15 Delicious Miso Recipes

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  • From soothing soups to salad dressings to savory marinade, miso is the secret ingredient that can shake up flavors in everything you cook. Here are some delicious miso recipes you want to make over and over again.

    Soy bean paste, miso on top of the tofu in the white plate.

    Miso 味噌, or fermented soybean paste, is an indispensable staple in Japanese cooking. We love it for its umami-packed flavor, all-purpose uses and healthy probiotic. In Japan, miso comes in many varieties and it is usually categorized by the ingredients, color and taste.

    With its exceptional versatility and long shelf life (yes, most miso can be stored up to one year), miso is like the one secret ingredient that can transform any weak, bland dish. One spoonful is all you need to add complexity and richness. Whether you’re using it as a key flavor or complementary booster, miso works well in soups, salad dressings, sauces, dips, roasted vegetables, grilled meats and much more.

    If you already have a tub of miso in the back of the fridge, it is time to scoop this fermented goodness out and make the most out of it. Here are 15 delicious miso recipes on how you can use every spoonful of the miso you have!

    15 Delicious Miso Recipes

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    Grilled miso chicken with salads on blue plate.

    1. Grilled Miso Chicken 鶏の味噌漬け焼き

    Do you agree that we all need more easy chicken recipes in the rotation? If you prefer lean breasts, this Grilled Miso Chicken recipe will a reliable one to lean on. The key is to pound the breast fillets thinly so they cook faster and evenly. Brush with ginger miso marinade, it will be no lack of flavors!

    Gobo and Miso Takikomi Gohan in the wooden bowel.

    2. Gobo and Miso Takikomi Gohan 牛蒡と味噌の炊き込みご飯

    Tired of plain rice? Switch it up with Takikomi Gohan. This nutritious Japanese rice dish is adorned with vegetables, meat, and mushrooms. The added miso brings another layer of depth.

    Different type of vegetable with miso paste on top, Miso Dengaku on plates.

    3. Miso Dengaku (Tofu, Eggplant, Daikon & Konnyaku) 味噌田楽

    Slathered in sweet & savory miso glaze, Miso Dengaku with tofu, eggplant, daikon, or konnyaku has been enjoyed in Japan since the 1500’s. They make a delightful vegetarian spread on the dinner table.

    Spicy Miso Chicken on plate served with miso paste on side.

    4. Spicy Miso Chicken スパイシー味噌チキン

    Made into attractive ‘tulip’ shape, these spicy miso drummettes will be a hit at your summertime parties. Doused in spicy sriracha sauce and savory miso, the flavor is bold and unforgettable. Make a large batch because they will be gone in seconds!

    Boiled Squid with Miso Vinaigrette in small bowel.

    5. Boiled Squid with Miso Vinaigrette イカの酢味噌和え

    Tender squid dressed in a sweet-tart miso vinaigrette, this Japanese-style tapas dish makes a great appetizer for backyard party or movie night. Bring out the beer or white wine to enjoy!

    Miso Salmon over the rice in the white plate.

    6. Miso Salmon 味噌サーモン

    Wild salmon fillet marinated in a sweet and savory miso marinade, this Miso Salmon is as simple as it can be to get your Omega 3 intake any night of the week. Enjoy with the aromatic ginger rice!

    Different type of Miso Soup in the wooden Japanese bowels.

    7. Homemade Miso Soup 味噌汁

    The Japanese drink miso soup almost every day with different ingredients. This homemade miso soup recipe shows you how you can make it the  authentic Japanese way.

    Miso Glazed Eggplant on the white plate.

    8. Miso Glazed Eggplant 茄子の味噌焼き

    Eggplant, so good on its own, but when it’s glazed with miso and grilled until lightly charred, the vegetable can really shine. Use the long, slender Japanese/ Asian eggplant if possible.

    Miso Katsu (Tonkatsu with Miso Sauce) and cabbages on the Japanese plate.

    9. Miso Katsu 味噌カツ

    Who could possible say no to crunchy deep-fried pork cutlet? This Miso Katsu (味噌カツ) – a Nagoya specialty, will be your new family favorite!

    Miso Cod (Black Cod with Miso) on the Japanese plate and glasses of sake on the wooden table.

    10. Miso Cod (Black Cod with Miso) 銀ダラの西京焼き

    If you are looking for a classic Japanese recipe for serving dinner guests, this Miso Cod will make a pretty impressive main dish. Prep it ahead, have a quick broil in the oven, and dinner is ready. Easy but no lack of elegance.

    Spring Mix Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing on the glass plate and miso dressing on side.

    11. Spring Mix Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing 味噌ドレッシング

    Spring Salad Mix with Sweet Miso Dressing is possibly the easiest salad you can make for your family. The leftover dressing even goes well with steamed vegetables or chilled/grilled tofu!

    Tonjiru (Pork & Vegetable Miso Soup) in the bowel.

    12. Tonjiru (Pork & Vegetable Miso Soup) 豚汁

    When the cold weather calls for a nourishing soup, a hot bowl of Tonjiru will warm you from the inside out. Root vegetables such as gobo (burdock root), daikon and carrots are used in this pork based soup stock for an umami-pack flavor.

    A homemade miso ramen in the white bowl on the wooden table.

    13. Miso Ramen 味噌ラーメン

    Flavored with pork and chicken broth with a mix of toppings , this steamy bowl of Miso Ramen is going to satisfy your noodle craving.

    Grilled Corn wtih Miso Butter on wooden plate.

    14. Grilled Corn with Miso Butter 味噌バタコーン

    Corn on the cob grilled until nicely charred and brushed with sweet miso honey butter – this is going to be your favorite of enjoying the summer time must-have.

    Negi Miso Chicken with salads on the plate.

    15. Negi Miso Chicken ネギ味噌チキン

    Negi is a type of giant Japanese green onion. You can use both leeks and scallion/green onion as a substitution to make the delicious sauce that go with the pan seared chicken. Once you taste the savory, umami flavor, you’ll want to make this chicken recipe over and over again.

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    Have fun experimenting with miso in your everyday cooking! If you wish to learn more about miso, click here.  Thank you so much for reading and till next time!

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