Japanese Miso-Glazed Eggplant (Nasu no Dengaku) Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Deep, rich miso is a natural partner for the smoky flavor of the grill. For the best caramelization, these eggplant slices are finished off in the oven.

Note: Mirin is a sweet rice-based wine. It can be found in any Japanese or Asian grocery story. If unavailable, you can make a substitue by heating 1 cup of sake with 1 cup of sugar until dissolved.

Recipe Details

Japanese Miso-Glazed Eggplant (Nasu no Dengaku) Recipe

Active 25 mins
Total 25 mins
Serves 2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons mirin (see notes)

  • 2 tablespoons sake

  • 1/4 cup mild red or white miso

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 4 Japanese or Chinese eggplants, stemmed, split in half lengthwise (about 1 1/2 pounds)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions


  1. Combine mirin, sake, miso, and sugar in a small bowl and stir with a fork until a homogenous paste is formed. Set aside.

  2. Rub eggplants on all surfaces with vegetable oil. Heat a grill pan or prepare a gas or charcoal grill to high heat. Grill eggplant, cut-side-down until charred grill marks appear, about 1 1/2 minutes. Rotate 45 degrees and cook until checkered hash marks appear, about 1 1/2 minutes longer. Flip and continue cooking until nearly tender, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer eggplant to a large plate and allow to cool slightly.

  3. Adjust a rack 6-inches from the element and preheat broiler to high heat. Carefully spread the miso glaze on the cut surface of every eggplant. Place on a rimmed baking sheet or foil-lined broiler pan, face up. Broil until completely tender and glaze has begun to caramelize, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions, and serve

Special equipment

grill or grill pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
371 Calories
11g Fat
60g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 371
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1288mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 555mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)