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Tender Sticky Eggplants

Looking for a meat-free dinner to try? This super-easy sticky eggplant is packed with flavor and perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Course: Dinner
Keyword: chef it up, eggplant, eggplant dinner, plant-based, plant-based dinner
Servings: 4
Author: Jamie Oliver


  • 2 large eggplants (14 oz each)
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 teaspoons raw sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce


  • ON THE DAY: Put a large non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat. Halve the eggplants lengthways, score into the flesh in a criss-cross pattern at 3/4-inch intervals, then sprinkle with a little sea salt. Place skin-side down in the pan with ½ a tablespoon of olive oil and 2½ cups of water. Add the star anise, sesame seeds, chili jam, vinegar and soy, then cover and boil gently for 20 to 30 minutes, or until all the water has cooked away, the eggplant is soft through and the chili jam is getting sticky. Turn the heat off.
  • TO SERVE: Reheat the eggplants for 5 minutes on a medium-high heat, adding extra splashes of water to create a sticky sauce, if needed. Transfer to a serving plate but don’t touch it straight away – the chili jam means it’ll be very hot!


jamie oliver togetherExcerpted TOGETHER by Jamie Oliver. Copyright © 2021 by Jamie Oliver. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved. Photography by David Loftus, Levon Biss, and Paul Stuart.