California Prune, Cashew & Aubergine Yakitori Side Dish

Makes: 4Prep Time: 45 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes


  • 3 Aubergines, pealed and cut into slices
  • 20g California Prunes, chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Thumb of Ginger, finely grated
  • 100ml Light soy sauce
  • Korean chilli paste
  • Cashew nuts


  1. Firstly soak the bamboo skewers in boiling water for 20 minutes.
  2. Cut the top and the bottom off the aubergine and remove the skin with a sharp knife until all the black skin is removed.
  3. Cut the aubergines into 1 1/2 cm slices longways and then cut cross ways into 2cm sliced to create chips.
  4. Using 2 soaked skewers push all the way through the aubergine to fix it in place so they don’t roll around the BBQ.
  5. Season the aubergine with salt and pepper and put to one side while you make the marinade.
  6. To make the marinade chop California Prunes finely and place in a mixing bowl with the chopped garlic, ginger and soy sauce.
  7. Stir in a little Korean chilli paste, then spoon the sauce over the skewered aubergines and leave to marinate for a couple of hours or overnight.
  8. Cook the aubergines on a medium heat BBQ for 6 to 7 minutes on each side.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.