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No-Cook Steamed Eggplant with Scallion Oil and Fried Shallots

When I went off to college with a microwave in hand, my mother taught me a few dishes that you can make in a microwave for a quick and delicious meal. One of those dishes was a ridiculously simple steamed eggplant topped with scallion oil and fried shallots and served with a salty and sweet chili sauce. Now that I am a busy working professional, this dish is even more useful for weeknight dinners. I usually eat this dish with rice and a side of salad. Next time you think that you are too tired to cook a healthy meal, try this no-cook version of steamed eggplant with scallion oil and fried shallots.

This recipe is rated easy and takes 15 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

2 Chinese eggplants

3 Scallions

1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic

a few Thai chili peppers

fish sauce

2 tablespoons of oil (olive or canola)

Handful of fried shallots or peanuts for a crunch

Salt

Sugar

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Directions:

Diced the scallions and place into a microwavable bowl.

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Add 2 tablespoons of oil and mix. Microwave for 40 seconds so that the scallion cook in the oil. Set aside.

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Lightly cut into the eggplant (just pass the skin) lengthwise. Do a few of these incisions into the eggplant (approximately 6). Cut off the end of the eggplant and discard.

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Soak the eggplant in water for a minute.

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In a small bowl, mix 1/4 teaspoon of sugar with 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Rub all off the eggplant. Place in a microwavable plate.

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Add 2 tablespoons of water to the plate.

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Wrap the plate with plastic wrap and microwave for 4 minutes. The eggplant should be softened at this point.

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Carefully remove the wrap and peel off some of the skin. You can skip this step if you like to eat all the skin.

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Top the eggplant with the scallion oil and a handful of fried shallots.

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In a small mixing bowl, incorporate the following ingredients to make a dipping sauce:

2 tablespoons of fish sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of water, 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of chopped Thai chili and 1/4 teaspoon of lime juice.

 

Enjoy this simple and healthy dish with rice.

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Authors: Susan Tran and Chau Hoang

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