Japanese Eggplant With Miso

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

A recipe passed on by Australian chef Simon Bryant which he obtained on a trip to Japan.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 50 g miso (red or white)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 eggplants
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon japanese chilli five-spice powder (if you like it hot- this has black sesame, mandarin, chilli, hemp seed & white sesame) (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 green onions (to garnish)


  1. In a bowl mix together miso, sugar, sake, mirin, sake and egg yolk.
  2. Wash eggplant and cut lengthways in 1cm thick pieces. Sprinkle with salt and leave ½ hour. Rinse, pat dry then brush with a little veg oil on both sides.
  3. Either BBQ, grill or panfry eggplant until soft.
  4. Spread one side with miso mix, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Grill for a few minutes until the miso bubbles on top.
  5. Serve, garnished with a little julienned spring onion greens.
Most Helpful

This was so GOOD! I didn't use the 5 spice because (1) I didn't have any and (2) I somehow overlooked that bit. Still, this was very delicious. I used my George Foreman grill to cook the eggplant and it worked great. I think next time I'll slice the eggplant a bit thicker though. I'm thinking this would be nice on fish as well.

Kitsune December 12, 2008

I have now cooked this recipe about 4 times and I LOVE it! I have used white and awase(mix of red and white) miso and both turned out really well. I find that if I put the lid on my frypan when I'm cooking the eggplant before adding the miso it draws out more of the bitterness. I also use brown sugar and serving with spring onions is a MUST for me! Thanks so much!

Manon Barwick July 19, 2008