Eggplant with Ginger Miso and Sesame

Preparation info
  • Serves —


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      30 min

Appears in
Masu: Fresh, contemporary, accessible Japanese for the home cook

By Nic Watt

Published 2016

  • About

This is a really classic and simple Japanese miso dish. Served at many little local restaurants, it is a must-have with chicken yakitori. I have created several renditions of eggplant and miso, but find this ginger and barley miso combination to be the best.


  • 100 ml ( fl oz) sake
  • 100 ml ( fl


Combine the sake and mirin in a small saucepan on a high heat and flame off the alcohol. Add the diced ginger and caster sugar and reduce by half.

Add the miso and ginger juice, and cook gently for a couple of minutes to evenly incorporate the miso with the liquid. Allow to cool at room temperature.

Halve the eggplants lengthways and score the flesh a few times in a criss-cross