Spicy Miso Eggplant Tofu

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This spicy miso eggplant tofu is packed with umami flavor and heat to keep your tastebuds dancing. It’s healthy, filling, and so easy to make! 

I love eggplant but can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually cooked it. Partly because it’s expensive and hard to find the Japanese kinds where I am, and partly because my boyfriend claims to not like eggplant. But that’s probably because he’s never had it Asian-style. Eggplant is very absorbent, so you just need a good sauce and a good cooking method. Grilling, stir-frying, broiling, or even just in miso soup are my favorite ways to enjoy eggplant. In this recipe we’re going with the quick and easy stir-fry method, with a spicy, savory, and slightly sweet miso sauce.


To make this recipe you need 8 basic ingredients:

  • Japanese eggplant, you can use other kinds of eggplant but I prefer the long and thin Japanese kind
  • tofu, firm/medium firm is preferable since it will keep its shape
  • garlic, because garlic in everything, unless you can’t eat garlic then omit
  • Korean red pepper flakes, also known as gochugaru. If you can’t find Korean red pepper, you can try subbing with a different type of chili pepper, such as cayenne, but don’t add as much. Start with a small pinch, maybe 1/8 tsp, and add more to taste. Korean red pepper flakes aren’t super spicy so I used a full teaspoon in this recipe, but cayenne and normal red chili pepper is very spicy so be careful.
  • red miso, for salty, umami flavor
  • sake, Japanese rice wine, for extra umami and enhanced flavor
  • mirin, sweet Japanese rice wine, to balance out the salt and add more depth of flavor
  • maple syrup, to add just a hint of sweetness to the dish
  • you’ll also need oil for cooking, and green onions to garnish if preferred

This recipe is so easy and comes together in just 20 minutes! Filled with plant-based protein, fiber, and micronutrients to keep your body happy and full. Pair it with your grain of choice (rice!!) and you’ll have a healthy and filling meal in no time. Feel free to switch it up and add in different veggies too — I think carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms would be good.

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So, have I convinced you to try it yet?? I hope so! It’s just so simple but so delicious and satisfies my Asian food cravings right away. If you do try it out, please tag me in your recreations on instagram @ellielikes.cooking and/or leave a comment down below letting me know what you think. I love getting feedback from you! Happy cooking 🙂

Spicy Miso Eggplant Tofu

This spicy miso eggplant tofu is packed with umami flavor and heat to keep your tastebuds dancing. It’s healthy, filling, and so easy to make! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2


  • 1 Japanese eggplant, sliced
  • 1/2 block of firm tofu, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 tbsp red miso
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 green onion, sliced


  • Mix together red pepper flakes, miso, sake, mirin, and maple syrup, and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add minced garlic and eggplant slices and cook until eggplant starts to soften, stirring frequently.
  • Add tofu cubes and miso sauce and stir until sauce is evenly distributed. Take off from heat.
  • Garnish with green onion slices and serve hot.

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