Monday, June 11, 2012

Grilled Asian Eggplant

This has to be one of most simple and tasty vegetables to enjoy this summer.  We were looking for something a little different to do with eggplant on the grill besides the usual garlic and Parmesan that we all enjoy.  We were in the mood for something with an Asian flair and experimented and came up with scrumptious side dish.

2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt plus more for seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Tamari or regular soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 eggplant
Canola oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Sprinkle the Kosher salt over the chopped garlic and using the side of a chef knife, make a paste with garlic by smashing the garlic and pressing the side of the knife over the garlic.  Place the garlic past in a small bowl.

Whisk into the garlic paste, the vinegar, Tamari and sesame oil.  Place the red pepper flakes in the palm of your hand and press them with the thumb of your other hand to release the oils. Whisk into the garlic/Tamari liquid. Set aside.
Heat grill to high. Spray grates with non-stick cooking spray.

Peel the eggplant and cut into 1-inch wide by 1/2-inch thick strips.  Season the eggplant with salt and pepper, then brush with the garlic/Tamari mixture. Place the eggplant strips on the grill just until slightly charred.  Turn and brush with mixture. 

Once both sides are slightly charred, place on a serving platter and garnish with chopped parsley.  Serve immediately.

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Mary said...

This sounds fabulous. I have a source for the Asian eggplants, so I'll be able to give your recipe a try. Have a great day.Blessings...Mary

Claudia said...

I have been seeing a lot of Asian-inspired vegetables lately and am loving the change. This is utterly delicious and suits my vegetable-centric summer mood.

Chris said...

I hate eggplant but Alexis loves it. I need to try grilling some for her.