Grilled Eggplant in Spicy Marinade

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Grilled Eggplant in Spicy Marinade

I posted a grilled and marinated summer squash recipe not too long ago. This time I used eggplant and made some minor changes. This dish can be served cold or warm, but serving it cold in the summer time is highly recommended.


2-3 long oriental eggplants
Olive oil for brushing
1 cup water or kombu dashi soup
2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 Tbsp natural sugar
1 tsp hot chili paste
1/2 cup daikon radish, grated
1 scallion, sliced
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
Dash of nanami togarashi (option)


  1. Slice eggplants lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices and soak in water for 10 minutes to remove the bitter taste.
  2. Heat water or dashi in a sauce pan and add tamari, ginger, sugar and chili paste to make a marinade. When the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Spray or brush olive oil on one side of eggplant slices and grill them with the oiled side down for a few minutes until they are nicely browned.
  4. Spray or brush olive on the top side of the eggplant slices, flip and grill the other side as well.
  5. Soak the grilled eggplant slices in the marinade. Refrigerate if you are going to serve it cold.
  6. When you are ready to serve, place eggplant slices with some marinade in a dish, put grated daikon radish and scallion slices on top, and sprinkle sesame seeds and shichimi togarashi.
  7. Infuse love and serve!

Servings: 3