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Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry 豚肉とナスの味噌炒め

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    Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry is a deliciously easy weeknight meal of tender pork and eggplant soaked in a savory miso sauce.

    A bowl containing Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry over steamed rice.

    Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry (豚肉とナスの味噌炒め) is one of my go-to recipes when I have eggplants in my kitchen. I love the eggplants when they soak up all the delicious savory flavors, especially with miso and soy sauce-based sauce. When served over a bowl of steamed rice, the dish makes a satisfying dinner with affordable ingredients and is loaded with nutrition.

    3 Best Ingredient Combo – Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry

    The combination of miso and eggplant is fail-proof, and by adding pork, you get a robust and hearty stir-fry dish. If you use miso regularly, you’d agree that it makes an all-rounded seasoning that works with any protein, but my choice is always pork when I cook miso with eggplant. The absorbency of the eggplant and the sweet bold flavor of pork, when paired hand-in-hand, is one that you can rely on in various preparations. As a result, you get tender juicy pork, creamy eggplant, and a flavorful sauce that holds everything together. It’s a combination that works. Another delicious example you may want to try is this Ginger Pork Rolls with Eggplant.

    I used Japanese eggplant in the recipe. Japanese eggplant has a slender body and is more tender than other varieties. Since it cooks up quickly, it is the best choice for stir-frying and many other Japanese dishes. You can still substitute it with Chinese eggplant or another variety that you can find locally in your market. They are the freshest when they are in season.

    A bowl containing Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry over steamed rice.

    Benefits of Cooking with Miso & Which Miso to Use

    One of the most obvious uses for miso is in soup, but this fermented soybean paste has a lot more to offer. In Japanese cooking, you can find miso being utilized in marinades, vinaigrettes, and as a sauce to turn a plain dish into something incredibly flavorful. Not only it is a versatile seasoning for everyday dishes, it is also a mighty probiotic that offers many health benefits and essential minerals, and it is especially good for gut health.

    If you’re new to Just One Cookbook, here are just some of the recipes featuring this all-purpose seasoning:

    Hikari Miso Organic Series

    I’ve been cooking a lot of miso recipes this year using Hikari Miso, my favorite miso brand which I’m honored to partner with. Hikari Miso carries various types of miso that are organic and non-GMO. For this recipe, I’ve used Hikari Miso® Organic Miso – Red Miso, but you can use other types of miso to try out different flavors. You can purchase Hikari Miso from a majority of Japanese/Asian grocery stores or on Amazon.

    Hikari Miso Organic Red Miso

    Adaptation for Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 

    Vegetarian/ Vegan-Friendly

    Instead of meat, you can add tofu or deep-fried tofu such as Aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch – no white tofu part) or Atsuage (thick deep-fried tofu with inside white and brown skin. You can find this variety at Asian grocery stores).

    You can also keep it simple by using more eggplant. You can toss in other vegetables like zucchini if you like. Just remember that the cooking time will vary and the flavor profile may taste slightly different.

    Some miso may contain dashi (it displays as だし入り “dashi included”) for your convenience to make miso soup instantly by adding miso into the water. Typically dashi is made of katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) so if you plan to make vegetarian/vegan-friendly meals, make sure to pick miso that does not include dashi.

    Give Some Spice

    If you enjoy spicy food, I highly recommend adding a few teaspoons of Doubanjiang (chili bean paste) to your liking. If you enjoy just a little bit of spice like me, sprinkle some ichimi togarashi (Japanese chili pepper) or shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven spice).

    A bowl containing Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry over steamed rice.

    Comfort Food at Its Best

    Although the stir-fry dish is not particularly exciting looking, it’s truly comfort food, which is why I like to serve it over steamed rice. This one-bowl rice dish or what we call donburi, is a really easy weeknight meal for busy moms, singles, and students. Enjoy it with miso soup and a simple bowl of salad or green vegetable dish like Spinach Gomaae!

    A bowl containing Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry over steamed rice.

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    A bowl containing Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry over steamed rice.
    Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins

    Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir-Fry is a deliciously easy weeknight meal of tender pork and eggplant soaked in a savory miso sauce.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: eggplant, miso, pork, stir fry
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 232 kcal
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 2 Japanese/Chinese eggplant (or 1 American eggplant)
    • 1 Negi (long green onion) (use white part only)
    • 1 green onion/scallion (for garnish)
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 knob ginger
    • 1 Tbsp neutral-flavored oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
    • ¼ lb thinly sliced pork (113 g)
    • 2 Tbsp miso (I used Hikari Miso® Organic Red Miso)
    • 1-2 tsp sugar
    • 1 Tbsp mirin
    • 1 Tbsp sake
    • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp water (more if necessary)
    • Steamed rice (to serve)
    1. Gather all the ingredients.
      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry Ingredients
    2. In a small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp miso, 1-2 tsp granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp mirin, and 1 Tbsp sake and mix all together until miso is completely dissolved.
      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 1
    3. Add 1 Tbsp soy sauce and 2 Tbsp water. Mix well and set aside.
      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 2
    4. Cut the eggplants into bite-size pieces. I use "Rangiri" cutting technique to increase the surface so it cooks evenly and adds more flavor.  Soak the eggplants in water to prevent the color from changing.

      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 3
    5. Cut the white part of the negi (leek/green onion) diagonally. Cut the green parts of the green onion diagonally and keep it for garnish.

      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 4
    6. Slice the garlic clove and ginger thinly.

      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 5
    7. Add the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the garlic and ginger until fragrant.
      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 6
    8. Add the white part of negi and pork.

      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 7
    9. Stir fry until the pork is almost cooked through (80%). Then add the eggplant and stir fry until it becomes slightly tender.

      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 8
    10. Add the sauce and lower the heat to medium-low heat.

      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 9
    11. Cook covered for 5 minutes. If there is not enough liquid/steam, add 1 Tbsp water.
      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 10
    12. When the eggplant is tender, turn off the heat and serve the stir fry over steamed rice. Garnish with sliced green onion on top.

      Miso Pork and Eggplant Stir Fry 11
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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