How to Make Delicious Grilled Eggplant at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide

Q: Can I use a regular oven instead of an air fryer for this recipe?
A: Yes, you can bake the eggplant in a regular oven. Adjust the temperature to a similar setting and monitor the cooking time as it might vary slightly.

Q: What can be used as a substitute for small chili peppers?
A: If small chili peppers are not available, you can substitute them with a small amount of any other hot pepper or even red pepper flakes for a similar spicy flavor.

Q: Is there a vegetarian alternative to oyster sauce in this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use a vegetarian oyster sauce made from mushrooms, which is widely available and offers a similar umami flavor.

Q: How important is it to score the eggplant before adding the sauce?
A: Scoring the eggplant helps the flavors of the sauce penetrate more deeply, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Homestyle Grilled Eggplant


  • 1 long eggplant
  • Oil, as needed
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 small chili peppers
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • Chopped green onions, to taste
  1. Prepare the ingredients.
  2. Brush the eggplant with oil, wrap it in aluminum foil, and cook in an air fryer at 180°C (356°F) for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove, cut in half, and score the eggplant to enhance flavor absorption.
  4. Fine chop the garlic, green onions, and chili peppers.
  5. Add regular soy sauce.
  6. Add reduced-salt oyster sauce.
  7. Apply the sauce mixture to the eggplant and grill for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Plate and serve.
  • Low in calories, high in dietary fiber.
  • Contains vitamins and minerals from the eggplant and spices.
  • Adjusting the amount of oil and soy sauce can help control fat and sodium content.
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