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Quick Miso Butter

29/09/2022

Try this amped up miso butter instead of regular boring plain butter next time you want to bring delicious umami flavour to your cooking! Includes loads of uses and recipes ideas too.

Golden miso butter shines in a shallow blue and white dish.

Why We Love This

Miso butter is packed with umami flavour and you can use it with just about anything!

It’s perfect for cooking or seasoning when you want creamy buttery flavour with that extra savoury zing.

This recipe is all about experimenting to find what you like, so don’t be afraid to tweak the listed quantities to get it just how you like it

Related: Peanut Hoisin Sauce / All Rounder Umami Sauce

Miso butter in a dish with knife, ready to spread.

What is Miso Butter? 

Miso butter is a condiment made from two ingredients: miso paste (a popular Japanese seasoning made from fermented soy beans) and butter (made from churned cream or milk). 

It’s a type of compound butter, where the miso paste is mashed or creamed together with softened butter until evenly mixed. 

Miso adds a savoury umami flavour to the butter, making it great for seasoning a wide variety of meats, fish, pasta and vegetables. 

Keep some in the fridge as a quick way to add extra flavour and depth to your cooking.

What You’ll Need

  • Miso Paste – White miso (also known as shiro miso) is a great choice for this recipe as it is a little sweeter and milder than red miso. But if you know you love the depth and intensity of red miso (also known as aka miso), feel free to use that.
  • Butter – It’s best to use unsalted butter since miso paste is already quite salty in flavour. However, if you have salted butter on hand you can still use that too. You just might need to use less butter or tweak the ratio of ingredients to get the flavour just how you like it. You can also use vegan butter for a dairy-free alternative.
Butter and miso paste laid out on a white board.

How to Make Miso Butter

  1. Place the white miso paste and softened butter in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Cut through with the edge of a spoon to roughly mix together.
  3. Then use the back of the spoon to mash the butter and miso together. Keep mixing for a minute or two until well combined. It should look like smooth peanut butter once done.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Mixing – Always use room temperature butter and miso paste as this will make it much easier to combine them.
  • Taste Test – Like all homemade condiments, it’s a good idea to taste your miso butter and add more miso or butter to get it just how you like it. We prefer a ratio of 3:1 (3 tbsp butter to 1 tbsp miso). You might like to tone yours up or down by using more or less miso depending on what you want to pair it with. 
  • Storage – Store your miso butter in an airtight container or rolled up in parchment paper in the fridge. Keep for around two weeks or up to the original expiry date on the butter (whichever comes first). 

FAQs

How can I soften the butter quickly?

There are two ways to quickly soften butter from the fridge, and the goal with both is to soften it just enough without causing it to melt. 

Option 1 – Heat it for 1-2 short 10 second bursts in the microwave. 
Option 2 – Place boiling water in a small bowl or dish and let it sit for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain the water and quickly place the bowl or dish over the butter. The residual heat will soften the butter. 

Always err on the side of caution if you’re trying to soften butter quickly – it’s better to keep it slightly firm rather than overheating and causing it to melt.

What else can I use miso butter for?

Melt it down and use a cooking butter for scrambled eggs, fried tomatoes or sauteed greens. Or brush it over roast chicken part way through cooking. You can even use it in place of regular butter on sandwiches or grilled toasties!

As a seasoning, add a knob of miso butter on top of baked potatoes, roasted vegetables, salmon, steak, freshly cooked pasta or rice dishes like risotto. 

While we haven’t tested this yet, we think it could be an amazing replacement for regular butter in baking recipes like cauliflower cheese or strawberry muffins (with a lower ratio of miso added).

Can I freeze miso butter?

Yes, you can freeze your homemade miso butter for around 3 months as long as your butter was in date when you made it. Store in an airtight container to prevent the butter from taking on unwanted flavours or aromas from your freezer. 

It’s a good idea to slice the butter into small disks or cubes before freezing to make it easier to take out just what you need for your upcoming recipe. 

Can I use a blender to make it?

You can, though we find this just makes for more dishes (and time!) at the end. Using a small bowl and a fork or spoon is enough as long as your ingredients are at room temperature.

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Variations

  • Add Herbs & Spices – Blend in your favourite fresh or dried herbs and spices when mashing the miso butter, such as chives, rosemary, oregano, cracked black pepper etc.
  • Add Heat – Mix in your choice of rayu chilli oil, shichimi togarashi, gochujang paste or gochugaru chilli flakes. Freshly grated ginger would also bring a refreshing, peppery burst!
  • Add Acidity – Try mixing in a splash of lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar.with pancakes or waffles.
  • Nutty Flavour – Add some tahini, sesame oil or toasted sesame seeds
  • Add Sweetness – Mix in a small amount of honey or maple syrup. The sweetness and saltiness are amazing and would be great
  • Mediterranean Flavours – Add in finely chopped marinated kalamata olives, garlic or sundried tomatoes.
Golden butter is mixed with miso in a shallow dish.

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Golden and creamy miso butter in a dish, ready to use.

Quick Miso Butter

Try this amped up miso butter instead of regular boring plain butter next time you want to bring delicious umami flavour to your cooking! Includes loads of uses and recipes ideas too.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 4 tbsp
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $2

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp white miso paste room temperature, sub red miso for a more intense flavour, 15 g / 0.5 oz
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened / room temperature, 42 g / 1.5 oz

Instructions

  • Place the white miso paste and softened butter in a small mixing bowl.
    1 tbsp white miso paste, 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Cut through with the edge of a spoon to roughly mix together.
  • Then use the back of the spoon to mash the butter and miso together. Keep mixing for a minute or two until well combined. It should look like smooth peanut butter once done.

Recipe Notes

  • Mixing – Always use room temperature butter and miso paste as this will make it much easier to combine them.
  • Taste Test – Like all homemade condiments, it’s a good idea to taste your miso butter and add more miso or butter to get it just how you like it. We prefer a ratio of 3:1 (3 tbsp butter to 1 tbsp miso). You might like to tone yours up or down by using more or less miso depending on what you want to pair it with. 
  • Storage – Store your miso butter in an airtight container or rolled up in parchment paper in the fridge. Keep for around two weeks or up to the original expiry date on the butter (whichever comes first).
  • Add Herbs & Spices – Blend in your favourite fresh or dried herbs and spices when mashing the miso butter, such as chives, rosemary, oregano, cracked black pepper etc.
  • Add Heat – Mix in your choice of rayu chilli oil, shichimi togarashi, gochujang paste or gochugaru chilli flakes. Freshly grated ginger would also bring a refreshing, peppery burst!
  • Add Acidity – Try mixing in a splash of lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar.with pancakes or waffles.
  • Nutty Flavour – Add some tahini, sesame oil or toasted sesame seeds
  • Add Sweetness – Mix in a small amount of honey or maple syrup. The sweetness and saltiness are amazing and would be great
  • Mediterranean Flavours – Add in finely chopped marinated kalamata olives, garlic or sundried tomatoes.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Quick Miso Butter
Amount per Serving
Calories
84
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
23
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
160
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
11
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
0.3
g
0
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
266
IU
5
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Quick Miso Butter

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