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This saucy and spicy Thai basil eggplant recipe is ideal for busy weeknights. Coming together in just 30 minutes, the fresh eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, and onions are drenched in a savory mix of hoisin, soy sauce, and aromatic spices while a sprinkling of basil brings all the flavors together. Serve over a bed of warm brown rice, and dig in!

By Nancy Macklin, RDN,


  • 1 large eggplant, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into ¾-inch slices
  • 3 red, green, and/or yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • ½ cup thinly sliced fresh Thai basil
  • 4 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (optional)


  • In an extra-large skillet cook eggplant, peppers, mushrooms, and onion over medium 8 to 10 minutes or until almost tender, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. (If necessary, cook vegetables in batches then return all vegetables to skillet.)
  • In a small bowl stir together the next five ingredients (through arrowroot powder) and 1 cup water. Add to vegetables; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in half of the basil.
  • Serve vegetable mixture over rice. Sprinkle with remaining basil and, if desired, sriracha.

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If I have cornstarch can I use that instead of buying $8 worth of Arrowroot? This looks really good

Lisa, Forks Over Knives Support

Hi Sue. Yes, that should work. They are both good thickeners.

Vicki McIntee

Made this with 2 Japanese Eggplant. Only had 1 Red Bell Pepper. Doubled the sauce as we used 3 portobella mushrooms. It was delicious! Thanks for a new go to dish!

Lynn shavit

Everyone loved this recipe and so simple to make

Matthew Tratz

I wish you would just take the time to state “the next 5 ingredients, for clarity, otherwise great recipe.

Leda Beth

My husband made this with regular basil and we thought it was okay. But when we ate the leftovers, they were amazing! The flavor of the sauce had intensified.


the flavor of this dish is amazing and it came together quickly. it’s great because you can even cook the veggies ahead of time and add the sauce later. this will become a weekly staple.


Amazing Recipe - Tons of Flavor and the sauce makes it perfect. Served mine over buckwheat/sweet pototoe japanese noodles (gluten Free)


I can’t have cornstarch, it is a trigger for my food addiction, any other suggestions?


There’s no cornstarch in the recipe.


Can you suggest a hoisin sauce that is wfpb compliant please?


Great dish, one of my FOK favs! I've also added other veggies such as zucchini, squash and green onions.


What else could I use instead of brown rice? I feel like all of my warm meals are on a 'bed of brown rice' lately


girl if you don't get you some quinoa or rice sticks

Dawn S

Peral Barley is a great alternative to rice!


So yummy!!! Just made this and had it with vermicelli!

Lee Ellman

If you have access to the long, thin and so much tastier Asian eggplant by all means use those instead. Never bitter and with an almost sweet velvety taste and texture use 3 or 4 instead of a large Italian eggplant. Cut into three inch logs and then split each log. Cook as directed.

Roz Morgan

We would recommend this recipe- flavourful and very filling


Very good! I served over pad thai rice noodles. I did cut the large end of the eggplant into 1/4ths slices and kept the small end of 1/2 slices just so it would cook evenly and bits not too big. Will make again

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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