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12 Incredibly Healthy Recipes Using Miso Paste… Including Dessert!

29/01/2016 (Last Updated: 25/10/2019)

Have you ever wondered what to do with that leftover miso paste in the back of the fridge? Well now we’ve got you covered with some helpful info and tasty recipes to kick-start your kitchen adventures using this versatile ingredient.

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Miso paste is a super popular and versatile Japanese ingredient made from fermented soybeans. It’s often used as a seasoning in traditional Japanese soups and marinades and is a great source of proteins and nutrients.

Everyone knows Miso Soup of course, but miso can be used in way more interesting ways than we first thought.

We’ve used miso a few times this week in our Pumpkin Miso Soup and Mapo Tofu Udon recipes to give these dishes a flavour-packed umami kick.

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

But did you know you can even use miso paste to make sweet and creamy desserts too?

Yep. We’re deadly serious.

And boy do they look delicious!

Apart from soups, sauces, and crazy awesome desserts, miso paste can also be used to make tangy salad dressings and savoury marinade.

We’ve got a delicious range of them below just begging to take a turn around your kitchen.

Now there’s no need to let that humble pack of miso wallow in the back of your fridge til you discover it months down the track. Whip up a few of these recipes and you’ll be wondering how it disappeared so quickly!

Before we begin, here’s a quick overview of the three main types of miso paste available so you’ll know what each type brings to the table.

The Three Main Types of Miso Paste

White Miso (Shiro Miso)

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

First up: Made from fermented soybeans and rice, the name white miso is actually a bit of a trick, as you’re more likely to find this variety in a pale yellow colour (not to be confused with yellow miso below, which is actually brown in colour. Why is this so confusing? I have no idea!).

White miso is also known as ‘sweet’ or ‘mellow’ miso, as it has the mildest flavour of the three. It is also lower in salt than the darker varieties because it’s fermented for a shorter amount of time. White miso is the most versatile of the three types so it’s a great all-rounder to keep in the fridge for many of the recipes below.

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Great Choice For:
Condiments (such as mayonnaise) / Salad Dressings / Light Sauces / Desserts

Yellow Miso (Shinshu Miso)

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Fermented with barley and sometimes a small amount of rice, remember that yellow miso is actually a light brown colour. It has a stronger, earthier flavour than White Miso and just a hint of sweetness in comparison.

Great Choice For:
Soups / Marinades / Glazes

Red Miso (Aka Miso)

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Red miso has the strongest flavour of the three main varieties of miso paste because it’s made with a higher percentage of soybeans and has been fermented for a longer time. It’s the saltiest and most pungent of the three as well, adding some serious umami flavour to your dishes. Note that the term red miso covers all of the darker shades including dark red and dark brown.

Great Choice For:
Heavier Soups / Heartier Marinades

Now as you can see, the colour of any miso paste can give you a good idea of how it will taste. Paler in colour = lighter in flavour. Darker colour = stronger and more intense umami flavour.

Pretty simple!

If you’re looking for a versatile miso to use in a broad range of dishes opting for yellow or white miso should do the trick. If you’ve only got red miso on hand you can still use it, but play it cool and only add a touch at a time til you’re happy with the flavour.

You can always add more in but you can’t take it out!

Where to Buy and How to Store Miso Paste

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Thankfully a huge variety of miso pastes are now available across the globe. You’ll find a range of types and brands on the shelves in Asian grocery stores and occasionally the Asian section at well-stocked local supermarkets.

Once opened, miso paste should be kept in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Lighter varieties will last around nine months while darker varieties will keep for up to a year. Check the ingredients list when you buy and try to avoid brands with additives such as MSG.

Bring on the Miso Recipes!

Now that you’re an expert on this amazing ingredient here are a few recipes we think you should try. Personally we can’t wait to try a miso infused dessert – so if that’s where you want to start there’ll be zero judgement from us. Enjoy!

