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Grilled Aubergine with Sweet Miso and Sesame Seeds


A delicious Japanese recipe!

Serves 4 Preparation time 20 mins Cooking time 15 mins Cost per portion £1.40

1.  Wash and cut the aubergines in half lengthways and pat the aubergines dry.
2. Pre heat a grill
3. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large saucepan or wok until it is hot – about 180 degrees C
4. Fry the aubergines for about 3 minutes on each side –  until lightly browned – they should be soft and cooked through, but still keep their shape after being fried.
5. Pat the aubergines on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil, and then sprinkle a tiny bit of salt and chilli powder on to the cut surface.
6. Spread ½ a tablespoon of Saikyo miso onto the cut surface of each aubergine half, and place them under a grill until the miso starts to bubble and brown slightly – this takes about 5minutes, but be careful as it can burn easily.
7. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and serve immediately.

4 small aubergines
Vegetable Oil for deep-frying of aubergines
Saikyo Miso sauce (see below for recipe)
¼ teaspoon chilli powder
2 teaspoons roasted black sesame seeds

Method for Saikyo miso sauce
1. Put the miso paste in a saucepan and add the sugar.
2. Gradually add the sake and mirin, stirring well to prevent lumps from forming.
3. Heat the mixture over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly all the while.
4. Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool down – it keeps well in the fridge for a few months. (Saikyo miso can also be used with fish – as in this seabass recipe).

Ingredients for Saikyo miso sauce
25mls sake
25mls mirin
4 tablespoons (125g) white miso paste
4 tablespoons  (50g) sugar

Additional Information
Aubergines are strictly speaking classified as berries!

Health benefits of aubergines:
They are a good source of fibre, folic acid, potassium and anthocyanins (an anti-oxidant) – all of which are beneficial to health.

Health Benefits of Sesame seeds:
Sesame seeds are rich in beneficial minerals and contain lignans (a type of phytoestrogen) which have a cholesterol lowering effect.

Nutrition Information for aubergine with miso:

Nutrition per 100g per portion RDA women RDA men RDA child
Energy 92 kcal 292 kcal 15% 12% 16%
Protein* 1.9 g 6.1 g 14% 11% 25%
Carbohydrate 11 g 34 g 15% 11% 15%
Total Sugars* 7.0 g 22 g 25% 19% 26%
Fat 4.4 g 14 g 20% 15% 20%
Polyunsaturates* 2.3 g 7.3 g
Mono Unsaturates* 0.8 g 2.5 g
Saturated Fat* 0.5 g 1.6 g 8% 5% 8%
Fibre* 1.6 g 5.2 g 21% 21% 34%
Salt 1.3 g 4.1 g 68% 68% 103%

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet for an average adult.
Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Allergens: Sesame, Soya

Cost per recipe:£ 5.60
Cost per portion:£1.40

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  • This is the most delicious thing I have eaten in a long time. A must try!

    • Glad you’re finding the time to try out these recipes – given how exotic this one sounds, I think it is surprisingly simple and easy to make.

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