Spicy Miso Glazed Eggplant Recipe

by valentina on March 2, 2012

Do you know how eggplants got their name?  They’re not eggs, after all!

Turns out that small, Thai eggplants are a whitish, yellowish color and have the shape of a goose egg.  And because of these particular fruits, in the 18th century, the name eggplant was born.  (Yes, though eaten as a vegetable, technically eggplants are a fruit — a berry actually!)  

And yup, whether you’re dark purple or burgundy, small and cute, long and thin, or big and round, you’re still an eggplant!  No discrimination here!

I found these beauties in an Indian market and fell in love with them.  They were just so pretty — I had to buy a big bag of them.

Here’s what I’m thinking . . . .  call a few friends and invite them over this weekend.  Make this super yummy eggplant, a big pot of Curried Corn Stew, and some brown rice.  Ask one of your guests to bring wine and one to bring dessert.  There you have it, a dinner party in the works!

P.S. Friday Flowers will be back next week for sure!  (I just didn’t have any floral inspiration this week.)  In the meantime, you can check out the gallery here.

Spicy Miso Glazed Eggplant Recipe

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Active Work Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 4

Recipe

1/4 cup light or white miso paste (Shiro-Miso)

3 tablespoons mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce

2 teaspoons chili paste (Sambal Oelek is perfect)

1-1/2 teaspoons finely minced garlic

1-1/2 teaspoons finely grated ginger root

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1-1/2 pounds eggplant (preferably Indian, Chinese or Japanese)

Grapeseed oil for the pan

1/2 cup dry sherry

Fresh mint leaves for garnish

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the miso paste with the mirin, soy sauce, chili paste, garlic, ginger and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Wash and dry the eggplant, and then cut it into sticks that are about 3-inches long and 1/2-inch wide. Add them to the marinade as you work, and once all the eggplant has been cut, mix gently to ensure all of it has been evenly coated with the marinade. (It's a thick marinade, so there shouldn't be to much excess at the bottom of the bowl.) Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinade for about 30 minutes.
  3. Coat a large sauté pan with the oil and place it over medium-high heat. Once it's very hot, add the marinated eggplant. It should sizzle immediately -- if it doesn't, wait until the pan is hot enough! Brown the eggplant on all sides. This should take a couple of minutes. Then reduce the heat to medium low, and cook just until the eggplant is soft, about another 6 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the sherry and cook just until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 30 seconds or so.
  4. Add a few mint leaves to the eggplant and serve over rice.

Notes

If you're not sure how much heat you want, don't add the chili paste to the marinade -- wait until you've finished sauteéing and season to taste with it then.

http://cookingontheweekends.com/2012/03/spicy-miso-eggplant-recipe/

Timeline:
35 minutes ahead: Mix all of the ingredients together except the oil and mint, and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
10 minutes ahead: Sauté the marinated eggplant.
This can be made up to 1 day ahead of time.  Simply reheat it when you’re ready to serve.

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Ericka Sanchez (@NibblesNFeasts) March 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

This is beautiful! My mouth just watered! :o

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sippitysup March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

The rich colors in these photos is so beautiful. No flowers needed. GREG

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averagebetty March 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Beautiful photos — the color on those eggplant are as pretty as flowers ;) And mmm mmm. Can I bring dessert? xo

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valentina March 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I love you people! Thank you! xo

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Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts March 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Am always on the lookout for new eggplant recipes and I love them!! This looks perfect!

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Nicole Presley March 4, 2012 at 3:29 am

I am GOING to have to make this for my momma!

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Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen March 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Pinned this one! Looks so delicious, and healthy too! The minute you mentioned Sambal Oelek I was hooked. :)

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Sophie March 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

What a divine & truly beautiful eggplant aka aubergines dish!

I love it! Yummm,..;I can’t wait to make it! So special too!

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Christy July 18, 2012 at 2:53 am

Soooo yummy! We couldn’t find miso paste at the grocery store so we just doubled the soy sauce and ended up putting a little bit more sugar. We made it with udon noodles. Mm!! Will keep this bookmarked.

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valentina July 18, 2012 at 4:36 am

Christy, so happy you loved this! I LOVE udon noodles! :-)

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