This eggplants with ponzu sauce is super simple ingredients, super quick and super easy to cook. Yes, super~ super~~!

This is a Japanese side dish it goes with steamed rice very well.

And I show you how to make simple ponzu sauce with simple ingredients.

eggplants with ponzu sauce

Ponzu sauce

Ponzu sauce is a popular Japanese all-purpose sauce. It tastes tangy, citrusy.

The name from Dutch word ‘pons(punch as in a beverage made from fruit juices)’ and ‘Su(vinegar)’.

It is useful sauce for many food, especially on oily food. The citrus flavor neutralizes the oily rich tastes.

How can use the sauce

Usually used a dipping sauce with the Shabu Shabu or deep fried foods, sasimi and dumplings

It can use as a dressing salad, tataki, takoyaky. Specially grilled or oven baked vegetable salads goes perfect with this sauce.

You can marinate any kind of meats, seafood, fish.

Sprinkle over tataki, stir fried or grilled foods and as I did the fried foods.

eggplants with ponzu sauce

Cooking eggplants with ponzu sauce

You can use eggplants or squash, zucchinis.

It doesn’t need fry, you can grill , stir- fry or bake if you avoid of oil.

You can skipping the ginger or replace with katsuobushi flakes if you have it. Place katsuobushi flakes in warm water about 10 minutes, strain out the solids.

you can replace the lemon juice to other citrus fruits juice you already have.

If you desire more refreshing, add some grated radish like dipping sauce for fried foods from Japanese restaurants.

If you don’t like citrus flavor, you can use tsuyu sauce instead ponzu sauce.

eggplants with ponzu sauce recipe

Eggplants with ponzu sauce

Fried eggplants with simple ponzu sauce. This is super easy Japanese side dish recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people
Calories 114 kcal


  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped spring onionpinch
  • sesame seeds



  • Finally chopped ginger and mix with 1 tbsp of water, set aside 5~10 minutes.
  • Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, cut bite size about 3~4 cm lengh.
    Eggplants with ponzu sauce recipe
  • Score in a cross hatch pattern on the skin side about 1/3 through.
    Eggplants with ponzu sauce recipe

ponzu sauce

  • Combine soy sauce, mirin and lemon juice. Add ginger water discard pulp by colander. Mix well
    Eggplants with ponzu sauce recipe


  • Heat oil in deep frying pan over medium heat. When the oil temperature reach 180ºC, add eggplants.
    Fry 2 minutes and turn fry 1 more minute. It will be slightly colored and almost soft.
    Place on kitchen paper to discard oil as much as possible.
    Eggplants with ponzu sauce recipe


  • Place the eggplants on a dish, pour the ponzu sauce over.
    Garnish chopped spring onion and serve.
    Eggplants with ponzu sauce recipe

Phoebe Chung

Welcome to my blog, I'm Phoebe Chung, a food blogger and a lovely wife. I live in Hong Kong with my hubby and two lovely dogs. Loves exploring the world, sharing new recipes and spending time with my family.

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