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Healthy “Soy” Glazed Eggplant | Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

by Capri Lilly

Want a healthy take on traditional soy-glazed eggplant? Well, this is it! Instead of using soy sauce, this recipe calls for coconut aminos instead. Coconut Aminos is an excellent replacement for soy sauce and it is packed with tons of nutrients, amino acids, and is low in calories! It is perfect to use when recreating Asian dishes and it is SUPER flavorful!

What are Coconut Aminos?

Coconut Aminos is made from the liquid of fermented sap from coconut palm tree and sea salt. It is savory, slightly sweet, and has the similar umami flavor of soy sauce. Don’t worry, it actually does not taste like coconut at all. It is perfect if you are looking for a gluten-free, Paleo, or Whole30 option to typical soy sauce.

What are some health benefits of Coconut Aminos?

Well, first, it has significantly less salt than the standard soy sauce. So, for those watching your sodium intake, coconut aminos is a great option. Coconut Aminos also have a great nutrient profile. It has:

  • 17 aminos acids

  • Only 5 Calories per teaspoon

  • 1 gram of Carbohydrates

  • 0 grams of Fat

How to use Coconut Aminos?

I long ago stopped using soy sauce, primarily because of the gluten that most soy sauces contain. There are gluten-free soy sauces available, but trying coconut aminos sounded more alluring to me. Gladly, I was open to exploring as now I know the beauty of coconut aminos and its immense flavor! My Favorite Coconut Aminos Brands are Trader Joe’s Coconut Aminos and Bragg Coconut Aminos.

To use coconut aminos , simply substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce in any recipe in a 1:1 ratio. Coconut Aminos are great for:

  • Marinades: Perfect for fish or meat, especially as a tenderizer for tougher meats. I love using coconut aminos in my Sweet and Savory Blood Orange Chicken—it taste incredible!

  • Sauce: Add ginger, garlic, and brown sugar and you have the perfect teriyaki sauce. You can even use coconut sugar to replace the brown sugar to make this teriyaki recipe completely refined sugar free! Or use it plainly as a dipping sauce for your sushi!

  • Dressing: Combine it with lemon, vinegar, and olive oil for a tasty dressing.

  • Seasoning: Keep coconut aminos on your table and use it instead of salt! Or try adding it to a few recipes in place of salt!

How to make “Soy” (Coconut Amino) Glazed Eggplant?

So, now that you are completely well-versed in all things coconut amino, let’s dive into the recipe.

This recipe is an effortless dish that turns out great every single time; takes little work, no time, and gives you a phenomenal vegetable dish.

First, slice the eggplant into large dials. Then slice the dials into 3/4-inch cubes.

Then, in a pan over medium heat, add coconut oil (or olive oil) and add eggplant cubes. Saute the cubes for about 15 minutes (or until soft), making sure to stir occasionally. Eggplant is highly absorbent, so you may need to add a tablespoon or two of oil during the cooking process.

While the eggplant is cooking, prepare the coconut amino glaze. Stir together fresh minced ginger, coconut sugar (or brown sugar), rice wine vinegar, garlic cloves, and coconut aminos in a small bowl. Once the eggplant is soft and golden on all sides, pour the coconut amino glaze onto the eggplant, including any sugar that is at the bottom of the bowl.

Continue to stir and cook the eggplant in the pan, for about 5-10 minutes. The sauce should reduce and be absorbed by the eggplant. The eggplant should be soft.

Top the Coconut Amino Glazed Eggplant with 2 tbsp sliced green onions and peanuts (optional). And Enjoy!

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5 from 18 votes

Healthy Coconut Amino "Soy" Glazed Eggplant

Want a healthy take on traditional soy-glazed eggplant? Well, this is it! Instead of using soy sauce, this recipe calls for coconut aminos instead. Coconut Aminos is an excellent replacement for soy sauce and it is packed with tons of nutrients, amino acids, and is low in calories!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Sauce or Marinade, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: coconut aminos, eggplant, glazed eggplant, gluten-free, gluten-free coconut amino eggplant, healthy soy glazed eggplant, vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 96kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant, cubed
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minded
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red crushed pepper

Instructions

  • Slice the eggplant into large dials. Then slice the dials into 3/4-inch cubes. Then, in a pan over medium heat, add coconut oil (or olive oil) and add eggplant cubes.
  • Sauté the cubes for about 15 minutes (or until soft), making sure to stir occasionally. Eggplant is highly absorbent, so you may need to add a tablespoon or two of oil during the cooking process.
  • While the eggplant is cooking, prepare the coconut amino glaze. Stir together fresh minced ginger, coconut sugar (or brown sugar), rice wine vinegar, garlic cloves, and coconut aminos in a small bowl. Once the eggplant is soft and golden on all sides, pour the coconut amino glaze onto the eggplant, including any sugar that is at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Continue to stir and cook the eggplant in the pan, for about 5-10 minutes. The sauce should reduce and be absorbed by the eggplant. The eggplant should be soft. Season with salt and red crushed pepper.
  • Top the Coconut Amino Glazed Eggplant with 2 tbsp sliced green onions and peanuts (optional). And Enjoy!
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36 comments

Anita April 25, 2020 - 12:02 am

5 stars
Such a fun way to prepare eggplants. So easy and so yummy.

