Grilled Eggplant Skwers with Peanut Nerimiso Recipe

A delicious centerpiece for any Japanese meal is a grilled eggplant kabab with peanut sauce!

Summer 2014

  • Photo by Foodojenik

Total Hands-On Time: 45 min

Yield: Approx. 4 kababs

Grilled Eggplant Skewers With Peanut Nerimiso (or Pīnatsu nerimiso to nasu dengaku)

Grilled foods are very popular in Japan, and include vegetables as well as meats. We here are cooking eggplant in the dengaku fashion, whereby the food is coated in a simmered miso sauce and broiled on wooden skewers (much like shish kebabs). The kanji characters for dengaku represent “rice paddy” and “music,” in apparent reference to a folk play conducted in rice fields in which one of the actors preformed while standing on a single stilt. The pieces of food impaled on a single bamboo skewer reminded people of this performance, hence giving rise to the name of this delicious food.


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