Warm Eggplant Salad With Sesame and Shallots

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This looked interesting, and I am posting here for safekeeping. Will update description when I try it. Good thing about it is that it offers substitutes for hard-to-find Asian ingredients. A recipe by Haryumi Kurihara, the "empress of Japanese domesticity" based on an article I cut out of the NY Times.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut off stems of eggplant and cut in half lengthwise. Soak in cold water 5 minutes, drain and pat dry. Arrange on a microwave-safe plate, cover with plastic wrap and cook until softened and tender (3-6 minutes). Let stand a few minutes to finish cooking. Or steam eggplant 5-7 minutes or until limp and tender.
  2. In a bowl combine sugar, soy sauce, sake (or sherry), vinegar, sesame seeds and sesame paste (or peanut butter).
  3. Cut (skinned if desired) eggplant into strips about 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long. A handful at a time, wrap strips in paper towels and squeeze to get rid of extra water. Mound on serving plate.
  4. Drizzle sauce over eggplant, and scatter myoga (or shallots) and shiso (or herbs) on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  5. For Vegan if using Sake make sure the Sake is Vegan friendly.
Most Helpful

You can also use tahini instead of Japanese sesame paste.

blucoat February 10, 2011

I don't know what I did wrong here but I followed the directions and the eggplant was like mush. I also should have peeled it because the skin was too tough. We didn't like the dressing either.

elliesstuff June 10, 2008

I made this for ZWT4 as well. I used Sherry, peanut butter & a mix of mint and basil leaves. I also used Japanese eggplant. I served it with some grilled pork. Yummy!

VLizzle June 03, 2008