Japanese Eggplants

  • Called Nasu, Japanese eggplant is long, slender, and oblong and has dark purple skin. It’s great deep-fried, stir-fried, roasted, or grilled. 

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    Called Nasu (茄子, ナス, なす) in Japanese, Japanese eggplant is typically long, slender, oblong, about 20-25 cm in length, with dark purple skin. The inner flesh is cream color and it’s almost seedless and very spongy.

    Nutritional Benefits

    Japanese eggplants contain vitamin C, potassium, folate, and dietary fiber.

    How to Cook Japanese Eggplants

    Japanese eggplant is great fried, stir-fried, roasted, and grilled. When cooked, Japanese eggplants are mild and sweet with a tender, meaty texture.

    It pairs well with miso, sesame, ponzu, soy sauce, shiso in Japanese cooking, but it also works well with western ingredients such as basil, mint, garlic, lime, and chiles.

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    Where to Buy Japanese Eggplants

    You can find Japanese eggplants at Japanese grocery stores or sometimes Korean or Chinese grocery stores. They are becoming increasingly common at farmers’ markets

    Recipes Using Japanese Eggplants

    A Japanese rice bowl containing Soy-Glazed Eggplant Donburi topped with julienned shiso and toasted sesame seeds.

    Soy-Glazed Eggplant Donburi

    A white ceramic bowl containing eggplant agebitashi.

    Eggplant Agebitashi

    Eggplant & Unagi Over Rice in a Japanese blue and white bowl.

    Eggplant Unagi Donburi

    Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry over steam rice.

    Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry

    Miso Dengaku - Eggplant (ナスの味噌田楽) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    Miso Dengaku

    Japanese Grilled Eggplant (Yaki Nasu)

    Yaki Nasu (Grilled Eggplant)


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