Yakinasu and shishito – Grilled eggplant and green pepper


Summer vegetables! Eggplants are now in season. This is my favourite way to enjoy fresh eggplant, nasu in Japanese. Also, I want to introduce Japanese green peppers, called shishito. Shishito is a small and sweet green pepper. Depending on the growing conditions, sometimes you come cross one that’s spicy.

Naoko Ogura-Gayler


IMG_0152To serve 2
• 2 eggplants
• 10 shishito
• 1 tbs ground ginger
• 1 tbs bonito light flakes
• Bit of soy sauce



1. Cut around eggplants’ stem parts. Take out stems of shishito.
2. Cook under the grill until the shishito become brown. For the eggplants, grill until the eggplant skin becomes a little burned and soft.
3. Take out from the grill and cut the eggplant in half along the length and then in half across so that you end up with quarters, then peel off the eggplants’ skin.
4. Place the eggplant and shishito on a plate and place ginger and bonito flakes on the top. Sprinkle a bit of soy sauce on, too.

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