Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (2024)

Jump to Recipe

It is the right season for eggplants and I have to commit that eggplants and mushrooms are my favorite vegetables that can beat the meal meat. It is matched with a very lovely hot garlic sauce.

If you are my fellow readers, you may find I posted lots of yummy eggplants on my blog and this is a totally new way of making eggplants.

Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (1)

This is super easy to beginners

When I just start cooking, I feel eggplant is quite hard to cook because it needs lots of oil and cooking time. No worries, this one is super easy. Cut the eggplants into wedges and place in a steamer, steam for 10 minutes. That’s it!

How to choose tender eggplant

Firstly look at the appearance, the tender eggplant usually has a smooth skin without any wrinkles. If you press it, it will have a firm texture but can back slightly. Further cut the eggplant out, there will be no black seeds inside.

How to keep the purple color of the eggplants

Eggplants are super easy to be oxidized to lose its beautiful color. The basic principal of prevent it from oxidation is to isolate the skin with air. There are two rules, the first one is to steam flatly with skin downside. The vapor will expel the fresh air. And another way is to fry the eggplant in deep oil, which can completely isolate the air. I also find soaking with black vinegar water can help in some degree. A very basic skill used for blanching chicken feet.

Step to Step

Prepare and soak the eggplants

cut the eggplants into halves and further into small wedges. Soak in large pot of water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (2)

Make the sauce

Add garlic, ginger, scallion white, pepper powder, toasted sesame seeds and fresh pepper circles in a bowl and then drizzle around 2 tablespoons of hot oil on top. Mix in light soy sauce, sugar, black vinegar, sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of clean water. Set aside to combine for a while.

Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (3)

Steam the eggplants

Transfer the soaked eggplants to a steamer, try to keep some space among each one. If you get a larger steamer, lay only one layer is the best option. Heat water to a boiling firstly and then place the steamer on. Steam for 10 minutes. You will get cloud like steamed eggplant wedges.

Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (4)

Set up the eggplants in serving plate and then pour the sauce on top.

Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (5)

Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (6)

Chinese Eggplant Salad Recipe

Chinese eggplant recipe–Spicy Cold Salad

5 from 8 votes

Print Pin Rate

Course: Salad

Cuisine: Sichuan cuisine

Keyword: Eggplant

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 170kcal

Author: Elaine

Ingredients

  • 2 small long eggplants , or one large one
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar , for soaking optional

Sauce

  • fresh chili peppers 1 red and 1 green| cut into small circles
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves , mashed
  • 1/2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. chili powder , optional
  • 1 tsp. chopped scallion white
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. black vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt or as needed
  • 1 tbsp. boiled warm water
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Instructions

Prepare and soak the eggplant

  • Cut the eggplants into halves and further into small wedges. Soak in large pot of water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Make the sauce

  • Add garlic, ginger, scallion white, pepper powder, toasted sesame seeds and fresh pepper circles in a bowl and then drizzle around 2 tablespoons of hot oil on top. Mix in light soy sauce, sugar, black vinegar, sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of clean water. Set aside to combine for a while.

Steam the eggplants

  • Transfer the soaked eggplants to a steamer, try to keep some space among each one. If you get a larger steamer, lay only one layer is the best option. Heat water to a boiling firstly and then place the steamer on. Steam for 10 minutes. You will get cloud like steamed eggplant wedges.

Serve

  • Set up the eggplants in serving plate and then pour the sauce on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 1373mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 40.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.6mg

I also have lots of great eggplant recipes on the blog, check them for your eggplant ideas.

  1. Yu Xiang Eggplant, a famous Sichuan hot garlic sauce.
  2. Sichuan eggplant
  3. Chinese stuffed eggplants, also known as eggplant box
  4. Super easy eggplants with garlic and fresh pepper
  5. Chinese eggplant with minced pork
Chinese Steamed Eggplant Recipe (7)
Chinese Steamed Eggplant  Recipe (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Nicola Considine CPA

Last Updated:

Views: 5968

Rating: 4.9 / 5 (49 voted)

Reviews: 88% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Nicola Considine CPA

Birthday: 1993-02-26

Address: 3809 Clinton Inlet, East Aleisha, UT 46318-2392

Phone: +2681424145499

Job: Government Technician

Hobby: Calligraphy, Lego building, Worldbuilding, Shooting, Bird watching, Shopping, Cooking

Introduction: My name is Nicola Considine CPA, I am a determined, witty, powerful, brainy, open, smiling, proud person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.