Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant and Tofu With Miso Paste

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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!

stir-fried Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

If you are looking for a savory eggplant recipe, this stir-fried Japanese eggplant is a must-try! Its delightful blend of flavors and easy preparation make for a perfect dinner.

Enjoy it paired with a comforting bowl of steamed rice!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love eggplant.
  • You are looking for a Japanese eggplant recipe.
  • You want to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant.

If you want to check the recipe immediately, please visit the link below. Let’s get started!

About This Recipe

  • Delicious Japanese eggplant recipe
  • Savory main dish infused with miso paste
  • Vegan recipe

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for stir-fried Japanese eggplant.
  • Tofu – Choose firm tofu as it holds up well when cooked, unlike the softer, silky tofu.
  • Eggplants – Use Japanese eggplants in this recipe. See below.
  • Scallion – Also known as spring onion or green onion, it adds a fresh kick!
  • Wheat flour – Use flour to give the tofu a crispy texture. Rice flour or cornstarch can be alternatives.
  • Cooking Oil – I like using sesame oil for stir-frying, but you can also go with vegetable, olive, or avocado oil.
  • Miso sauce – Miso paste, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.
  • Sesame seeds for topping

Japanese Eggplants

Two eggplants.

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

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

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

🔪Instructions

Let’s go over how to make this simple recipe. Click here to watch the recipe video!

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

1. Press tofu to remove the extra moisture and cut it into bite-size pieces.

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

2. Remove the stem of the eggplant and cut it into bite-size pieces. Diagonally slice the scallion.

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

3. Combine the miso paste, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and water in a small bowl.

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

4. 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.

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

5. Flip the tofu pieces to cook the other side. Once evenly cooked, transfer them to a plate and set it aside.

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

6. Add eggplant and scallions to the same pan.

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

7. Stir fry the vegetables until they are cooked through.

How to make stir-fried Japanese eggplant step by step.

8. Reduce heat, add the tofu and miso sauce, toss gently, and let absorb flavors for a minute.

Serve

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!

Helpful 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

Stir-fried Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

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

Other Ways to Cook Japanese Eggplants

eggplant tempura with daikon oroshi and tentsuyu.

Eggplant is a versatile vegetable and well-suited for quick cooking methods such as stir-frying, deep-frying, and sautéing. Here are some delicious eggplant recipes:

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Stir-fried Japanese eggplant served on a plate.

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Stir-fried Japanese Eggplant and Tofu with Miso Paste

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Prep: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: JURI
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
  • 1/2 Scallion
  • 2 Tbsp Wheat Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Miso Sauce

Instructions

  • Cut tofu: Press tofu to remove the extra moisture and cut it into bite-size pieces.
  • Cut eggplant and scallions: Remove the stem of the eggplant and cut it into bite-size pieces. Diagonally slice the scallion.
  • Make 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.
  • Cook the other side: 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 | Fat: 11g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: stir-fried Japanese eggplant
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