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Biana April 25, 2020 - 12:39 am

5 stars
I love eggplants, and it is such a great idea to use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce! Will be making this version soon.

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Gabby April 25, 2020 - 8:24 am

5 stars
YUM! I have all of these ingredients so am going to give it a go this weekend. The recipe looks absolutely delicious! I love coconut aminos but don’t use it enough in recipes. Looking forward to trying it.

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Capri Lilly April 27, 2020 - 6:24 pm

Hi Gabby! Hope you enjoy!

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Nart | Cooking with Nart April 25, 2020 - 8:59 am

5 stars
Wow, I’m a big fan of eggplant and this dish looks amazing. I could do with this op top of a bowl of rice right now!

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Adrianne April 25, 2020 - 9:13 am

5 stars
I love eggplants and you have shown me a new way to cook them!! Thank-you for that the flavours sound delicious.

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Capri Lilly April 27, 2020 - 6:23 pm

You’re welcome!

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Marta April 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

5 stars
I’ve never really cooked with coconut aminos, but this is the perfect recipe to start doing so!

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Capri Lilly May 1, 2020 - 6:25 pm

Hi Marta! Definitely! I use it often, to season salmon, in marinades, or for glazes like this recipe! 🙂

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Krysten April 30, 2020 - 5:54 pm

5 stars
This is the best recipe for eggplant AND it’s gluten free! Can’t wait to try this again.

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Capri Lilly May 1, 2020 - 6:24 pm

Hi Krysten! I am so glad you like the recipe!

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Aline April 30, 2020 - 6:39 pm

5 stars
Ohhhh I never heard of coconut aminos before (and I grew up in Brazil surrounded by coconut trees ahahah). I loved learning and all the deets you provided. I didn’t have any cococnut aminos this time, but based on your description, I subbed it with soy sauce and the dish came out so good!!! I can’t wait to try it with the aminos when I find it!! Thanks!!

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Capri Lilly May 1, 2020 - 6:23 pm

Hi Aline! I am so happy you enjoyed learning about coconut aminos! I actually offer my favorite coconut aminos in my shop under ‘Gluten-Free’ if you’re interested! I am glad you like the recipe! 🙂

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Tamara j. April 30, 2020 - 7:30 pm

5 stars
Eggplant is such a versatile vegetable, but I definitely never thought about glazing it the way you did. It was so simple to prepare, and was absolutely delicious.

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Capri Lilly May 1, 2020 - 6:21 pm

I am glad you like! This is one of my favorite ways to prepare eggplant!

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Desirée May 1, 2020 - 7:30 pm

5 stars
This looks amazing! Didn’t know I needed this until today!

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2020 - 6:51 pm

Hi Desiree! 🙂 Glad you like!

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Reginia Cordell May 2, 2020 - 12:08 am

5 stars
I’m looking to incorporate more plant based meals into my diet. I’ve tried cooking eggplant before but it didn’t turn out as well as I’d like. Your recipe inspires me to try again. It looks amazing.

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2020 - 6:51 pm

Hi Regina! I am glad you’re open to trying eggplant again. It’s definitely all in the way it’s prepared and with this recipe, you should have no doubts! I hope you enjoy!

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Katrina Adams May 2, 2020 - 1:13 pm

5 stars
I have never tasted egg plant and you have introduced me to a new recipe!!

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2020 - 6:50 pm

Hi Katrina! That’s great! I hope you enjoy!

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bigeyedfoodie May 2, 2020 - 2:05 pm

5 stars
I didn’t know eggplants would look this delicious!

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Capri Lilly May 4, 2020 - 6:50 pm

Definitely! I love how versatile eggplant is! I’m happy you like the recipe!

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Christy Hoover May 4, 2020 - 11:56 pm

5 stars
I could eat the whole pan in one sitting. Have mercy this looks delicious!

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Capri Lilly May 5, 2020 - 3:18 am

haha! Thanks Christy!

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Jayne Rain May 6, 2020 - 7:08 pm

5 stars
I love Eggplants and I am in love with this recipe. So so delicious. Thank you.

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Jazz May 6, 2020 - 7:32 pm

5 stars
I love the simplicity of this recipe. Everything comes together so easily.

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Capri Lilly May 11, 2020 - 5:28 pm

Hi Jazz! I am glad you like!

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Brittany June 14, 2020 - 6:38 pm

5 stars
This has so much flavor, and is completely satisfying as a stand-alone meal. Came together much more quickly on my gas range than expected, and is definitely a make-again recipe.

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Capri Lilly June 16, 2020 - 12:49 am

Hi Brittany! I am so glad you liked the recipe!

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Jennie July 24, 2020 - 1:38 pm

Hi! Sounds amazing! How much sugar should be added? Thanks!

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Capri Lilly July 24, 2020 - 5:26 pm

Hi Jennie! Thanks for asking. 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar works perfect!

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Leslie September 18, 2020 - 12:56 am

5 stars
sweet, delicious, LOVE this recipe! Thanks for sharing and the directions were so simple!!

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Capri Lilly September 18, 2020 - 1:05 am

You’re so welcome! I am happy you enjoyed it!

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