How To Microwave Eggplant That Actually Tastes Delicious

SO easy.

This eggplant was cooked IN A MICROWAVE.

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WHAT? It looks so delicious though!? Can you even believe it.

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Try it. You will need:

1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 medium-size cloves garlic
3/8 ounces fresh peeled ginger (a 1-by- 1/4-inch piece), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch slices
4 small Chinese eggplants (2 to 3 ounces each)

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1. Grab some skinny eggplants, slice lengthwise, and cut deep cross-hatches into the flesh

Prick the eggplants several times with a fork. Place eggplants skin side down in a 13-by-9-by-2-inch microwave-safe oval dish.

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2. Combine all ingredients, except eggplants, in a blender. Process until smooth.

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But Dammit, BuzzFeed. I DON’T HAVE A BLENDER.

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It’s OK!

Just mince the garlic, cilantro, and ginger with a knife. Then whisk it all together with the other stuff in a bowl. It will be fine, PROMISE.

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3. Cover the eggplant with the marinade, making sure to get it deep into the cuts

Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoons of the marinade over each eggplant half. Rub the marinade into the flesh so that it runs into the cuts.

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4. Turn eggplants skin side up. Pour remaining marinade into dish. Let stand for 45 minutes.

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5. The eggplant should look nice and soaked in the marinade.

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6. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and nuke for 10 minutes.

Cook at 100 percent power in a high-power oven for 10 minutes. Prick plastic to release steam.

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7. Serve warm or at room temp.

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