Simply Healthy Family: Teryaki Shrimp and Seared Eggplant Bowl


Teryaki Shrimp and Seared Eggplant Bowl

I hesitate to label anything Paleo since I don't follow any diets or trends but it's hard to argue that most of the foods that are considered to be Paleo are really good for you. Basically, it's clean eating in it's most basic form. For instance, swapping out soy sauce which is a GMO and is also super high in sodium for healthier coconut aminos and also using a small spoonful of unfiltered, Raw, local honey in place of table sugar are simple swaps to make this dish much healthier.

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Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

The key to getting perfectly cooked shrimp (and seared eggplant) is to heat a good quality wok over medium-high heat for several minutes and then add a high heat oil like peanut oil or sesame oil. 

TIME        15 MINUTES          SERVES      4

1 pound raw, medium size shrimp 

2 medium size eggplants

1/2 cup coconut aminos (3/4 cup if you want it extra saucy ;)

1 tablespoon Raw, unfiltered, local honey

2 tablespoons good quality (*unseasoned) rice vinegar

2 tablespoons sesame or peanut oil

sea salt

sesame seeds


large handful of snow peas or sliced red bell pepper and red pepper flakes to taste

In a small sauce pan add coconut aminos,  honey and rice vinegar. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally for 5-8 minutes until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Heat a large wok over medium-high heat. 

Pull the *tails and shells off of the shrimp. Place the shrimp on a plate and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a pairing knife, remove the peel from the eggplant and discard. Slice the bottom and tops off the eggplant and discard. Slice the eggplant lengthwise into 4 equal pieces. Stack them in two piles,  2 high and slice lengthwise again into 4 pieces. Now chop them into 1 inch squares. 

Add the oil to the wok and let it heat up for 1-2 minutes. Carefully add the eggplant and toss to coat. Toss them occasionally, letting them sear and adding a large pinch of sea salt. Eggplant will soak up a lot of oil but be careful not to use to much. {Toss in the snow peas if using 2-3 minutes before eggplant is done} Using a slotted spoon, remove from heat when glossy and browned being careful to save any remaining oil. Place in a deep plate and cover. 

Add just a bit more oil if needed and let it heat up. Carefully add the shrimp. Spread them out on the wok allowing a bit of room in between. Let them sit for 1-2 minutes then quickly flip them over and cook another 1-2 minutes. Don't overcook them!  Pour in the Teryaki sauce, toss to coat and then remove from heat. 

Serve over the seared eggplant. Garnish with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes if desired. 


Seasoned rice vinegar contains sugar and salt, and sometimes MSG and preservatives.

Save the shrimp shells in a large zip lock freezer bag for shrimp stock! It is a very valuable staple in paella, Ciopinno and many other soups and rice dishes. 

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  1. I love teriyaki! This would make a great taco filling, Gwen.

    1. Absolutely! Or even over rice..... SO not Paleo ;)

  2. I love shrimp with sesame seeds so this dish is right up my alley! The teriyaki is the PERFECT finish!

  3. This sounds great! Two notes though...Rice vinegar isn't Paleo nor is peanut oil. For someone following a strict Paleo diet a simple switch would be white wine vinegar in place of the rice wine and sesame oil like you stated or coconut oil.

    1. Thanks for the clarification. This is why I hesitated and will either remove or edit my title. I for one don't think that it's a big deal to use one vinegar over the other or why peanut oil which I know to be healthy unless you have an allergy is not ok. To each their own and I for one stand by my trend diets don't work opinion.

  4. Keep writing, it is beautiful. You have the talent.

  5. I'm not sure if tofu is paleo, but I'll definitely be trying this sauce with it. Sounds great!

  6. I always like mixing up weeknight meals from "standard" options! Can't wait to try!!

  7. I haven't had shrimp in for ever and this teriyaki version is totally calling my name. Love the pictures. It looks so juicy and flavorful.

  8. I'm always looking for new paleo dishes and this looks and sounds delish! I'll try it soon.

  9. This dish looks wonderful. I will be sharing it with my brother, he's gong to love it.

  10. I don't follow any specific diets but try to eat clean and healthy. Dishes like these make it easier - this looks delicious Gwen!

  11. I love this!! Such a pretty bowl of food. And I've been looking for ways to use homemade stock with leftover shrimp shells. YUM!

  12. Oh.. It looks like so delicious one. It makes me feel hungry. Thank you very much for this recipe

  13. I love eggplant - never thought of using it in teriyaki. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I love shrimp and eggplant is a favorite of mine all summer long. I must try this combination of flavors. Yum.

  15. we don't follow any special diets either, but paleo or not this dish sounds delicious


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