Even if you don’t like eggplant, you’ll love the taste of this hoisin glazed eggplant recipe. Asian flavors converge to make every bite intense, extremely saucy and satisfying.
Chinese or Japanese eggplant is the perfect carrier because it absorbs sauce so well. The glaze features garlic, green onions, sesame seeds, soy sauce and hoisin sauce to build immense flavor.
How To Make Vegan Hoisin Glazed Eggplant
Preheat an oven to 400°F. While that is getting to temperature, wash and dry the eggplant. Slice the eggplant into round discs, approximately 1 cm thick. When the eggplant is sliced, score one side in a criss-cross design – this will allow the glaze to really sink in. Next, toss the eggplant slices in a bowl with some extra virgin olive oil.
Prepare a baking tray with a reusable silicone mat (or parchment paper), and place the eggplant on the mat (criss-cross side up), taking care to not overlap them. Season with salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Hoisin Glaze Recipe
For the glaze, finely chop fresh garlic and cut the green onion into thin slices – the bottom part of the stalk will be used in the glaze, and the tops will be reserved for garnishing.
In a pan set to medium heat, cook the garlic with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add the green onion bottoms and sesame seeds, followed immediately by hoisin sauce and soy sauce. When it starts to bubble, add the water to the pan and let it simmer until a thick glaze takes form.
When the eggplant is ready to come out of the oven, baste the top side with the glaze. Return to the oven for another 15 minutes, until the eggplant takes on a deep brown color. Before serving, garnish with the reserved tops of green onions.
For the best taste experience, serve the eggplant immediately. It’s an exciting side to serve alongside Asian dishes, or as a complement to potato-forward meals.
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For more Asian inspired meal ideas try these recipes:
- Vietnamese Summer Rolls With A Peanut Dipping Sauce
- Filipino Pancit Canton Noodles
- Blistered Shishito Peppers
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