Pan-Fried Fairytale Eggplant

Pan-Fried Fairytale Eggplant is made with Asian-inspired seasonings, like sesame oil, soy sauce, Chinese 5-Spice seasoning, white pepper and it also has olive oil, minced garlic. Make this delicious preparation of eggplant in your wok or large frying pan right on the stovetop!

Pan-Fried Fairytale Eggplant


2 servings


2  mins


16 mins



– wok or large frying pan or cast iron skillet – spatula – measuring spoons and cups – wok or large frying pan or cast-iron skillet

Helpful Kitchen Tools

>1-2 tablespoon regular olive oil >1 teaspoon sesame oil > 1 teaspoon minced garlic >1-2 tablespoon


– 1 pound 8 ounces (with tops) fairytale eggplant – 1/4 teaspoon 5-Spice powder – white pepper for serving, amount to taste – Kosher salt, amount to taste


Step 1:  Heat the oils (olive oil and sesame) in the wok (or large frying pan with a lid), add the minced garlic, when the garlic is translucent and the oil is heated(1-2 minutes), add the cut eggplant.

Using a spatula, stir the eggplant until it's coated with the oil mixture. Drizzle the soy sauce and add the water (1/2 cup for less sauce, 1 cup for more sauce). Bring to a simmer.

Stir the eggplant, add the 5-spice, and stir (3-4 minutes covered). Uncover, stir and cook for 5-10 minutes more until the sauce is reduced to the thickness you want.

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