9 Easy and Delicious Japanese Eggplant Recipes

Searching for delicious and easy-to-make Japanese eggplant recipes? Dive into a world of flavors with these dishes, from crispy tempura to savory miso glazes!

4 Japanese eggplant dishes.

You’ve come to the perfect place if you love Japanese eggplant! Here, I’ll share my all-time favorite eggplant recipes that are easy to make and call for simple ingredients.

Find your new favorite eggplant recipe and savor the deliciousness!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love eggplant.
  • You are looking for Japanese eggplant recipes.
  • You want to learn how to cook Japanese eggplant.

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About This Recipe

  • 9 Japanese eggplant recipes
  • All are made with simple ingredients
  • Includes vegan and vegetarian recipes

Japanese Eggplants

Japanese eggplant growing in the garden.

Japanese eggplants, called Nasu in Japanese, are slim and long, unlike regular globe eggplants. They are shorter than Chinese eggplants and have a dark purple color, almost black.

Once cooked, they offer a milder, sweeter flavor profile and a wonderfully tender and almost creamy texture. What sets them apart further is their thin and less tough skin.

Their thin skin makes them perfect for quick cooking methods like stir-frying, deep-frying, and sautéing. This allows them to absorb flavors easily and stay tender.

You can usually find Japanese eggplants at Japanese or Asian grocery stores. However, if they are unavailable, Chinese eggplant is the best substitute.

Selecting the Perfect Eggplant

Two Japanese eggplants.

Here are a few tips for selecting a fresh eggplant at the grocery store:

  • Look for a dark purple color with a glossy sheen.
  • It should feel firm and heavy when you hold it.
  • Check that the end of the stem appears fresh and vibrant.
  • Notice if sharp thorns are still present on the stem.

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

9 Easy and Delicious Japanese Eggplant Recipes

Check out our collection of favorite Japanese eggplant recipes – there’s sure to be one you’ll love!

  1. Teriyaki Nasu
  2. Eggplant Tempura (Deep-Fried Eggplant)
  3. Pickled Japanese Eggplants
  4. Panko-crusted Fried Eggplants
  5. Miso Glazed Eggplant
  6. Sauteed Japanese Eggplant
  7. Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant and Tofu with Miso Paste
  8. Summer Vegetable Miso Soup
  9. Summer Vegetable Bake

1. Teriyaki Nasu

Teriyaki nasu served on a plate.

Teriyaki Nasu is a simple but flavorful Japanese eggplant dish that brings together the deliciousness of teriyaki sauce and the tender, pan-fried eggplant. Give it a try, and you’ll be in for a treat!

Easy Japanese Eggplant Recipe (Teriyaki Nasu)
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Get ready to enjoy this delicious glazed teriyaki Japanese Eggplant Recipe that can be prepared in just 10 minutes! Coat the eggplant with potato starch pan-fry, and toss it with a sweet teriyaki sauce for a tasty side dish.
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Eggplant in a bowl topped with chopped green onion. Chopped eggplant is cooked with teriyaki sauce so this is brown savory tasty looking side dish.

2. Japanese Eggplant Tempura

Japanese Eggplant Tempura served on a plate.

Eggplant Tempura takes the humble Japanese eggplant to new heights. Coat the eggplant pieces in a light, crispy batter and fry them until they’re golden and delicious. You’ll love the crispy outside and the soft inside – it’s a yummy combination!

Eggplant Tempura
5 from 3 votes
Learn how to quickly cook delicious, light Eggplant Tempura with this easy recipe, and Enjoy the wonderful flavor of a classic Japanese dish at home!
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eggplant tempura on a plate.

3. Simple Pickled Japanese Eggplant Recipe

Pickled Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

This easy Pickled Japanese Eggplant turns eggplants into a tangy side dish. The eggplants soak up flavors during pickling, giving them a slightly sour and sweet taste. They’re a tasty addition to any Japanese meal!

