Steamed Aubergine and Sesame

A light dish of aubergine and mange tout flavoured with sesame and ginger. It is suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Paleo and Vegan diets; and substitutes are suggested for Fodmap diet.

Steaming is an unusual way to prepare aubergine as it is generally fried in a lot of oil. This method — together with the flavour combination — is rooted in the interest I developed in Japanese cooking after my friend Fumiyo had taught me how to make sushi. And it works well here, providing a healthy starter or tasty accompaniment to the main meal.

The resulting dish makes a tasty vegan meal with rice noodles orginger rice; and one can add some tofu for protein. Alternatively serve it with a grill or steamed fish. For Fodmap diets replace the mange tout with green beans.

Diets for which Steamed Aubergine and Sesame is suitable:

Diabetic, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 10 mins | Cook: 25 mins | Serves: 4+ (as a starter)

2 large aubergines
2 tbsp mirin or dry sherry
1 tbsp tamari*
1 tbsp grated ginger
100 gm mange tout (not Fodmap — see notes)**
1 tbsp sesame seeds


CUT aubergines in half lengthwise and each half into a further four to six slices also lengthwise. (Do not make them too fine.)
STEAM the aubergine for 15 minutes over boiling water. (If there is more than one layer of aubergine in the steamer, move the top pieces to the bottom during the cooking.)
MIX the mirin, tamari, ginger and 2 tbsp water and gently heat in a large frying pan.
ADD the steamed aubergine to the frying pan with the sauce mix and cook for 5 minutes. (Turn aubergine pieces carefully so they are covered in sauce and retain their shape.)
STEAM the mange tout for 2-3 minutes so they remain slightly crisp and turn bright green.
ADD the mange tout to the the aubergine and gently mix.

TOAST the sesame seeds in a small frying pan over a low heat until golden in colour (there is no need to add oil).
PLATE the aubergine and mange tout and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.


– As a starter.
– A good accompaniment to a vegetable platter or salad selection.
– With grilled meat, fish or tofu and rice noodles orginger rice.


* Replace the tamari with soya sauce, not Fodmap or Gluten Free diets (unless Gluten Free soya sauce).
** For Fodmap diet, replace the mange tout with green beans.

Other recipes for Vegetable starters:

Artichoke Hearts
Beans with Tofu Sauce
Spinach and Pinenuts

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