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Air Fried Spicy Chinese Eggplant

Air Fried Spicy Chinese Eggplant

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword air fryer, eggplant
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 209 kcal


Air Fried Eggplant

  • 1 pound Asian eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Spicy Eggplant Meat Sauce

  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine sherry can be substituted
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger skin removed, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese chili paste I used Hunan chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar balsamic vinegar can be substituted
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 scallion chopped


Air Fried Eggplant

  1. Trim tops off eggplant. Cut eggplant into 3/4" thick pieces, about 3" in length.

    Air Fried Spicy Chinese Eggplant
  2. Place in a bowl. Cover with cold water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Let sit 15 minutes.

    Air Fried Spicy Chinese Eggplant
  3. Drain eggplant, rinse under cold water, and pat dry with paper towels.

  4. Return eggplant to dry bowl. Toss with one tablespoon oil.

  5. Air Fry eggplant at 390-400 degrees for about 15 minutes, until inside flesh is tender.

    Air Fried Spicy Chinese Eggplant

Spicy Eggplant Meat Sauce

  1. While eggplant is air-frying, prepare Eggplant Meat Sauce.

  2. Marinade ground turkey with soy sauce and 1 teaspoon rice wine for 15 minutes.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large skillet.

  4. Add garlic and ginger; stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add crushed Szechuan peppercorns and chili paste; cook for another minute.

    Air Fried Spicy Chinese Eggplant
  5. Add marinated meat and stir-fry until brown.

  6. Add rice wine, sugar, vinegar, and 3 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and add air-fried eggplant. Toss and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

  7. Mix cornstarch with 2 teaspoons cold water; stir into eggplant to thicken sauce.

  8. Drizzle with sesame oil and toss. Garnish with chopped scallions.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fried Spicy Chinese Eggplant
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 395mg11%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 97IU2%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.