Simple Pickled Japanese Eggplant Recipe
5 from 5 votes
Looking for a Japanese eggplant recipe? Give this easy and quick pickled Japanese eggplant a try. In just 15 minutes, you'll have a refreshing side dish ready to enjoy!
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Pickled Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

4. Panko-crusted Fried Eggplant Recipe

Fried Japanese eggplant served on a palte.

Panko-crusted Fried Eggplants offer a delightful crunch. The panko breadcrumbs add a tempting texture while the eggplants stay tender inside. They make fantastic appetizers or side dishes that’ll leave everyone wanting more!

Panko-crusted Fried Eggplant Recipe
5 from 3 votes
Looking for an easy eggplant recipe? Try this Panko-crusted Fried Eggplant Recipe, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, making it incredibly delicious!
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Fried eggplant served on a plate along with a dipping sauce.

5. Miso Glazed Eggplant

Miso-glazed eggplant served on a plate.

Miso Glazed Eggplant, also known as Nasu Dengaku, is a classic Japanese dish. It’s all about the slices of cooked eggplants covered in a sweet and savory miso glaze. This dish highlights the wonderful flavors of Japanese cuisine!

10 Minute Miso Glazed Eggplant
5 from 3 votes
Looking for a simple yet tasty eggplant recipe? This Miso Glazed Eggplant is perfect for you! Enjoy the earthy eggplant complemented by the rich umami of miso paste. Give this easy recipe a try!
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miso glazed eggplant served on a plate

6. Sauteed Japanese Eggplant With Ponzu Sauce

Sauteed Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

Sauteed Japanese Eggplant with Ponzu Sauce is a cozy taste of Japan. It’s all about cooking up soft eggplant pieces until they’re just right and tossing them with a special sauce called Ponzu. It adds a tangy twist that makes your taste buds happy!

Sauteed Japanese Eggplant With Ponzu Sauce
5 from 3 votes
Craving a tasty eggplant recipe? This Sauteed Japanese Eggplant with Ponzu Sauce is perfect for you! Savor the tender eggplant paired perfectly with the zesty kick of our homemade sauce!
sauteed Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

7. Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant and Tofu with Miso Paste

Stir-fried Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant and Tofu with Miso Paste combine the silky smoothness of tofu with the tender bite of Japanese eggplant, all infused with the rich umami of miso paste. It’s a quick and satisfying meal perfect for those busy weeknights.

Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant and Tofu with Miso Paste
5 from 2 votes
Learn how to make this delicious Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant and Tofu With Miso Paste. You will love the tender eggplant, delicate tofu, and rich miso umami in every bite!
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stir-fried Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

8. Summer Vegetable Miso Soup

Summer vegetable miso soup served on a bowl.

Summer Vegetable Miso Soup is a light and refreshing variation of traditional Japanese miso soup. It’s all about capturing the deliciousness of summer with seasonal veggies, including Japanese eggplants. Enjoy it as a tasty appetizer or a light meal on those sunny days!

Summer Vegetable Miso Soup
5 from 4 votes
This summer vegetable miso soup is a great way to enjoy the summer heat with flavorful and hearty vegetables. You will have a healthy, nutritious soup in 10 minutes with miso and lots of colorful vegetables!
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Japanese summer vegetable miso soup in a bowl

9. Summer Vegetable Bake

Summver vegetable bake served on a sheet pan.

Summer Vegetable Bake is a real summer delight. It’s a colorful blend of fresh summer vegetables, including Japanese eggplants. These veggies roast perfectly, bringing summer’s essence to your plate. Whether you have it as a side dish or a hearty vegetarian meal, it’s a tasty treat!

Easy Summer Vegetable Bake
5 from 2 votes
Are you looking for a fresh, easy way to serve your veggies? You'll be ready for summertime with this summer vegetable bake made from zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplants!
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summer vegetable bake

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Pickled Japanese eggplant stored in an airtight container.

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9 Easy and Delicious Japanese Eggplant Recipes

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
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Author: JURI
Searching for delicious and easy-to-make Japanese eggplant recipes? Dive into a world of flavors with these dishes, from crispy tempura to savory miso glazes!

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  • Japanese eggplant

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