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Basil Garlic Stir-Fry Thai Eggplant Recipe

How to make a traditional Thai eggplant recipe. Our easy healthy Thai Basil Eggplant stir fry is the best side dish for curry and rice.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai Eggplant Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 118kcal


  • Wok
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon
  • French knife
  • baking sheet
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups


  • 2 lb Chinese or Japanese Eggplant
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 10 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 tsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Maggi Sauce
  • 1 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 cup Thai Basil Leaves
  • 1 Thai red chili sliced
  • 1 Scallion sliced


  • Slice Japanese eggplant on the diagonal 3/4 to 1 inch thick, larger pieces cut in half lengthwise.
  • Put the eggplant in a colander in the sink or over a bowl, toss with approximately tablespoon of salt, and set aside to drain for about 45 minutes. Rinse the eggplant thoroughly, pat dry, and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the cornstarch over the eggplant and toss to coat. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add just enough eggplant to create a single layer so that no slices overlap. Cook, flipping once, until the eggplant is golden and a bit charred in places, 2-1/2 to 3 minutes total. Transfer the eggplant to a paper-towel-lined rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining eggplant, adding more oil to the pan as needed.
  • Wipe the pan clean, then add the sesame oil over low heat. Add the garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Return the eggplant to the pan.
  • Add the Thai basil leaves, red chili, soy sauce, Maggi sauce, oyster sauce and fish sauce then toss to combine, about 1 minute.
  • Serve topped with the sliced scallion.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.3g | Protein: 2.3g | Fat: 7.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 5.8g | Sugar: 5.1g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg