Maple Miso Eggplant Stir Fry is silky, sweet, and savory with a kick of garlic and optional spicy chili oil. Even though it's a no-hassle preparation, you end up with an impressive and elegant side dish in less than 20 minutes.
🏆 Top tip
Blend the glazing sauce just before pouring it into your hot pan so that the cornstarch is evenly distributed.
♨️ Cooking eggplant
When I am going to fry ordinary purple globe eggplant, I often salt the eggplant and drain it before cooking. That way, the eggplant cooks up moist and tender without absorbing oil or cooking unevenly. I also like to remove extra seeds and peel my eggplant, depending on how tough the skin is.
However, with this recipe, there isn't any need to take extra steps to prepare the eggplant. Simply choose a Chinese, Japanese, or Asian variety. As long as the finger-shaped fruit is young, there won't be an excess of bitter seeds and the skin will be tender enough to leave intact. Plus, the flesh will fry beautifully.
🍆 Varieties of eggplant
Did you know that, botanically speaking, eggplant is a berry and comes in hundreds of sizes, shapes, and colors? We all know the classic aubergine globe that's found most often in American markets.
But Ping Tung Taiwanese is the eggplant I grew in my garden and used for this succulent stir fry. Why I have even seen my garden neighbors grow yellow and white eggplant.
It's amazing how varied and exotic eggplant can look. Take a look at a tiny sample of eggplant shapes and colors available at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
Finding an Asian variety at the grocery store should seem easy by comparison, right? Just look for the long, thin-skinned eggplants at the market.
Pair your Maple Miso Eggplant Stir Fry with a simple bowl of steamed rice or go all out and add Mock Chicken Tofu , Vegan Beef Chop Suey, and Egg Foo Young to create a Chinese feast. Either way, this splendid eggplant dish is your friend.
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Quick Miso Eggplant Stir Fry
- ½ cup water
- 2 tsp. arrowroot
- 3 TB soy sauce or tamari
- 3 TB maple syrup
- 1 TB rice wine vinegar
- ⅛ tsp. white pepper
- 1 TB white miso gluten-free if desired
- ½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 1 lb. eggplant Chinese, Japanese or Asian
- 2 tsp. avocado or neutral oil
- 2 cloves finely minced garlic
- 1 tsp. hulled sesame seeds
- 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil with red chili flakes
- Mix glazing sauce ingredients together in a blender until smooth and put aside.
- Slice whole eggplants diagonally into 2-inch pieces. Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet or wok. Add oil and stir-fry eggplant with a sprinkle of salt. Cook over medium-high heat until eggplant is lightly browned and can be pierced with a fork but is still firm.
- Stir minced garlic into the eggplant and cook a few seconds until fragrant but don't burn. Briefly re-blend the glazing sauce mixture and add it to the pan. Bring to a quick boil, so the sauce thickens. Remove eggplant from heat.
- Serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and drizzle with hot chili oil to taste.
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