miso eggplant nasu dengaku

Grilled Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

Lately, I’ve been expanding my knowledge on fermenting food. Fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, and kimchi are not only healthy to consume, but they also come with a special taste, which you need to get use to.

Fermented foods

But what are fermented foods actually? Fermented foods have been gone through a process of lactofermentation, which means that natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food and therefore creates lactic acid.

Because of the fermentation, foods are preserved and all good enzymes, vitamins, fatty acids and probiotics are kept alive. Eating fermented food also helps improving your digestion system.

If you think of the common Japanese ingredient Miso, you would automatically think of the famous Miso soup. As I’m experiencing a lot on miso, I also love to make a miso sesame dressing and pour this over my cold silky tofu, or what about miso as a substitute for salt in your cooking!

Today I share a simple but great recipe with one of my favorite vegetable the eggplant. I seriously can’t get enough of eggplant. I love the tender meat texture and sturdy skin. Andrew doesn’t really like it, but that’s I think due to the fact that his mom told him not to eat too much eggplant as it can cause infertility with men (?) Well we are expecting our second child, so there’s nothing wrong with you honey…

Luckily Rocco loves eggplant, as one of the very few vegetables, under one condition, it has to be all mushy and soft. Depending on how long you want to keep these Miso eggplants under the grill, they will either be super soft or still a little bit dense, up to you. Ok let’s make these babies!

Grilled Miso Eggplant

Serves 2-3 portions


  • 3 eggplants (use what is available)

For the miso sauce

  • 2 tablespoon of white miso
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 
  • 1 scallion, finely sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C
  2. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise. Cut in the middle of each half, making crosses make sure not to cut through the skin.
  3. Salt the eggplant lightly and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Roast the eggplants for about 20 minutes until the flesh is soft.
  6. Remove from the oven and preheat the broiler or use a torch.
  7. To make the glaze, combine miso, sugar and ginger to a paste.
  8. Brush the eggplants with the miso glaze, using up all of the glaze.
  9. Place under the broiler, about 5 cm from the heat, and broil for about 1 minute, until the glaze begins to bubble and looks shiny.
  10. Remove from the heat. Allow to cool if desired or serve hot.

miso eggplant dengaku

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