Ginger Miso Eggplant & Bok Choy Stirfry

Two gorgeously fresh and leafy heads of baby bok choy showed up in my veggie box yesterday, and I immediately knew what was for dinner: Stirfry!


One of my all-time favourite Japanese-inspired stirfries involves ginger, garlic, eggplant and a little bit of sweetness (usually from scary refined sugar).  I’ve been craving this stirfry for the last couple of months (thanks to a drool-worthy post from The Grubworm), and grabbed a couple of eggplants last time I was out shopping.

Whenever I order this eggplant dish from Asian restaurants, they fry the eggplant in a ton of oil.  It tastes great, but I knew I could do a lighter version by stirfrying the eggplant in a touch of coconut oil and a sauce made with miso paste, tamari, rice vinegar, and honey instead of the sugar!

Oooh yes, I think I even prefer this healthified version to the one from the restaurants.  And bonus, I know there’s no sneaky meat in this one (why do they insist on putting pork in my eggplant?)!!  I hope you enjoy it too!

Ginger Miso Eggplant & Bok Choy Stirfry

Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a side dish

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2″ nub of ginger, peeled & minced
  • 1 eggplant, cubed
  • 1 head baby bok choy, sliced & separated into stems and leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. miso paste (I use red miso paste, white would also be good here)
  • 4 Tbsp. boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey (or maple syrup to keep it vegan)
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil (optional)
  • 1-3 tsp. chili garlic sauce (spicy!!! adjust to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

In a small bowl, combine miso paste with boiling water and quickly whisk well, until the miso is totally incorporated into the water.  Add the tamari, rice vinegar, honey, and sesame oil, and stir well to combine.  Set this sauce aside.

In a large pan or wok, heat the coconut oil and stirfry the garlic over medium-high heat until it just begins to brown, about 1-2 minutes.

Add the eggplant and the miso sauce, and stirfry until it has softened, about 5-7 minutes.


Taste a little bit just because you can.  You have to make sure it’s soft, right?  Yum.


Add your baby bok choy stems, and stirfry until they are soft, about 2 minutes more.



Add the bok choy leaves and chili garlic sauce, and continue to stirfry until the greens have just softened, about 2 minutes more.



In a separate small pan over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds for 3-5 minutes,until they turn golden brown.


Serve the stirfry over a bed of cooked brown rice or quinoa, topped with the toasted sesame seeds!  Mmm!


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Categories: Gluten-Free, Main Course, Vegan, Vegetarian


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13 Comments on “Ginger Miso Eggplant & Bok Choy Stirfry”

  1. January 14, 2011 at 5:21 am #

    Boy Choy!:D Is that the name for baby bok choy or a typo? If it’s not it should be. Love the use of honey as sweetener and I bought some szechuan peppercorns the other day so I can feel that combo with the aubergine coming on…

    • January 14, 2011 at 7:57 am #

      Best typo ever!!!


  2. Louise
    January 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I made this for dinner tonight with broccoli instead of eggplant. It was fabulous! thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • January 16, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

      Glad you loved it, Louise!
      I’m definitely doing this again this week quite happily with the other bok choy in my fridge!!

  3. Stacey
    June 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Had leftover bok choy in my fridge and this is exactly the type of stir fry sauce I was looking for! I added more veggies like carrots, peppers and bean sprouts as well. Very delicious and even more nutrishious.

    • June 10, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      YUM, it sounds GREAT with all the extra veg! Glad you liked it!!! 🙂

  4. August 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    My boyfriend and I made this tonight and it was very tasty! We added some beef-style seitan which was great in that delicious sauce!

    Thank you!!

  5. Julia
    October 25, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    Googled the veges in my fridge and this recipe came up, it was delicious thanks!!

    • October 27, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      So glad you enjoyed it!!

  6. Danny gonzalez
    August 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    I didn’t have the tamari, rice vinegar, or miso paste but I’m still going to try it out just to see! Any future suggestions on what I can replace this with?

    • August 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Not sure what you ended up using, Danny — but soy sauce subs for tamari (if you’re ok with gluten), you can use another vinegar, and try a nut butter in place of the miso paste.


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