Napa Cabbage Wraps with Chinese Eggplant and Basil

Serving Size


Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

25 min


Serving Size


Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

25 min


  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 Frieda’s Chinese eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon Frieda’s ginger, grated

  • 1-2 Frieda’s Thai green chiles, finely chopped

  • 2 Frieda’s lemongrass stalks, finely chopped

  • 1/2 white onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped

  • 1 head Frieda’s napa cabbage, leaves removed and cleaned


  • Sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar 

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

Napa Cabbage

Cooking Steps

  1. 1

    Fill a large bowl with water; add salt. Place Chinese eggplant in salt water with a large dish on top of eggplant to keep it submerged. Allow the eggplant to sit in salt water 15 minutes. Drain eggplant; pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. 

  2. 2

    Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil to large skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add eggplant in a single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until eggplant is golden outside and fork tender in the middle. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

  3. 3

    To make sauce, combine sesame oil, garlic, rice vinegar, coconut sugar, and soy sauce in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk cornstarch and water together. Pour cornstarch slurry into sauce and stir.

  4. 4

    Warm remaining tablespoon of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ginger, Thai green chile and lemongrass. Saute for 2-3 minutes until green chile softens. Add white onion to skillet and turn to medium-high heat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently for 5-7 minutes, until onion is soft and just beginning to turn gold around the edges. 

  5. 5

    Return Chinese eggplant to skillet along with sauce and cook for another minute. The sauce should thicken. Stir in fresh basil and remove from heat.

  6. 6

    Divide the stir-fry between the napa cabbage leaves and enjoy warm.

Where to Buy Frieda’s

Where to Buy Frieda’s