Vegan Japanese Recipe: Eggplants Pan-fried with Basil and Amazu!

Eggplants or Aubergines or Nasu/茄子 in Japanese are a very popular vegetable in Japan whose people have many recipes of their own that would satisfy many vegans and vegetarians worldwide.
These recipes are simple and the ingredients should be easy to obtain!
The present recipe is a bit of a crossover between Asia and Europe!
Amazu/甘酢 means sweet Japanese rice vinegar! If you don’t have any use rice vinegar and some honey!

Eggplants Pan-fried with Basil and Amazu/Nasu to Bajiru no Amazu Itame/茄子とバジルの甘酢炒め!

INGREDIENTS: (for 4 people)

Eggplants/Aubergines: 4
Rice vinegar: 30 cc(1/6 of a cup)
Cane sugar: 1 tablespoon
(If you use amazu, count 40 cc~1/4 of a cup)
Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
Olive oil: 50cc (1/4 of a cup)
Basil leaves : 5~6 large leaves


Cut all the eggplants in bite size pieces and fry in olive oil on a low~medium fire.

Fry eggplants until they have softened completely.
Add salt, rice vinegar and cane sugar (or amazu) and keep stirring and frying until juices have completely evaporated.

Once the eggplants have attained a stewed aspect, switch off fire, add finley chopped basil and mix.
Serve hot. Great atop freshly steamed rice!

You can also let it cool down and chill it inside refrigerator for a nice snack to accompany beer!

Once again, so simple!


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8 thoughts on “Vegan Japanese Recipe: Eggplants Pan-fried with Basil and Amazu!”

  1. This sounds fabulous! Aubergine with sweet vinegar… I will see if I find it at my Japanese shop. Otherwise I will mix rice vinegar with some syrup. I’m not a big fan of honey (I know I’m weird).


  2. The other day discovered your web site while searching on Google. What a joy it has been finding so much information in one spot. I am amazed with the bento boxes featured among other entries. So much to take in I know I’ll be spending lots of time here.
    Plus your links are also wonderful , interested in other cuisines as well. Thank you!


  3. I didn’t know that basil could be used in a pretty delicious recipe like this one, can you create a recipe for 2 little kids using this basil? I just thought that basil is only made to be a tea just like which is they are distribute it all here in Ohio. Hope you can send me some good recipe just like this one! Thanks in advance!


    1. Dear Joana!
      Thank you so much for you kind comments!
      Basil is ok with kids as well as parsley or Italian parsley or any soft leaf herbs!
      The basil I use is sweet basil which you should find fresh in Italian shops. It is very easy to grow from seeds too!
      best regards,


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