Want to make your eggplant juicy and tasty without removing the nutrients? Try steaming it! Cooked eggplant is a healthy and delicious option for lunch, dinner or a quick snack. With a good steaming basket made of metal or bamboo and preparing the vegetable correctly, you can serve it quickly. It's also a great idea to add sauces and spices to eggplant to make it even more delicious.
Part 1 of 4: Slicing the eggplant and preparing the steaming basket
Step 1. Cut the eggplant diagonally into strips
Cut to length of strips, forming 1 cm thick pieces. That way they will cook faster and more evenly.
Another option is to cut it into 1 cm cubes, if you prefer
Step 2. Fill a wok or slanted pot with water and place on the stove
Use a heat-resistant pan with slanted sides so that the steam cooking basket does not come into contact with water. Then add 2 cm of water.
Step 3. Place the steaming basket in the wok just above the water
Be careful not to let the basket touch the liquid. There should also be a space between the water and the basket.
If you're using a drying rack like the basket, place it in the right position so it's high above the water
Part 2 of 4: Using the Steam Cooking Basket
Step 1. Place the eggplant in the basket and close
Spread the vegetable in a single layer on the bottom of the basket. If it's metal, close tightly so that the eggplant cooks properly.
If you're using a bamboo or a homemade one, be sure to use a tight-fitting lid
Step 2. Light a high heat and cook for ten to 20 minutes
Now, just relax and let the basket work for you. Do not remove the lid until the eggplant has finished cooking. If you prefer it to be a little crispy, cook for only ten minutes. To make it softer, cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
Step 3. Remove the cooked eggplant from the basket
When you have reached the desired point, open the steaming basket or remove the lid. Then remove the eggplant with a tongs or fork very carefully as it will be very hot. Now put it on a plate and season it to taste with salt and pepper or a sauce.
Step 4. Remove eggplant pulp if desired
If you prefer to eat the vegetable without the skin, you can scrape the cooked pulp with a spoon. Try to just remove the pulp and leave the seeds.
Part 3 of 4: Seasoning the Eggplant
Step 1. Make a sauce with soy sauce, chili pepper and garlic
Combine 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of white vinegar or rice vinegar, 1 clove of garlic, and 1 teaspoon (5 g) of refined sugar in a bowl. Then place on top of the cooked eggplant.
You can also garnish the dish with chili peppers and a handful of chopped cilantro
Step 2. Add a sauce made with ginger, sesame oil and chives
Mix 1 teaspoon (5 g) of chopped ginger, ¼ cup (60 g) of chopped chives, ¼ cup (60 ml) of sesame oil and ¼ cup (60 ml) of canola oil in a bowl. Add a little soy sauce and a pinch of kosher salt just for a little flavor. Then put the sauce on top of the cooked eggplant and devour the dish!
Step 3. Put a commercial sauce or oil on the eggplant
If you prefer to buy a commercial sauce, look for Chinese garlic or ginger sauce. You can also buy chili oil and put a little on the vegetable to season it.
Step 4. Serve
Now, you can serve the eggplant alone as a side dish or as a light snack. Place vegetable on top of white rice and add tofu to make a vegetarian main dish. Another option is to serve with beef, chicken or pork as a main dish.
Part 4 of 4: Choosing a Steam Cooking Basket
Step 1. Use a metal basket
The most common type of steam cooking basket is made of stainless steel and fits snugly into an 8-inch pot. You open the basket, place the eggplant inside, and then fold it closed to cook the vegetable.
- Look for the metal basket in kitchen supply stores or on the internet.
- Most metal baskets are dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean and use.
Step 2. Try using a bamboo basket
It comes with two pieces, a round bamboo bowl and a bamboo lid that fits snugly over the bowl. These baskets are great for when you want to cook a bunch of vegetables at once.
- Look for bamboo baskets 10 to 12 inches in diameter in kitchen supply stores or online.
- You can also use this basket to cook other items like meat or dumplings.
Step 3. Make a basket with a drying rack and a heat-resistant dish or lid
If you don't have access to a steaming basket, make one with a metal colander and a heat-resistant dish or pan lid. The lid or the dish must fit snugly in the drying rack.