Beef and Japanese Eggplant with a Sesame Miso Sauce 牛肉となすのごまみそ炒め

Beef and Japanese Eggplant with a Sesame Miso Sauce

One of my favorite cooking shows on TV is a daily 30 minute show called Kyo no Ryori or Today’s Menu on the Japanese NHK Channel. Luckily it’s also on TV Japan, the Japanese cable channel available through Comcast, so I’m able to watch it when I’m in Seattle too. Even when I’m at our Seattle home I probably watch Japanese TV about 80% of the time. I think it’s so much better.

The last couple of weeks on Today’s Menu they’ve featured Japanese Eggplant dishes since Eggplant is in season right now. I love Eggplant and I really look forward to getting really good Japanese Eggplant during the Summer. Most of the dishes they feature on this particular cooking show are very easy to prepare with just a few ingredients so it makes it nice for people who don’t have a lot of time to cook. I think that’s why it’s so popular.

One particular dish caught my attention a couple of days ago, the Beef and Eggplant in a Sesame Miso Sauce. Every ingredient in this dish I love and thought this combination sounds soooooo good so I had to make it ASAP! I was right it was delicious. I knew I’d have to share this with everyone. I actually shared it with my bff Phiha and her hubby Ty when I first made it. They both loved it yay! So now here it is on my blog so all of you can make it and share in the deliciousness! I served this with Japanese rice on the side but it would go well with noodles, a nice salad or just on its own. It’s that good. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 4 Japanese Eggplant sliced in bite sized pieces, about 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • (or you can use one large regular Eggplant and chop accordingly)
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced Beef (Sukiyaki style, sold at Asian markets or have your butcher slice it for you)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sake (for Beef)
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil or Canola Oil

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons Red Miso
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Mirin
  • 2 Tablespoons Sake
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground White Sesame Seeds (they sell them already ground at Asian markets or you can grind them yourself).

1. Mix all Sauce ingredients together and set aside.

2. Put pieces of Eggplant in a big bowl & cover with water and a couple teaspoons of salt. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Drain & pat dry with paper towels.

3. Sprinkle Sake and a pinch of salt & pepper on beef and toss together.

4. Add the oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. When skillet is hot add the Eggplant and fry, turning over a few times, until browned & slightly tender to the touch. When Eggplant softens add the Beef, scattering it throughout the pan, frying & turning occasionally until completely cooked. Add the Sauce ingredients and turn the heat to low. Gently toss all the ingredients with the sauce mixture for a couple of minutes until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.

Beef and Japanese Eggplant with a Sesame Miso Sauce 牛肉となすのごまみそ炒め
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Japanese Eggplant sliced in bite sized pieces, about 1½ inch pieces
  • (or you can use one large regular Eggplant and chop accordingly)
  • ½ pound thinly sliced Beef (Sukiyaki style, sold at Asian markets or have your butcher slice it for you)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sake (for Beef)
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil or Canola Oil
  • Sauce Ingredients:
  • 3½ Tablespoons Red Miso
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Mirin
  • 2 Tablespoons Sake
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground White Sesame Seeds (they sell them already ground at Asian markets or you can grind them yourself).
Instructions
  1. Mix all Sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Put pieces of Eggplant in a big bowl & cover with water and a couple teaspoons of salt. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Drain & pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Sprinkle Sake and a pinch of salt & pepper on beef and toss together.
  4. Add the oil to a large skillet and heat over medium high heat. When skillet is hot add the Eggplant and fry, turning over a few times, until browned & slightly tender to the touch. When Eggplant softens add the Beef, scattering it throughout the pan, frying & turning occasionally until completely cooked. Add the Sauce ingredients and turn the heat to low. Gently toss all the ingredients with the sauce mixture for a couple of minutes until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.

 

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