the soy glaze mixture and you’re good to go. Or, add a few crushed red pepper flakes to the finished dish.

Make it Vegan

The Soy Glazed Eggplant by itself is vegan, but I topped mine with sriracha mayo. If you want to avoid the mayo to make the whole bowl vegan, I suggest adding a few slices of avocado to your bowl or using vegan mayo if you have it. The addition of a creamy topping does a wonderful job of balancing the sweet and salty flavors of the Soy Glazed Eggplant, and really takes the bowls to the next level.

Fresh or Dried Ginger?

I almost always use fresh ginger in my recipes because it tastes completely different than dried ground ginger. If you keep a knob of ginger in your freezer you’ll always have fresh on hand and it’s super easy to grate on a cheese grater when frozen. If you must use dried ground ginger, I suggest using 1/2 to 1 tsp, adjusting it to your tastebuds. 

How to Serve Soy Glazed Eggplant

I served mine on top of brown rice and topped with chopped peanuts, sliced green onions, and a drizzle of sriracha mayo. You could also serve this with noodles (add cooked noodles to the skillet and toss with the soy glazed eggplant), and add something green on the side, like broccoli or snow peas. 

Close up side view of Soy Glazed Eggplant in the skillet, topped with peanuts and green onion

 
Close up side view of Soy Glazed Eggplant in the skillet, topped with peanuts and green onion
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Soy Glazed Eggplant

This Soy Glazed Eggplant stir fry is a super fast and easy vegetarian weeknight dinner, which also meal preps well for the week.
Keyword: Easy Dinner, Quick Dinner, Vegetarian Dinner
Total Cost: $3.86 recipe / $0.97 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Soy Glazed Eggplant

  • 1 eggplant (5-6 cups cubed) ($1.29)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.24)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce ($0.48)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar ($0.16)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16)
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger ($0.30)

Optional for Serving

  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts ($0.12)
  • 2 green onions, sliced ($0.23)
  • 4 cups cooked rice ($0.60)
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise* ($0.17)
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha* ($0.11)

Instructions

  • Cut the eggplant into 3/4-inch cubes. The easiest way to do this is to first slice the eggplant into 3/4-inch slices, then lay each slice flat and slice into 3/4-inch squares.
  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet at head over medium. Once hot, swirl the oil to coat the surface of the skillet, then add the eggplant cubes. Cook the eggplant cubes, stirring occasionally, until they are softened (about ten minutes). If the eggplant begins to stick, add a couple tablespoons of water to the skillet to help loosen the eggplant.
  • While the eggplant is cooking, prepare the soy ginger glaze. Stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, and ginger in a bowl.
  • Once the eggplant is soft, pour in the soy ginger glaze, making sure to scrape out all the sugar that may have settled to the bottom of the bowl. Continue to stir and cook the eggplant in the skillet, dissolving any browned bits off the bottom, for about 5 more minutes.
  • Top the eggplant with chopped peanuts and sliced green onion before serving. Serve over warm rice with a drizzle of sriracha mayo, if desired.

Notes

*Mix together the mayonnaise and sriracha to make sriracha mayo.
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Soy Glazed Eggplant being served from the skillet into three bowls

Step by Step Photos

Eggplant in hand for size

Grab yourself one medium eggplant for this recipe. They were priced per item at the store today, so I didn’t get the scale weight from the register, but this recipe is pretty flexible. I had about 5-6 cups once it was cubed. The size of this explant was about 1.5x the length of my hand.

Cube eggplant

Cut the eggplant into 3/4-inch cubes. To do this, first slice the eggplant into 3/4-inch slices, then lay each slice flat and cut into squares.

Sautéed Eggplant in the skillet

Add 2 Tbsp olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil) to a large skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, give it a swirl to coat the skillet, then add the cubed eggplant. Cook the eggplant, stirring occasionally, until it has softened (about 10 minutes). If the eggplant begins to stick too much, add a couple tablespoons of water to the skillet to help loosen it up.

Soy Ginger Glaze in a bowl with a spoon, ginger root on the side.

While the eggplant is cooking, make the soy ginger glaze. In a bowl combine 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 cloves of garlic (minced), and about 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger. Stir them together. The brown sugar probably won’t fully dissolve, but that’s okay.

Add Soy Ginger Glaze to Eggplant in skillet

Once the eggplant has softened, add the glaze, making sure to scrape all the sugar out of the bowl.

Soy glazed eggplant in the skillet just after cooking.

Continue to stir and cook the eggplant with the glaze over medium heat for about 5 minutes more. The glaze should be bubbling.

Soy Glazed Eggplant topped with green onion and peanuts in the skillet.

Top the Soy Glazed Eggplant with sliced green onion and about 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional).

Sriracha Mayo drizzled over three bowls Soy Glazed Eggplant

I served my Soy Glazed Eggplant over brown rice and with sriracha mayo drizzled on top. To make the sriracha mayo, simply stir together 2 Tbsp mayonnaise with 1 Tbsp sriracha.

A piece of Soy Glazed Eggplant being picked up out of the bowl with chopsticks.