Grilled Eggplant with Miso Marinade

grilled eggplant with miso marinade

Note:
We have lots of eggplants at the moment as they are in season and everyone has them in their garden. So as part of today’s BBQ lunch, I grilled some eggplant with a miso marinade from ‘Vegetarian Barbecues and Grills’ by Rose Elliot. The result = exactly like the Japanese ‘nasu dengaku’ dish loved by many… but without having to deep fry the eggplant!

Ingredients:
6 Japanese eggplants (the long thin ones), halved lengthwise or 2 Mediterranean eggplants, cut into long thin strips
1 pinch of sea salt
50g of light miso paste
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of sherry, cooking wine or rice wine (like sake)
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds or gomashio

Instructions:

1. Preheat a BBQ plate or charcoal grill for direct grilling over high heat.
2. Cut the eggplants in half, cutting through the stalks if you can.
3. Sprinkle sea salt over the eggplant (on the flesh) and leave for about 20 minutes to remove the bitterness of the vegetable.
4. While the eggplant is resting, make the marinade by combining the miso paste, brown sugar and sherry/cooking wine.
5. Rinse the eggplant and pat dry.
6. Spread the miso marinade over the eggplant (on the flesh) and place in fridge for about 30-60 minutes. The longer you leave it, the stronger the taste.
7. Meanwhile, if you don’t have gomashio on hand,  roast some sesame seeds and salt together in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir for a minute or two until the seeds start to ‘pop’ and jump.
8. Remove the sesame seeds from the heat and crush them with a mortar and pestle or the back of a wooden spoon in a bowl.
9. Cook the eggplant on the barbecue or grill, marinade side up for about 5-10 minutes.
10. Sprinkle the eggplant with sesame seeds/gomashio and serve.
Kudos:
This recipe is from Rose Elliot’s ‘Vegetarian Barbecues and Grills’ – an awesome find at my local op shop.
vegetarian barbecues recipe book
About these ads

Categories: Bigger Meals, Cookbook Challenge, Salads

Connect to Vegematarian

Receive updates, make comments.

2 Comments on “Grilled Eggplant with Miso Marinade”

  1. March 8, 2013 at 8:58 PM #

    Yay I’ve been waiting for a new post from Vegematarian!

    I love this grilled eggplant idea, especially for a vegetarian BBQ. I should definitely try the miso marinade.

    My partner and I just had eggplant parmigiana for dinner and it was absolutely amazing!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • April 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM #

      Thanks for the feedback and your enthusiasm, Nat. Mmmm eggplants are so delicious and it has been a great season for them in Melbourne this Summer :-)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96 other followers

%d bloggers like this: