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36 Delicious (And Sometimes Surprising!) Ways to Use Miso Paste

February 27, 2023

You can make so much more than just soup.

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Our Best Ideas for Miso Paste

Miso (a fermented bean paste) is a staple in Japanese cuisine—but it’s also the perfect way to add a generous dose of salty umami to whatever you’re cooking or baking. It comes in a few different varieties, each with their own level of intensity, all ready to be the secret ingredient in your next recipe. You’ll often find miso in savory recipes like soups, dressing and sauce—but it lends itself to sweet treats, too. Just take these brownies, for example. Instead of granulated salt, we use white miso, which amps up the chocolate and brings a sharper contrast to the sweetness. The final flourish? A miso glaze, which takes the salty-sweet pairing to the next level.

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Miso Maple Brussel Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes with Lentils

The combination of miso and maple will make anything super tasty, even Brussels sprouts.

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Gluten-Free and Vegan Miso-Chocolate Chip Cookies

These classic cookies have a special miso twist.

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Edamame and Miso Dip

This creamy, protein-packed dip gets deep umami flavor from miso, a fermented soybean paste. Miso comes in different varieties with slightly different flavor profiles, so choose the one that appeals to you most: white (sweeter and mild), yellow (rich and earthy) or red (nutty and hearty).

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