Spicy Teriyaki Eggplant & Bell Peppers

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We have finally (finally finally finally) settled into our new home and have made an extra effort to explore the local community as much as possible. One of my favorite new places is the South Carolina State Farmers Market. Farmers from all over the state bring their fresh produce to sell. Upon talking with some of the vendors, we picked up a basket of fresh eggplants and a bundle of unique sweet bell peppers called Tequila Peppers.

I asked one of sweet lady behind the table how she typically prepares Tequila Peppers and she recommended a teriyaki stir fry. While her recipe sounded more sweet than savory, I knew that I could make a very similar spicy version using just a few simple ingredients. And voilà! A gorgeous dinner made with fresh, local ingredients.

I really think that you are going to like this recipe! I am so excited to share more future farmers market finds. As always, when you make this recipe, please don’t forget to tag Sweet Pea Living on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #sweetpealiving to share it. I would love to see how this delicious dish turns out for you!

Spicy Teriyaki Eggplant & Bell Peppers

Sweet Pea Living
A delicious vegetable-based stir fry made with fresh eggplant and bell peppers!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


Teriyaki Sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup garlic chili paste
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 3 garlic cloves minced


  • 2 lbs eggplant cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 lb bell peppers seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • sesame seeds
  • green onion sliced
  • Sriracha sauce
  • 2 cups rice cooked


  • Whisk the sauce ingredients in a bowl, making sure the sugar is dissolved.
  • Place eggplant in a large bowl and pour the marinade over the top. Let rest for at least 20 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell peppers, and eggplant with marinade. Saute until browned.
  • Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds, green onion, and Sriracha sauce.


Keyword Fresh Vegetables, Stir Fry, Teriyaki
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