These simple grilled eggplant steaks were delicious. Cooking them on the grill enhanced their natural nutty flavor, and the spicy, tangy sauce made for a flavorful meal. The steaks cook up quickly and easily on the grill or inside on your grill pan. If you love eggplant, this is a recipe you’ll want to try.
Eggplant has a beautiful meaty taste and texture to it. Leftovers would make a great substitution for meat in burgers and wraps.
The steaks are soft, but meaty and taste great with a serving of brown rice. I really enjoyed the sauce, and used it on my rice as well.
- 2 medium eggplants (sliced lengthwise)
- Cooking spray
- Sesame seeds and sliced scallions for garnish
Ingredients for the sauce:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon garlic chili past
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 4-5 thin sliced scallions
- 1 tablespoon neutral flavored oil
Sauce recipe yields approximately 1 cup of sauce – Serving size is 2 tablespoons
|Calories: 52 - Carbs: 8g - Fat: 2g - Protein: 1g - Sugar: 355g - Fiber: 0g|
Recipe serves 8 – Serving size is 2 slices
(2 sliced eggplants will yield about 16 slices)
|Calories: 43 - Carbs: 7g - Fat: 2g - Protein: 1g - Sugar: 2g - Fiber: 4g|
Directions for the eggplant:
- Cut off top and bottom of eggplant
- Slice eggplant lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices
- Spread in a single layer on a cutting board and sprinkle lightly with salt
- Allow to sit for 20 minutes
- Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat, and lightly brush with oil
- Wipe eggplant slices with a paper towel to remove excess moisture
- Grill steaks 4 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second
FOR THE SAUCE:
- Heat vegetable oil on medium heat in a small sauce pan
- Add sliced scallions and fry for 1 minute
- Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine
- Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes or until sauce reduces and thickens enough to coat a spoon
Top eggplant with some of the sauce, and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced scallions.
Grilling Tip: For pretty grill marks, place your eggplant steaks on the diagonal, and only turn once. Be sure to not disturb the steaks before they are ready to turn.