Miso is a Japanese condiment that is traditionally made from fermented soybeans (though other beans might be used, these days). It is usually bought in the form of a thick paste that you can then use in various recipes. One of the most common ways that you may have come across it is in a simple miso soup. Miso is usually very salty and has a deep umami flavor. It comes in a rainbow of colors from white and red to yellow and brown.
Miso is rich in many vitamins and minerals and is a good source of magnesium, vitamin K, copper, and zine. If you are on a low sodium diet, you might want to do some further research or seek advice as miso is very salty.
The fermentation that the soybeans go through makes miso easier for the body to process and absorb the nutrients it offers. Our bodies also benefit from the probiotics that fermented foods provide us.
Check out this list of fun and delicious ways to introduce a little miso into your meals.
1. Yogi Bowl With Ginger Miso Tahini Dressing
This Yogi Bowl With Ginger Miso Tahini Dressing by Claire Ragozzino blends six tastes—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent, and bitter— to make a simple, balanced and healthful meal. A creamy dressing is poured over a salad of sweet potato, rice, and kale.
2. Sunflower ‘Cheddar’ Spread
Miso paste gives the perfect amount of umami to this Sunflower ‘Cheddar’ Spread by Courtney West. Much like the popular cashew cheese recipes, this sunflower seed version makes a super healthy and creamy cheese that is a little easier on the purse strings, too.
3. Miso Cilantro Edamame Dip
This Miso Cilantro Edamame Dip by Tara Weir is vibrant, fun, and full of nutrients. Gut-healthy ingredients like miso and ginger make a dip that is not only super tasty but one that is super healthy, too. This dip will go down well at parties when served with chips or crudités.
4. Unfried Cauliflower Rice in Ginger Miso Sauce
You can make fluffy cauliflower rice in no time with just a head of cauliflower and a food processor. Once you have your ‘rice’, you can start compiling this Unfried Cauliflower Rice in Ginger Miso Sauce by Amy Height. Ginger, maple syrup, tamari, and tahini join miso in making a delicious sauce to serve with your rice.
5. Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Ramen Noodles
This Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms and Ramen Noodles by Jenn Sebestyen and Kelli Foster looks suspiciously like a bowl package of ramen, but it is so much more than that. This dish still brings you comfort, but it is filled with good, clean ingredients.
6. Sweet Potato Miso Soup
This dish calls for red miso paste, but you can substitute for brown or white miso for a slightly different flavor. Whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed with this recipe for Sweet Potato Miso Soup by Rachel Phipps. This thick and creamy soup is a perfect chilly-evening dinner. Serve it with a big slice of crusty bread.
7. Miso Beetroot Hummus
As it turns out, miso and beetroot work well together, and that is celebrated with this recipe for Miso Beetroot Hummus by George Lee. The miso adds a deep, savory flavor while the beetroot brings incredible color, nutrients, and freshness to the dish.
8. Miso-Turmeric Glazed Eggplant With Spicy Chickpeas
This Miso-Turmeric Glazed Eggplant With Spicy Chickpeas by Wicked Healthy looks stunning and is pretty easy to whip up. You can serve this as part of the main dish with extra veggies on the side. Eggplant halves are piled high with spicy chickpeas and chopped candied nuts. Then, the whole thing is drizzled with a little extra miso glaze.
9. Fresh Rainbow Rolls With Miso Peanut Sauce
These Fresh Rainbow Rolls With Miso Peanut Sauce by Heather Larson make for a clean, light, and fresh lunch without scrimping on any flavor. These rainbow rolls are fun and easy to make and look stunning piled on a plate to share or to keep for yourself. You can always add more hot sauce to the dip if you like things extra spicy.
10. Blueberry Turnovers With Maple Miso Glaze
Mix a little miso into dessert with these Blueberry Turnovers With Maple Miso Glaze by Heather Poire. These puff pastry parcels are light and fluffy and are served with a rather unique miso glaze. Grab one of these turnovers and a nice cup of tea for a lovely afternoon treat.
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