Vegan Miso Glazed Eggplant Recipe

Published on April 6th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Front shot of Vegan Miso Glazed Eggplant in a plate

Miso glazed eggplant is the epitome of umami, hitting all your taste buds with sweet, salty, savory, acidic, and pungency all at the same time. So naturally, vegans use miso paste as the main ingredient. Miso is fermented soybean paste available in various forms such as white, yellow, and red miso. The longer it's fermented, the darker the color and the richer it becomes. The glaze contains yellow miso paste for a more mild flavor, sake, mirin, and brown sugar brushed onto Japanese eggplant topped with sesame seeds and scallions. It is caramelized in the oven, creating those irresistible umami flavors you'll want to cover everything in a miso glaze. If you're looking for a showstopping quick and easy vegan side dish, this is the one for you. Quickly turn this into a meal by adding glaze and eggplant to noodles, rice, or topping on a salad. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Serves
2 persons

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sake

  • 1/4 cup Mirin

  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 cup White Miso Paste

  • 1 large Japanese Eggplant

  • 1 tablespoon Toasted Sesame Seeds

  • 1 Scallion, thinly sliced

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 °F

Combine sake, mirin, brown sugar and miso paste in a small pot, whisking everything together. 

Place on the stovetop at low heat and continue whisking for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved & the miso paste is incorporated. Miso tends to burn easily, keep whisking and checking the bottom of the pot. 

Once the glaze is ready, set it aside to cool on the counter while you prepare your eggplant. 

Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat, this comes in handy when cooking the eggplant and helps preserve all the caramelization. If you don't have one handy, you can use parchment paper sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Wash & peel the eggplant & slice it into 1/4 inch thick slices lengthwise. 

Arrange the eggplant on the baking sheet keeping them slightly separated. Using a pastry brush, glaze each side of the eggplant & bake in the oven for 15 minutes until the top is slightly charred, and the eggplant is still a little firm but cooked through. You should be able to poke it with a fork & it slides through easily. 

Remove the eggplant from the oven & add one more layer of miso glaze onto the eggplant. Using a spatula, slide them onto a plate, sprinkle with sesame seeds & sliced scallions. Enjoy your vegan miso eggplant. 

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