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15 Minutes Eggplant with Spicy Soy Sauce

Let’s talk a bit about this 15 minutes eggplant spicy soy sauce. I think this is an awesome summer dish because one, it takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish, and two, you only need your microwave for this.

I don’t know about you, but I try to avoid staying in the kitchen for long in the summer heat. So, dishes like this that is not only easy, but also delicious, and virtually no cooking time is godsend.

15 Minutes Eggplant with Spicy Soy Sauce
15 Minutes Eggplant with Spicy Soy Sauce

Chinese eggplant

I use Chinese eggplant, which is slimmer and lankier compared to its American sibling. Try to find one that is about 400-450 grams (slightly under one pound) in weight.

To retain the nice purple color of the eggplant skin, the trick is to brush them liberally with oil (I use olive oil, you can use whatever oil you have at home). Then, I just arrange the eggplants in two plates, cover with saran, and cook with the 2-serving fresh vegetable setting in my microwave.

Since each microwave is slightly different, please experiment or consult your microwave manual for the appropriate cooking time.

15 Minutes Eggplant with Spicy Soy Sauce
15 Minutes Eggplant with Spicy Soy Sauce

Spicy soy sauce

Once the eggplant is out from the microwave, make the sauce by simply mixing together soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, sambal oelek, and sesame oil. Pour the sauce over the cooked eggplant, and garnish with some thinly sliced scallions.

15 Minutes Eggplant with Spicy Soy Sauce

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 6 mins

Cook Time: 4 mins

Total Time: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 1 Chinese eggplant (about 400-450 gram/slightly under 1 pound)
  • olive oil (or other vegetable oil), to brush the eggplant skin
  • Sauce (mix the following together)
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Garnish
  • 2-3 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions


  1. Remove the top part (stem) of eggplant, cut into 2 halves lengthwise, and cut each half into 3 pieces. Make 3 thin slits to each pieces.
  2. Brush the eggplant skin liberally with olive oil (or any vegetable oil), arrange the eggplants in a nice serving plate and cover with saran plastic wrap. Cook the eggplant in a microwave. I use a 2-serving fresh vegetables setting, but since each microwave is slightly different, please consult your microwave manual for appropriate cooking time.
  3. Once the eggplant is cooked, remove the saran wrap. Pour the sauce over the eggplant and garnish with scallions.
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  • Bec Bec says:

    Another great recipe - I love eggplant! Can't wait to give this a go. Thanks for including the weight of the eggplant - size is so different!

    • Anita Anita says:

      You are welcome Bec. I totally understand too, the size in eggplants can vary from less than half a pound to over a pound!

  • Odelia Odelia says:

    What is "2-serving fresh vegetables setting" in the microwave? If you don't use microwave what are the other way of cooking the eggplant?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hm... my microwave has a setting to cook fresh vegetables, and when I press the button, it asks me how many servings I want to cook, and I can press 2. But I understand different brand of microwaves have different kind of functions, so yours may work differently than mine. If microwave sounds a bit tricky, you can use a steamer instead. It should take about 8-10 minutes over high heat when you use a steamer. Cheers :)

  • Elaine Elaine says:

    Fabulous recipe to make a delicious soy sauce. I am really excited to try it this weekend as I am planning to have something that will be the perfect match for it. Yum.

  • Jeannette Jeannette says:

    What a wonderfully delicious and simple recipe this is! My family will love it! Thanks for sharing something with my favourite ingredient - eggplant :D

  • Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I love eggplant, but don't always know how to cook it, thanks for the great recipe to try!

  • Andrea Metlika Andrea Metlika says:

    Such a fantastic looking recipe. I love eggplant and can't wait to taste this.

  • Biana Biana says:

    This looks amazing. I love everything with Chinese eggplant in it, and I am looking forward to trying this recipe.

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