This teriyaki eggplant is everything you love about teriyaki! It is marinated, then grilled, and is then topped with its sauce, green onions, and sesame seeds. It is salty-sweet, naturally vegan, and gluten free, and perfect for an easy and tasty dinner.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- This recipe is vegan and gluten free
- Done in under 30 minutes
- Perfect for meal prep
- This recipe is so versatile: you can add broccoli, bell peppers, carrots… you can use any veggie you have on hand
- It is packed with flavor – better than Japanese take out!
How to make teriyaki eggplant
Start by making the marinade. Add all the marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well blended. Then, chop the eggplant into 1-inch cubes. Place the chopped eggplant in a medium bowl, pour the teriyaki marinade and thoroughly mix until the cubes are evenly coated.
Let marinate for 10-15 minutes, to let the eggplant cubes absorb the sauce. Meanwhile, cook the rice.
For the grilled eggplant, this is where things get interesting and delicious. Take the chopped eggplants and add them, without the marinade, into a hot medium pan. This will grill the outside of the eggplant. Stir a few times to make sure all sides are grilled from the outside and soft on the inside. When done, remove the eggplants and add the remaining marinade to the pan on medium-high heat. This will caramelize the sauce, then add the sauce on top of the chopped grilled eggplants to create teriyaki eggplant that’s bursting with flavor. Once grilled and caramelized, you are left with a rich taste in every single bite.
My top tips
- Depending on how much sauce you like on your eggplants, you may need to add a little more or less sauce. Test and adjust, as needed.
- Use less sodium gluten free soy sauce, to avoid the sauce from being too salty.
- Eggplant has a great “meaty” texture, which makes it great for vegan recipes. This recipe can also be done with salmon, instead of eggplant.
- You can serve this teriyaki eggplant with some jasmine rice, farro, or quinoa.
- Top it off with some grilled onions, sesame seeds, or some roasted cashews for some added crunch.
What is teriyaki sauce made of? Teriyaki sauce is made out of three main flavors: salty, sweet, and tangy. This is usually made from mixing soy sauce, sugar, and rice vinegar.
What can I serve this teriyaki eggplant with? Serve this recipe on its own or over rice, farro, quinoa, or cauliflower rice. You can also add some more veggies such as broccoli, bell peppers, or carrots.
How do I store this recipe? Store this recipe in the fridge for 3 days in an air-tight container. Heat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.
For more vegan asian-inspired recipes to try
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