How to make Miso Nasu (miso glazed eggplant): Easy Japanese recipes for foreigners

Growing up, I never liked eggplant (nasu). I’m not sure why. I think children aren’t supposed to like eggplant, cabbage, spinach, and all those other delicious vegetables I can’t seem to get enough of now.

Nasu, a small, purple Japanese eggplant, is abundant in the spring and summer. With a delicious and chewy texture, healthy interior, and a variety of ways to cook it, nasu is my go-to summer vegetable. For those of you who also love nasu, here is a fun way to cook Miso Nasu (or eggplant glazed in a miso sauce).

Miso Nasu glazed eggplant Japanese recipe

1. Get your ingredients

If you live in Japan, you can get these ingredients at any convenience store or grocery store. If you live outside of Japan, they might be a bit more difficult to find. All you really need is the eggplant, the miso, and the soy sauce. Everything else certainly makes it taste better, but it’s necessary.

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) of sake or gin
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) of mirin
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) of shoyu Japanese soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) of sesame oil (if not available, you can use vegetable oil)
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) of miso (either white or red miso)
  • Two eggplants

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) of sugar (optional)
  • 1 dried chili (optional), soaked and drained
  • 4 ounces of ground beef (or pork)

2. Cut the nasu eggplant into long strips

Miso Nasu glazed eggplant Japanese recipe

You’re going to want the eggplant to be about half the width of your thumb. Too thin and it will break apart (which is ok, I guess); too thick and the center won’t absorb the delicious miso.

3. Pour the sesame oil into the frying pan

As I said before, if you don’t have sesame oil, you can use vegetable oil. Turn the frying man in medium.

4. Once the sesame oil is hot, dump the nasu eggplant in

Watch out for oil splashes. Cook the eggplant on medium for about a minute, until it is starting to turn yellow.

5. Add ground pork/beef

If you’re making vegetarian nasu egpplant miso, skip this step. Stir the mixture for five to ten seconds.

Miso Nasu glazed eggplant Japanese recipe

6. Add the miso

While I recommended 3 tablespoons, you can put as much (or as little) as you want. I usually put too much miso in, but I love the taste of miso.

Stir the mixture for about a minute, letting the miso coat the meat and eggplant.

7. Add the rest of the ingredients (soy sauce, mirin, sake/gin, sugar, chili)

Stir the mixture.

8. Cook on high for ten minutes

Miso Nasu glazed eggplant Japanese recipe

Or until the nasu eggplant starts to burn or turn brown. By now, the nasu eggplant should be less springy and more squishy.

9. Serve over a bed of rice


Miso Nasu glazed eggplant Japanese recipe


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4 Comments on How to make Miso Nasu (miso glazed eggplant): Easy Japanese recipes for foreigners

  1. Yum! just made this its delicious! ! i hope you read this comment, please add more easy japanese meals :)

  2. Mmm. OK, I’m intrigued…

  3. i love eggplant cooked this way too! this chinese recipe is a similar one like yours. you should try it! (i cheat and buy the packet mix sauce :P)

    • Oh, that looks delicious. I bookmarked the page – I will try cooking that tonight (and tell you how it goes). I’m super-excited, that looks wonderful.


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