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Spicy Red Chili – Szechuan Style Eggplant & Shiitake Mushrooms

Spicy Red Chili - Szechuan Style Eggplant & Shiitake Mushrooms | Dads That Cook

By Jason Glover

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Who needs take out when you can make this Szechuan Style Eggplant & Shiitake Mushrooms at home? Can be as spicy or mild as you'd like depending on the amount of chilies you add.

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time25 minsTotal Time45 mins

 1 ½ lbs Japanese eggplant - about (4) 10-inch eggplants
 2 tsp salt
 2 tbsp corn starch
 4 tbsp toasted sesame oil
 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
 2 tsp minced ginger
 5 dried red chilies (add more for spicier)
 1 ½ cups shiitake mushrooms
 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
Szechuan Sauce
 ¼ cup coconut aminos
 1 tbsp garlic chili paste (or 1 tsp crushed red pepper)
 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
 1 tbsp rice vinegar
 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine or mirin
 3 tbsp sugar or brown sugar
 ½ tsp Chinese five spice
 sliced green onions, for garnish
 sesame seeds or chopped peanuts, for garnish

Prep the Eggplant and Mushrooms
1

Cut the eggplant into 1/2-inch thick half moon, place in a large bowl, cover with water, and stir in 2 tsp salt.

2

Cover and let stand for 20-30 minutes.

3

Heat the toasted sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

4

Add the shiitake mushrooms and sauté until they begin to soften. Add a couple tablespoons of water and continue sautéing until softened and golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make the Szechuan Sauce
5

Toast the Szechuan peppercorns in a dry skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and crush/finely chop.

6

In a small bowl, combine the crushed peppercorns with the coconut aminos, garlic chili paste, sesame oil, rice vinegar, Chinese cooking wine, sugar, and Chinese five spice. Whisk until well combined and set by the stove.

Make the Stir Fry
7

Drain the eggplant, pat dry with a towel, and toss with the corn starch.

8

Working in two batches, heat 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of the eggplant and spread them out into a single layer.

9

Let one side of the eggplant brown then turn them over using tongs and brown the other side. This will take about 10 minutes per batch. (Be patient, you want the eggplant to be cooked through.)

10

Set the eggplant aside and add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to the skillet. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until softened, about 2 minutes.

11

Add the dried chilies and continue sautéing for another minute. (Make sure your fan is turned on.)

12

Pour the Szechuan sauce into the pan and bring to a simmer. Return the eggplant to the pan and toss gently for about 1 minute, until fully coated with sauce. If it seems dry, add a tablespoon or so of water to loosen.

13

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds or chopped peanuts. Serve over rice or rice noodles. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 ½ lbs Japanese eggplant - about (4) 10-inch eggplants
 2 tsp salt
 2 tbsp corn starch
 4 tbsp toasted sesame oil
 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
 2 tsp minced ginger
 5 dried red chilies (add more for spicier)
 1 ½ cups shiitake mushrooms
 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
Szechuan Sauce
 ¼ cup coconut aminos
 1 tbsp garlic chili paste (or 1 tsp crushed red pepper)
 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
 1 tbsp rice vinegar
 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine or mirin
 3 tbsp sugar or brown sugar
 ½ tsp Chinese five spice
 sliced green onions, for garnish
 sesame seeds or chopped peanuts, for garnish

Directions

Prep the Eggplant and Mushrooms
1

Cut the eggplant into 1/2-inch thick half moon, place in a large bowl, cover with water, and stir in 2 tsp salt.

2

Cover and let stand for 20-30 minutes.

3

Heat the toasted sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

4

Add the shiitake mushrooms and sauté until they begin to soften. Add a couple tablespoons of water and continue sautéing until softened and golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

Make the Szechuan Sauce
5

Toast the Szechuan peppercorns in a dry skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and crush/finely chop.

6

In a small bowl, combine the crushed peppercorns with the coconut aminos, garlic chili paste, sesame oil, rice vinegar, Chinese cooking wine, sugar, and Chinese five spice. Whisk until well combined and set by the stove.

Make the Stir Fry
7

Drain the eggplant, pat dry with a towel, and toss with the corn starch.

8

Working in two batches, heat 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of the eggplant and spread them out into a single layer.

9

Let one side of the eggplant brown then turn them over using tongs and brown the other side. This will take about 10 minutes per batch. (Be patient, you want the eggplant to be cooked through.)

10

Set the eggplant aside and add 1 tablespoon peanut oil to the skillet. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until softened, about 2 minutes.

11

Add the dried chilies and continue sautéing for another minute. (Make sure your fan is turned on.)

12

Pour the Szechuan sauce into the pan and bring to a simmer. Return the eggplant to the pan and toss gently for about 1 minute, until fully coated with sauce. If it seems dry, add a tablespoon or so of water to loosen.

13

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds or chopped peanuts. Serve over rice or rice noodles. Enjoy!

Spicy Red Chili – Szechuan Style Eggplant & Shiitake Mushrooms

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