Our Most Unexpected and Delicious Ways to Cook with Miso
Go beyond miso soup! Here, explore some of our favorite savory and sweet recipes that feature miso, including dips, vegetable sides, meaty mains, and even dessert.
It's a deliciously versatile ingredient that has been hiding in plain sight. Miso has long-been associated with a bowl of comforting, umami-laden miso soup, but it's so much more. In our opinions, it's a culinary hero in paste form and an ingredients that's deserving of kitchen staple status. Reach for it as often as the mayonnaise jar living in your refrigerator.
Miso is a fermented soy bean paste that's loaded with savory possibilities, and it even has a secret, sweet side. While that famous soup, with its base of smoky dashi broth is always welcome, there are other ways to feature mouth-watering miso in your cooking. Ranging from mass-produced to small batch and organic, we can now choose from a variety of the dozens of miso styles. Each has a distinct flavor profile and texture, but even the most modest miso packs a flavor punch.
Because of its concentrated, salty flavor, miso is a natural for enlivening dips like our vegan Miso-Tahini Dip. It's also a transformative ingredient in aioli and in simple vegetable sides like the Miso and Honey Glazed Carrots shown here. You can also let it star in appetizers like our Miso-Sriracha Deviled Eggs, or else use it to seamlessly enhance an entrée—try brushing it on salmon fillets for a spectacular meal.
One of the simplest but most powerful ways to use miso is in Miso Butter, a compound butter that you'll quickly find has an endless number of uses. And yes, miso even enlivens dessert—we've saved what might be the best (and is certainly the most unexpected!) miso recipe for last.
While we encourage you to keep on enjoying miso soup, make sure to also give these 13 deliciously different ways to use miso a try.
Miso loves butter. Make a delicious compound butter by mashing room temperature butter with a little miso; serve it alongside crisp radishes for an easy twist on that classic combination (or stir the rich compound butter into hot, steamed clams). Ready to take it to the next level? Miso whisked into hot butter makes a quick but meltingly complex sauce for pasta.
Miso-Sriracha Deviled Eggs
Miso can play to different seasonal audiences and appetites. Here, it enlivens a quintessential platter-meal of sticky finger-licking chicken wings—they're basted with honey and miso before being baked.
Grilled Zucchini Miso
Warmer weather calls for grilled vegetables, and zucchini are an excellent blank canvas for a dark glaze of miso blended with soy and sharpened with rice vinegar.
Whisk a tablespoon of miso into your favorite mayonnaise to perk up an egg salad, or serve this aioli as a dip for crunchy raw vegetables or steamed baby potatoes.
Miso Salmon with Asparagus and Carrots
Smooth miso paste provides a briny kick for lightly steamed salmon and vegetables in this weeknight dinner recipe.
Nobu's Eggplant Miso
For a deceptively simple vegetable side or appetizer, coat sliced, grilled eggplants with den miso (a combination of miso paste, mirin, sugar, and sake). This delectable glaze is also wonderful brushed across whole portabello mushroom caps, fish fillets, and spatchcocked roast chicken.
Mix miso and toasty tahini with a lick of lemon juice for a rich but dairy-free dip for fresh vegetables. You could also top it with warm eggs for a filling and low-carb meal.
Silky Miso Sweet Potatoes
Miso's affinity for sweetness makes the paste a perfect match for a satiny sweet potato purée.
Pressure-Cooker Short Ribs
The deep flavor and comfort we crave from slow-cooked winter dishes is made easy with miso. For these silky, pressure-cooked beef short ribs, miso is paired with dried apricots for sweetness while coriander seed provides a toasty backbone of spice.
The sweet surprise (move over, salted caramel, but thanks for preparing our palates): For a triumphant flourish, miso does dessert, too. Got ice cream, got cake? If you have miso (and chocolate), you now have the fixings for a craveworthy ganache topping. Just add cream. You're welcome.
Alaska King Crab Legs with Meyer Lemon-Miso Butter
For a party splurge, stir miso and fragrant Meyer lemon juice into an aromatic warm butter to dress the stately legs of sweet Alaskan king crab.