Spicy Air Fryer Japanese Eggplant

How to Make

A little heat & a tad sweet.  This delicious eggplant recipe will excite your palate!


3 Japanese Eggplants 1 T Rice Vinegar ½ T Chili Garlic Sauce  ½ T Sesame oil 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce 1 tsp fish sauce 1 tsp sugar 2 green onions

Air Fryer Japanese Eggplant Ingredients


Cut & Air Fry


Cut just the tops off the eggplants and air fry in preheated air fryer for 10 minutes. Flip over eggplant half way through.

Make Dressing


While the eggplants are cooking, prepare dressing by mixing together rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar & half the green onion in a small bowl.

Remove Eggplant


After 1st Air Fry, remove eggplants from the air fryer and transfer to a cutting board.  Grab some tongs, you'll need them!

Slice Open


With the help of tongs, make a slice into the eggplants lengthwise, about ¾ of the way through to keep each eggplant as 1 piece

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Open & Baste


Spread open the middle of the eggplant and flatten with a spoon or fork.  Lightly salt eggplant and baste generously with dressing

2nd/Final Air Fry


Spray air fryer rack/basket with some cooking oil, gently place eggplants on rack and air fry 6-7 more minutes depending on your desired doneness. Baste again halfway through.



Transfer eggplants from the air fryer to plates or serving dish.  Top with chopped green onion.  Serve with some of the spicy dressing and enjoy! Best served cut into bite size pieces.

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