Quick — when you think of miso, what’s the first dish that pops into your head? If you’re like most of us, we’re willing to bet it’s miso soup. And while that may be a fantastic dish, it’s a shame that miso tends to be reserved in many kitchens just for soup. Miso is an incredibly versatile ingredient that brings a deeply rich and intense flavour to any recipe it’s used in — and it can be used in a lot more recipes than you might think! We’ve rounded up seven of our most mouthwatering miso dishes that don’t need to be sipped from a soup bowl, so you can grab that miso and leave the ladle behind.
‘Motoyaki’ is a Japanese cooking technique that involves baking a mayonnaise-based sauce in an oyster shell. And it’s as tasty as it is impressive, with the miso paste and chili sauce playing perfectly off one another to give the dish a savoury yet spicy zest.
Miso and sake — it’s a match made in heaven. Not only does the miso and sake marinade give the mild-tasting cod a nice, flaky texture and boost of tang, but it also leaves it with a beautiful burnt orange hue after it’s out of the oven.
The veggie rolls themselves may be great, but it’s the miso sauce that’s the true star of the show here. The powerful combination of honey, ginger and miso makes for a sweet, spicy and salty appetizer, ideal for a hungry, yet health-conscious crowd.
This may be the ultimate ‘yin and yang’ dish of our miso recipe roundup. By combining the saltier tasting miso with the slightly bitter eggplant, this dish achieves the perfect balance of flavours – not too salty, not too bitter — just right.
A miso recipe roundup simply wouldn’t be complete without a good tofu dish. Incredibly simple yet delicious, this miso-glazed, grilled tofu makes for an ideal appetizer or side dish to any Asian-inspired meal.
Black sesame and almond-crusted tuna steaks sound heavenly on their own, but this dish takes it one step further by adding a zesty ginger-miso vinaigrette on top. And the results are nothing short of exquisite.
If you’ve run out of ideas on how to season your sweet potatoes, it may be time to give them a little bit of a Japanese upgrade. This subtle yet flavourful miso marinade is an unexpected, but delicious way to give a go-to dish an added kick.