Similar in texture to ground beef with a rich, meaty flavor, plant-based crumbles are a perfect addition to quick-cooking stir-fries. Here, the eggplant and zucchini cook quickly, absorbing plenty of flavor from the chile-garlic and soy sauces, without getting overly tender. Fresh cilantro adds an extra pop of freshness to the finished stir-fry; serve over brown or white rice for a fast and filling weeknight meal.


Credit: Photo by Ellen Mary Cronin / Food and prop styling by Radin+Croney Collective

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


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  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and mostly tender, about 5 minutes. Remove eggplant from pan with a slotted spoon, and set aside.

  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent, about 1 minute. Add plant-based “meat” crumbles and cook, stirring frequently and breaking larger crumbles into smaller pieces, until browned, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in zucchini, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in reserved eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant is tender and has absorbed some of the sauce, about 2 minutes. Transfer stir-fry to a serving platter or divide evenly among plates. Garnish with black pepper and fresh cilantro leaves.