A vegan version of unagi don (grilled eel rice bowl). Soft, luscious eggplants and a sweet, savory sauce over a bed of rice.
In Japan, Grilled Eel is also known as Unagi no Kabayaki, which points to the specific preparation method (cut into square fillets, skewered, dipped in sauce, and grilled, etc) of fish such as eel. Unagi no Kabayaki is an extremely popular Japanese dish known for the soft, melt-in-your mouth eel meat paired with its sweet, savory, and umami sauce. Laid over a bed of fluffy rice, the sauce and the fish juices seep through to create the bowl of anyone’s dreams.
The unagi sauce is a grilling sauce marked by its bright sweet and savory flavors, as well as its caramelized undertones. While you can definitely find this in grocery stores, it is actually very easy to make. All you need is 4 main ingredients: soy sauce, mirin, sake (rice wine), and brown sugar. The sauce is relatively similar to teriyaki sauce, and entirely customizable as well. Feel free to adjust the proportions of each ingredient to your liking.
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Is there any substitute for the rice wine? For example, would Shaoxing wine or additional mirin work well? Thank you!
Hi Tessa!! Yes, additional mirin would work best in my opinion! Shaoxing wine should work too =) Hope you’ll like it! x
in my grocery store ‘mirin’ is also called ‘rice wine’. i bought both mirin and rice wine vinegar but would appreciate some clarification.. thanks!
Hey there!! In the recipe, I meant rice wine as Japanese sake!! Mirin is a sweet cooking wine, whereas Sake is a drinking wine (that can also be used in cooking). They are pretty different in terms of flavor (due to varying sugar/alcohol contents). Rice wine vinegar is a totally different thing, and it belongs more in the vinegar family (along with distilled vinegar, rice vinegar, etc.) rather than the wine family. Hope this clears things up!
Amazing and delicious. I love your output style and how you make these dishes so easy and to the point. Thank you!
This recipe was so simple and so delicious, thank you a million times over for veganizing so many wonderful recipes.
I’ve now made this “unagi” twice now and absolutely love it! I use it as a filling for vegan sushi rolls and reduce the excess sauce to drizzle on top. Delicious!
Really enjoy making your recipes and I can’t wait to try this one as well!
Made this for dinner and it was amazing. Used the leftovers three days after in some sushi rolls. Love this as a replacement for eel. My roommate and I loved it. Thank you!