Szechuan Spicy Eggplant


This schezuan eggplant recipe is a fantastic meat and vegetable dish. Folks who love spicy food will approve. This is a recipe from my Chinese mother, whose cooking is unsurpassable. Adjust the amount of chili sauce to suit your taste. Serve over hot rice.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) eggplant

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • cooking spray

  • 4 large green onions, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger root

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • pound lean ground beef

  • ¼ pound fresh shrimp - peeled, deveined, and diced

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 4 cups hot cooked rice


  1. Remove eggplant stem and cut flesh into 1-inch cubes. Set aside.

  2. Mix together soy sauce, stock, oyster sauce, chili sauce, sugar, and black pepper in a medium bowl until well combined; set aside. Stir together water and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth; set aside.

  3. Coat a large, deep pan with cooking spray over high heat and heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Cook and stir 1/2 of the green onions, ginger, and garlic in the hot pan until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add beef; cook and stir until lightly browned and crumbly, about 3 minutes.

  4. Stir in eggplant, then pour soy sauce mixture over all. Cover the pan, reduce heat to medium low, and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add shrimp during the last few minutes of cooking.

  5. Stir in cornstarch mixture and cook until thickened. Mix in remaining green onions and sesame oil. Serve over hot rice.


You can use 3 tablespoons dried shrimp instead of fresh shrimp; add with the garlic and ginger in step 3.

You can use ground pork instead of ground beef.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

441 Calories
13g Fat
62g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 441
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 1079mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 680mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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