miso roasted eggplant (and zucchini)

roasted eggplant with miso

I have a great crop of eggplant this year so I’ve been looking for ways to use them.


A month or so ago I saw Adam Liaw on SBS, cooking Nasu Dengaku, that wonderful Japanese dish of grilled eggplant with miso, and I mentally filed it away to use when the eggplant ripened.

When I went searching this week for the recipe, I came across this simpler one,  which is less work. I’ve dropped the amount of oil in it as well. While it is not as fancy and good looking as the genuine one, it does taste great.

Fresh from the success, I decided to have a go at the same dish using zucchini, because I have SO MANY. This is a good way to use up the larger ones that have gotten away.

roasted zucchini with miso


The zucchini were not as delicious as the silky eggplant, but still pretty good.

I think this would work well with many vegetables.


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miso roasted eggplant (and zucchini)
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recipe type: savoury
cuisine: japanese
serves: 2
  • 1 large eggplant cut into 2 cm pieces OR equivalent small eggplants halved
  • ½ tbs of olive oil
  • salt
  • 1½ tbs miso (I used a mild white miso)
  • 1 tbs mirin
  • ½ tbs sugar
  • ½ tbs cooking sake
  • 1 tbs water
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C fan forced or 210 if you don't have a fan forced oven.
  2. Toss the eggplant or zucchini in the oil and put in a single layer in a baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes or until soft and lightly golden.
  5. Mix all the remaining ingredients until smooth.
  6. Pour over the vegetables and return to the oven for another 10 minutes for the sauce to caramelise.
  7. Garnish with some finely chopped spring onion and toasted sesame seeds.
I also made this with some zucchini cut into 1 cm thick sticks




  1. Cate says:

    oh yum, I love roast eggplant!

  2. Justine says:

    This looks wonderful! I’m a big fan of nasu dengaku (and all other Japanese vegan food :)) so will definitely give this a go.

  3. Cindy says:

    I love nasu dengaku and would never have thought of applying this method to zucchini – great idea.

    • rosalie says:

      Well, when one is buried under an avalanche of zuchhini… 🙂 Though I have to say, the eggplant is better. It is a textural thing. Nothing beats the silkiness of well cooked eggplant.

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