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WHAT IS MISO PASTE: USING MISO FOR COOKING AND MORE

Characterized by its rich umami flavor, miso is a fermented paste found in Japanese cuisine that can add depth to your favorite recipes. Miso is made by fermenting soybeans with Koji, a mold that stems from barley or rice. Use this guide to learn more about miso paste and how to use it in cooking and baking.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MISO?

There are hundreds of different types of miso, but the three most common miso categories are white, yellow and red miso. The types of miso differ in color, ingredients, overall flavor and use.

Different types of miso paste have various uses and you can create new flavor combinations by adding miso paste to your favorite dishes.

WHAT DOES MISO TASTE LIKE?

The flavor of miso paste varies depending on the type of miso, but it is typically salty and savory. White miso has a higher proportion of rice and has the mildest flavor while red miso has more soybean content and is fermented longer for a more pungent taste. Miso’s flavor profile can complement sweet, salty and spicy dishes beautifully. However, it typically offers an umami savoriness to recipes like miso soup, fried rice or ramen.

Vegetarian and vegan recipes can use miso paste’s savory and earthy flavor to provide a meaty taste.

MISO RECIPES

Though miso paste is most commonly found in Japanese recipes, you can make new savory creations with the recipe inspiration below.

1. MISO SOUP

This salty, savory vegetarian-friendly soup is the ultimate comfort meal on frosty winter nights. Broth, or dashi, is brought to a rapid simmer before adding red miso paste, silken or firm tofu and chopped scallions. Be careful not to add the miso when the broth is boiling, as this can decrease the strength of the paste’s flavor.

You can serve miso soup alone or as a side to dishes like sushi burritos, avocado crab rolls or broiled salmon with unagi sauce. You can even transform miso soup into a heartier dish by adding in homemade udon noodles or rice with tofu and scallions.

Miso squash ravioli

2. MISO SQUASH RAVIOLI

Give your favorite Italian pasta dish a boost of savory flavor when you make this miso squash ravioli. White or yellow miso paste helps enhance the natural flavors of squash and mushrooms while complementing the brightness of lemon zest and the salty bite of grated parmesan cheese. 

 

Elevate this recipe even further by making the pasta from scratch with the help of a KitchenAid® stand mixer and Pasta Roller & Cutter Set.

Edamame hummus

3. EDAMAME HUMMUS

Your go-to hummus recipe gets an upgrade when you incorporate ingredients like edamame, sriracha and miso paste. The garlicky heat from the sriracha balances the salty umami of the miso to create a deep flavor profile that delights with every bite. Dip fresh vegetables or homemade pita, or use this dip as a spread for sandwiches and paninis. Make this recipe in minutes with the help of a KitchenAid® food processor or chopper.

Sweet potato forbidden rice rolls

4. SWEET POTATO FORBIDDEN RICE ROLLS WITH GINGER MISO SAUCE

Forbidden rice, also known as black rice, has a subtle nutty flavor that is enhanced when paired with the earthy taste of miso. This recipe cooks the rice in coconut milk for added richness, then wraps the rice in thin sheets of baked sweet potatoes. The ginger miso sauce combines yogurt, rice vinegar, white miso, fresh ginger, maple syrup and sesame oil to create a rich and flavorful dipping sauce for your rolls.

Grilled romaine with miso butter

5. GRILLED ROMAINE WITH MISO BUTTER

You can liven up this staple leafy green when you throw it on the grill and pair it with homemade miso butter. This grilled recipe can be a flavorful base for your favorite warm salads or a side dish to tender grilled fish, steak or chicken.

Cauliflower fried rice

6. CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE WITH CRISPY PORK

Use your food processor to break down heads of cauliflower into small, rice-like pieces to act as the base of this veggie-packed fried rice dish. Flavors like fresh ginger, chopped peanuts, miso paste and garlic help to make mild-flavored cauliflower come to life.

 

KitchenAid® food processors can chop, shred, slice and dice ingredients like carrots, cauliflower and broccoli to make creating this recipe even easier.

Zucchini and daikon ramen with pork

7. ZUCCHINI AND DAIKON RAMEN WITH PORK

This classic savory noodle soup gets a nutrient boost by swapping traditional ramen noodles with spiralized zucchini and daikon radishes. Even without the pasta, this soup stays hearty thanks to the roasted pork and the rich flavors of miso, mirin and dark sesame oil in the broth.

 

You can easily swap pasta for your favorite vegetables with the help of a KitchenAid® stand mixer and 5 Blade Spiralizer Attachment.

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8. CUCUMBER SALAD WITH MISO DRESSING

This recipe utilizes the flavors of savory yellow miso paste and tangy rice vinegar to create a light and refreshing salad that still packs a flavorful punch. Serve this cucumber salad as a side dish to heartier recipes like spiced shrimp cakes and grilled Korean short ribs, or on its own as a quick snack.

Spiralized zucchini pasta and broccoli basil pesto

9. SPIRALIZED ZUCCHINI PASTA AND BROCCOLI BASIL PESTO

The classic Italian basil pesto flavor gets a vegetarian-friendly twist with the addition of hemp seeds, broccoli and white miso paste. The miso substitutes the salty bite of parmesan cheese, while hemp seeds and broccoli give this veggie-packed dish a protein boost. 

Soy ginger glazed halibut with Asian slaw

10. SOY GINGER GLAZED HALIBUT WITH ASIAN SLAW

Upgrade your traditional fish dinner with the flavors of soy sauce, white miso and fresh ginger. Homemade Asian slaw with cabbage, snow peas and red peppers is a refreshing complement to the sweet and savory richness of the glazed halibut.  

 

Use your KitchenAid® Smart+ Oven with Grill Attachment to make this appetizing grilled meal no matter the season.

Brussels sprouts Caesar salad

11. BRUSSELS SPROUTS CAESAR SALAD

Classic Caesar salad is reimagined with ingredients like chopped Brussels sprouts, homemade croutons and salad dressing with a miso base. This vegan-friendly recipe uses nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, capers and miso paste to replicate the flavors of parmesan and anchovies found in a traditional Caesar salad.

WHAT IS A GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR MISO?

If you don’t have any miso paste in your kitchen, you can substitute it with soy sauce, tahini, fish sauce, salt or vegetable stock. Remember to make recipe adjustments to accommodate the substitution.

USING MISO IN BAKING

You can create baked treats like no other when you incorporate miso paste into your favorite recipes. Light miso paste typically lends itself to baking better than dark miso, as the flavor is mild and won’t throw off the balance of your other ingredients.

Elevate classic dessert recipes with complex flavor combinations like sea salt miso chocolate chip cookies, miso banana bread, pumpkin miso pancakes or even molasses and miso gingerbread cookies.

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