Spicy Eggplant and Green Bean Skillet

Eggplant goes from boring to flavorful with this spicy eggplant and green bean recipe with just a few simple ingredients. A healthy vegetarian meal!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Eggplant, Green beans, Vegetarian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 205 kcal
Author Hayley


  • 1 Medium Chinese Eggplant Sliced into 3" strips
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 lbs Fresh Green Beans Trimmed
  • 1/2 Medium White Onion Diced
  • 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Thai Chili Pepper Minced (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tsp Dried Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro Garnish (optional)
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Seed Garnish (optional)


  1. Prepare the eggplants by removing both ends and slicing it into 3" strips. Sweat the eggplant by placing it in a colander and evenly covering it with the 1 tbsp of salt. Set aside to let sit for approximately 20 minutes.

  2. In a medium sized pot fill with water halfway and set over high heat to bring to a boil.

  3. While water is reaching a boil trim green beans and diced the onion and peppers. If 20 minutes have passed rinse the salted eggplant to remove the salt and pat dry. Set aside.

  4. Once the water has reached a roiling boil add the green beans. Boil them for 5 minutes or until the have reached a bright green color.

  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the sesame oil, onion, and peppers. Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions begin to soften or become translucent. While they are cooking sprinkle with ginger and salt stirring to coat.

  6. Add eggplant and more sesame oil if needed. Cook for another 5 minutes or until eggplant begins to brown.

  7. Add green beans, tamari or soy sauce, and fish sauce to skillet and stir to coat everything. Cook for an additional five minutes or until all ingredients are tender and cooked through.

  8. Serve immediately and garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds if desired. Add cauliflower rice or basmati rice to make a complete meal. 

Recipe Notes

Red pepper flakes can be substituted for Thai chili peppers or left out all together is no spiciness is desired.