Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant With Miso Paste

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Learn how to make this delicious Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant with miso paste. You will love the tender eggplant, delicate tofu, and rich miso umami in every bite!

Looking for simple eggplant dishes? Try my Eggplant Teriyaki, Eggplant Tempura, and Sauteed Japanese Eggplant With Ponzu Sauce!

stir-fried Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • This stir-fried Japanese eggplant is a delightful blend of flavors and easy preparation to make for a perfect dinner.
  • Enjoy it paired with a comforting bowl of steamed rice!

Japanese Eggplants

Japanese eggplants are slim and long. 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.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Stir-fried Eggplant Recipe:

Ingredients for stir-fried Japanese eggplant.
  • Tofu: Choose firm tofu as it holds up well when cooked, unlike the softer, silky tofu.
  • Japanese Eggplants: You can usually find Japanese eggplants at Japanese grocery stores or Asian grocery stores. However, if they are not available, Chinese eggplant makes the best substitute.
  • Scallion: Also known as spring onion or green onion, it adds a fresh kick!
  • Use wheat flour to give the tofu a crispy texture. Rice flour or cornstarch can be alternatives.
  • I like using sesame oil for stir-frying, but you can also go with vegetable, olive, or avocado oil.
  • Miso paste, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar for the miso sauce.

How To Make Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! For the video and all the detailed ingredients and instructions, go to the printable recipe card below.

How to make stir-fried eggplant.

Step 1

Prepare tofu, eggplant, and green onion.

How to make stir-fried eggplant.

Step 2

Lightly coat the tofu pieces with flour and cook until golden brown.

How to make stir-fried eggplant.

Step 3

Stir-fry the vegetables until they are cooked through.

How to make stir-fried eggplant.

Step 4

Add the tofu and miso sauce and toss gently.

Stir-fried Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

Transfer them to a plate and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Enjoy this delicious stir-fried Japanese eggplant!

Recipe Tips

  • When pressing the tofu, wrap the tofu block in paper towels and place a heavy object on top. Pressing helps remove excess moisture, allowing the tofu to absorb flavors better during cooking. You may not need this pressing process if you use extra firm tofu.
  • Choose eggplants that are firm and shiny for the best results.
  • Adjust the sweetness and saltiness of the miso sauce according to your taste preferences.

What To Serve With

This tasty stir-fried Japanese eggplant goes well with many sides. Here’s a meal idea for you!

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Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant with Miso Paste

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Prep: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
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!

Ingredients

  • 300 g Firm Tofu, 10.6 oz
  • 1 Eggplant, medium size
  • ½ Scallion
  • 2 Tbsp Wheat Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Miso Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Miso Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • ½ Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Water

Instructions

  • Prepare the Ingredients: Press tofu to remove the extra moisture and cut it into bite-size pieces. Remove the stem of the eggplant and cut it into bite-size pieces. Diagonally slice the scallion.
  • Prepare Miso Sauce: Combine the miso paste, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and water in a small bowl.
  • Cook Tofu: Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the sesame oil. Lightly coat the tofu pieces with flour, place them in the pan, and cook until golden brown. Flip the tofu pieces to cook the other side. Once evenly cooked, transfer them to a plate and set it aside.
  • Stir-fry Vegetables: Add eggplant and scallions to the same pan and stir fry them.
  • Add the Sauce: Reduce heat, add the tofu and miso sauce, toss gently, and let absorb flavors for a minute.
  • Serve: Transfer to a plate and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Video

Notes

  • When pressing the tofu, wrap the tofu block in paper towels and place a heavy object on top. Pressing helps remove excess moisture, allowing the tofu to absorb flavors better during cooking. You may not need this pressing process if you use extra firm tofu.
  • Choose eggplants that are firm and shiny for the best results.
  • Adjust the sweetness and saltiness of the miso sauce according to your taste preferences.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 10g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: stir-fried Japanese eggplant
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