This Thai Basil Eggplant is a vegan, gluten-free, healthy dish based on a popular restaurant-favorite! No frying necessary, easy 5 minute sauce, and full of flavor!
In a large non-stick pan or stainless steel pan, heat 2 or 3 Tbsp of cooking oil on medium heat.
Stir the eggplant pieces every few minutes. Add a little more oil or water to help cook the eggplant and keep it from sticking to the pan if needed (if adding water to help cook the eggplant, be sure to add a small amount each time so that you don't end up with watery mushy eggplant). While the eggplant is cooking continue on to preparing the rest of the dish.
The eggplant is done once it is tender, but still firm so it holds shape. Turn off the heat and set aside in the pan.
Turn the tofu frequently until all the water is burned off and the tofu is lightly golden brown on most sides (be sure not to burn the tofu).
Once the tofu is done, add it to the eggplant.
In the same non-stick frying pan, add 1 tbsp cooking oil and heat on medium-high. Add the thinly sliced onions and bell peppers. Saute until they are cooked but still crispy. Add the minced garlic half way through and saute it into the onions and bell peppers.
Once the veggies are done, add it to the eggplant and tofu.
Whisk all ingredients listed under sauce above. Mix until all the cornstarch has dissolved. Add more chili sauce if you prefer additional spice.
Heat the pan containing eggplant, tofu, and veggies once more.
Once the pan is hot, add the sauce, turn down the heat to low-medium and mix frequently until the sauce slightly thickens and coats the eggplant and veggies. This should only take a few minutes.
Turn off the heat and add some freshly chopped basil. Mix once more and serve hot with some cooked quinoa or brown rice!
I've found that all store-bought hoisin sauces very considerably in taste. Depending on the brand you use, feel free to adjust the amount of tamari or soy sauce as needed.
To make this dish faster, be sure to cook the tofu/veggies at the same time as the eggplant using 2 different non-stick pans.