Soups

Chunky Pumpkin Miso Soup with Tofu – By Wandercooks

Chunky Pumpkin Miso Soup with Tofu - Move aside Ramen, this homemade miso recipe is ready to warm you up. The benefits of miso are HUGE. Don't miss out on these benefits with nutrient filled ingredients like pumpkin, tofu and of course - DASHI! Pescatarian. | wandercooks.com

Ozoni Miso Soup with Mochi Rice Cake – Chopstick Chronicles

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Stir Fries / Noodles

Japanese Mapo Tofu Udon Noodle Bowls – By Wandercooks

Japanese Mabo Tofu Udon Noodle Bowls - Imagine a world of salty perplexity, melt-in-your-mouth tofu and those moreish udon noodles. This is what dreams are made of, ready to satisfy in minutes. | wandercooks.com

Honey + Miso Stir Fry – By A Beautiful Mess

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Salad Dressings

Spicy Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing – Pinch of Yum

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Sesame Ginger Miso Dressing – Savory Sweet Life

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Sauces & Glazes

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball) with Miso Butter Sauce – Chopstick Chronicles

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Flank Steak with Ponzu & Miso Butter – Rasa Malaysia

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Marinades

Whiskey Miso Pork Chops – Steamy Kitchen

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Japanese Miso Marinated Side of Salmon – RecipeTin Eats

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

Desserts

Blueberry Turnovers with Maple Miso Drizzle – By Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

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The Best Ever Ginger + Miso Ice Cream – Drizzle & Dip

12 Incredibly Heathly Recipes using Miso Paste...Including Dessert

So what do you think? Which one would you try? I know we’re definitely heading to the freezer for our next batch. 😉

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Martin @ The Why Chef
    18/11/2016 at 7:38 pm

    I’m gonna give them udon noodles a try! I use miso in a crazy umami burger I make – it’s also got seaweed, soy sauce, anchovies, mushroom ketchup, Worcesershire sauce, fish sauce, and is warm aged in the sous vide before cooking – AND it doesn’t taste weird, just very beefy and moreish 😀

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/11/2016 at 7:39 pm

      Oh my god that sounds amazing Martin! We need to try your recipe! Definitely give the udon noodles a go, we were addicted to them in Japan and nothing much has changed since then haha ????

  • Reply
    Diane
    28/04/2016 at 3:40 am

    Great post! I have only used the red miso in soup! My mind is now exponentially expanding with dessert possibilities??? Never saw that coming. I am ready to dig into these new ideas and delicious looking recipes! And all these misos!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/04/2016 at 9:39 am

      Excellent Diane, then our job is done haha 😛 Seriously though the flavours are so different across the different kinds of miso, there are so many delicious opportunities coming your way!

  • Reply
    Jolina - The Unlikely Baker
    28/04/2016 at 2:23 am

    Ok. You guys just made me run and check if we still had miso somewhere! And we don’t (boo, I thought we always have it on hand). Thanks for this roundup. Cannot wait to try (I am most curious about the pancakes – we only ever use miso for savoury dishes). Exciting!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/04/2016 at 9:38 am

      Oh no! Better go grab some! We’ll wait. Haha seriously though, we haven’t tried miso in a dessert and we need to asap! It’s just such an intriguing concept I can’t even imagine the flavours. 😀

  • Reply
    Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels
    27/04/2016 at 11:37 pm

    What a fabulous round up of recipes! Miso is a staple ingredient in my pantry.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/04/2016 at 9:36 am

      Great to hear Georgina! What’s your favourite miso recipe?

  • Reply
    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    27/04/2016 at 10:30 pm

    I have only used miso paste a couple of times to make soup. These are great ways to use it more often.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      28/04/2016 at 9:36 am

      Miso is such an understated ingredient – time to let it shine! 🙂

  • Reply
    Shihoko
    30/01/2016 at 7:10 pm

    Wow Great collection of Miso flavour! I love anything Miso, miso ramen, miso soup, miso katsu don (which I have just made today and the recipe will be shared soon), but I did not know there is Miso Ice cream. I would love to try it one day. 😀 Thank you for including my recipes in this great round up<3

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      02/02/2016 at 10:51 am

      Arigato Gozaimasu Shihoko! The miso ice cream is seriously intriguing, but we had no idea that miso was used in so many other different ways too. Love your recipes and can’t wait to try them when we get home. Three weeks! So excited. 🙂

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