grilled Chinese eggplant in teriyaki sauce

by Heguiberto on August 5, 2011

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I can’t think of a vegetable that is as versatile for so many different cuisines as eggplant. We’ve made it in so many delicious ways: Kashmiri, Szechuan, North African, Macedonian, Italian, Lebanese; and that’s just scratching the surface.

grilled Chinese eggplant in teriyaki sauce

grilled Chinese eggplant in teriyaki sauce

This dish is inspired by Japan. I made the teriyaki sauce myself since I wanted better control over the amount of sugar. The result is sweet, salty, tart, toasty, spicy and yummy.

grilled Chinese eggplant in teriyaki sauce


4 Chinese eggplants, woody ends removed, cut into ¼ inch thick, long slices
Kosher salt

For teriyaki sauce:

½ cup sauvignon blanc
½ cup shoyu (soy sauce)
2 garlic cloves minced
1½ tsps fresh grated ginger
3 tbsps canola oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsps rice wine vinegar
3 tbsps sugar

Place sliced eggplant in a colander, sprinkle with some salt and let it sweat for 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry using a paper towel.

Pre heat grill to high temperature.

Mix all teriyaki ingredients together. Brush eggplant pieces with teriyaki sauce. Grill them for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a bowl. Add more of the teriyaki sauce, cover with plastic and let it finish cooking in the steam. Serve warm or at room temp.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica August 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

What a great and simple vegetarian dish!!!My husband loves eggplant and he would love this recipe. I am printing this one 🙂

wizzythestick August 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Love the smokey flavour of grilled eggplant

tigerfish August 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I agree. And there are many types of eggplant too. Recently I grilled some Chinese eggplant and slather peanut butter with dashes of Shichimi Togarash Japanese Spice Powder on it. It was simple and delicious.

Heguiberto August 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I bet that turned out delicious! I love this Japanese pepper mix sprinkled over soups or rice yumm

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