Nasu Dengaku – Grilled Miso Glazed Eggplants

The sauce is great with all kinds of grilled veggies, fish or even firm tofu. Eggplants are used in this recipe. Just warm the chilled sauce before using.
By Shannon Lim

Nasu Dengaku - Grilled Miso Glazed Eggplants

All you do is to grill the eggplant to bring out its smokey flavour, either on the grill over the stove top or in the oven toaster. Grilling over stove top is a little tricky, just turn them over as gently as possible because the cooked eggplant can fall apart. Then serve with a glossy, salty-sweet dengaku (??) sauce, adding a well balanced sweet earthy flavour of its own. Place it back under a toaster oven for a minute caramelizes the miso sauce adding even more depth. It’s great as an appetizer with some beer or as a main with some hot white rice.

Nasu Dengaku - Grilled Miso Glazed Eggplants
 
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The sauce is great with all kinds of grilled veggies, fish or even firm tofu. Eggplants are used in this recipe. Just warm the chilled sauce before using.
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Recipe Type: Side
Serves: 2
Ingredients
Grilled Eggplant
  • 4 small Eggplants – cut in half lengthwise
  • Vegetable oil for brushing
  • Toasted Sesame seeds
  • Bonito Flakes (optional)
Dengaku Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Mirin
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking Sake
  • 3 tablespoon Miso
  • 1 teaspoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Water
Instructions
  1. Slice the eggplant in half lengthwise and score a criss-cross pattern into them to help retain the sauce.
  2. Brush the eggplant surface with oil and place onto a grill pan over stovetop (and cover) or in a toaster oven until the tops are a dark brown and the eggplant is cooked when you can pierce through easily with a skewer. It takes about 10 minutes for small eggplant in a toaster oven or 5-10 minutes on the grill pan.
  3. Give the sliced sides a good coating of Dengaku sauce then put under the toaster oven to get a little caramelization (be careful, this sauce will burn quickly).
  4. Garnish with sesame seeds/bonito flakes/spring onion. Serve immediately with rice.
Dengaku sauce
  1. Place all the ingredients in a small pan, and stir over low heat. Adjust the consistency by adding drops of water. It should not be too runny, but should flow thickly, rather like a thick ketchup.
3 Comments
  1. thank you for this good recipe. i am making it now, and am not sure if it will work out well but it is looking good. i do not have a few of the ingredients for the sauce. no ginger or sesamy oil. we are also puting it in the oven stead of the grill **( is this OK?). we decided to serve tonight with brown rice (which is in the cooker at the moment) and some wedges. we will see how it goes,mmmm yummy. wish us luck !

  2. we are also thinking about grating cheese over the whole meal at the end. also, dont have regular salt only chicken salt, do you think that will be ok?

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