Miso Eggplant

This Miso Eggplant recipe is sweet, salty, and oh so decadent with very little work involved. The dish can be made in less than 25 minutes! The eggplant is seared with coconut oil and then braised in a sweet miso sauce. The eggplant is browned on the outside, but soft and spongelike on the inside, and completely saturated in the addictive miso sauce. You will turn any non-eggplant eater with this dish, and it pairs wonderfully with any protein or main course.
overhead shot of miso eggplant on a plate ready to eat
ingredients: eggplant, white wine vinegar, garlic, miso and spices

The Ingredients Are Below 

Baby Eggplant:  You can use any eggplant for this recipe, but baby eggplant tends to be a bit sweeter and easier to prep.

Sweet White Miso: I like to use sweet white miso in this recipe. Red miso and brown miso are a bit more pungent. It pairs wonderfully with the mirin and palm sugar and is the perfect amount of umami that soaks into the eggplant. You can find miso in most supermarkets near the tofu in any Asian market or organic market.

Hot Water: The hot water is needed to thin out the mirin with the other ingredients and is also used to cut the sugar content from the mirin and palm sugar, so the sauce is not too “tacky” and sticky. The water makes the sauce smooth and silky.

Mirin: This is fermented Japanese rice wine. It’s similar to sake but has a lower alcohol content and is much sweeter. It adds great depth of flavor and should be a staple in your pantry.

Palm Sugar: I like to use coconut palm sugar as my sweetening agent. This sugar has both a low glycemic index and low fructose levels. It contains antioxidants, minerals, is unrefined, and contains no chemical breakdown alterations or artificial ingredients. It is pure and simple!

Garlic: I like to use a Japanese mandolin to slice the garlic thinly. If you don’t own a mandolin, you can, of course, use a knife. The thinly sliced garlic allows me to make sure it is not burning in the sauté pan, and I love the texture that it adds to the eggplant.

Kosher Salt: Using a high-quality Kosher salt is an absolute MUST for cooking! It will provide a better final product!

Coconut Oil: I use coconut oil to sear the eggplant because it has a high smoking point and adds additional sweetness to the dish. I like to buy unrefined coconut oil that is less processed.

Scallions: Scallions add a nice touch of color to the dish and a little extra raw texture.

REMOVING EXCESS MOISTURE FROM THE EGGPLANT

  • Eggplant is a naturally astringent vegetable. Salt helps extract excess water and opens the vegetable’s pores, making it sweeter and more adaptable to flavor.
  • In French, this process is called degorge.
  • The excess moisture develops on the outside of the eggplant, and then it needs to be patted dry before searing in the coconut oil.
a piece of eggplant in chop sticks
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overhead shot of miso eggplant on a plate ready to eat

Miso Eggplant

This quick and easy eggplant recipe is sweet, salty, and completely addictive! The entire dish can be made from start to finish in less than 25 minutes and requires few ingredients. The eggplant is seared first in coconut oil to create a golden brown exterior and then braised to make it moist and tender. Miso is the star player, as it thickens sweet sauce that soaks into every ounce of the eggplant. This dish is the perfect side to any protein or main course.
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Vegetable Sides
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people
Calories 183 kcal

Ingredients
  

Eggplant

  • 3 lbs baby eggplant, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp sweet white miso
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup mirin
  • 2 ½ tbsp palm sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Scallions for garnish

Instructions
 

Eggplant

  • Place the sliced eggplant on a tray and liberally season with salt. Reserve.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the white miso, hot water, mirin, and palm sugar.
  • Pat the eggplant dry with paper towels. Heat a large sauté pan over moderate heat and coat with coconut oil.
  • Allow the oil to glisten and place the eggplant in the pan flesh side down. Sear the eggplant for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the miso/mirin mixture and the sliced garlic and reduce the heat. Cover the pan and cook for an additional 5-6 minutes until the eggplant is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Spoon the sauce over the eggplant and serve with scallion garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 725mgPotassium: 815mgFiber: 11gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Keyword eggplant recipe, miso eggplant, roasted eggplant recipe
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