Miso-Glazed Eggplant

Written by chanie on May 30th, 2013

If you’re anything like me, you might go home from a restaurant and dream about a dish you’ve had that was simply, stunning. (Forgive my adjective but having just watched a double episode of MasterChef, I must have heard Gordon Ramsay use it to describe food at least 5 times). Recently, I dined at the uber chic Prime Ko with my mom to celebrate Mother’s Day. This is not something we do yearly, but my mom broached the idea, and since I love eating out (especially at upscale Japanese restaurants), I was more than happy to oblige. The food was so good, I’m thinking we  should make it our thing.

My mom frequents restaurants pretty often, so she was quite familiar with Prime Ko’s menu. She highly recommended their eggplant dengaku, a roasted eggplant dish with a yuzu-sesame miso glaze. Her recommendation was spot on. The eggplant was so good, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The next day, I promptly googled “Dengaku sauce” and began my research for a copycat recipe. 4 eggplants and 2 bags of miso later, I hit the jackpot.

This was my first time working with Japanese ingredients like miso and sake. Miso is a fermented soybean paste mixed with rice or barley. The longer the miso is aged, the deeper the flavor. Young miso is white, light and sweet, while older miso is thick, dark and rich. Kosher miso is available through Eden Organics, ranging from Shiro and  Genmai (light) to Mugi and hacho (dark). Miso lends an amazing depth of flavor to dishes, giving food an umami flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

Sake is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice. It is also referred to as rice wine. While sake is used in Japanese cooking, it is also served as a chilled beverage from ceramic flasks called tokkuri. You may have seen it served in small cups (called choko) in some Asian restaurants.

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  1. Ronnie Fein says:

    So satisfying to eat something out and then get it right at home. Love when a new recipe works. These do, indeed, look stunning.

  2. Hindy says:

    Love this kind of dish! The eggplant looks beautiful and those flavors are fantastic!

  3. stephanie says:

    this looks beautiful! i’ve only been to prime ko once, i need to go back

  4. This is my absolutely favorite Japanese appetizer. I can’t wait to try it. Loved your pictures

  5. Hedy says:

    Where can I find Kosher Miso that is also Gluten-free? Sounds really yummy and looks good too.

  6. Jamie Geller says:

    Chanie – I just had eggplant for lunch! I season with EVOO S + P but this is a deliciously different idea for my mid day staple! Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful photos!

  7. That is the most delicious looking eggplant I have ever seen.

  8. These look and sound crazy amazing!! Cannot wait to try this!

  9. This looks so good! I think I am going to get some eggplant today, this is a must try!

  10. I love miso glaze on fish, but you have inspired me to try it on eggplant too. This sounds great.

  11. I make something similar but the eggplant is thin sliced, it is amazing how well miso and eggplant go together.

  12. This looks amazing! I’ve never roasted a whole eggplant before, how smart! And I love anything glazed.

  13. Andy K says:

    If i want to do this dish for a catering event, do you have any recommendations for serving?
    You say serve immediately and I’m sure it’s for good reason.
    I’m thinking I would keep the finished product warm in a sterno…How do you think it would hold up? Very soggy?
    Thanks for your input.

  14. Ariella says:

    So if I wanted to serve this on shabbos, would I just leave it at room temp? Thanks

  15. Kirsten says:

    Thanks for this recipe!
    I’ve added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me who love to eat from the farm share.
    I appreciate your help in making this index better!

  16. Lara says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe, I have made it and very much loved it :)

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