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Miso 101

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Miso is a delicate, living food, so take care to add it at the end of cooking. It’s good practice to remove your dish from heat and then stir in miso. If reheating, use low heat and bring to a light simmer. Avoid boiling.

  • For a quick and easy miso broth, mix 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of miso. Adjust the amount according to the type of miso used and your taste preference. Add any desired ingredients.
  • For miso mayonnaise, combine 1/3 cup of mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons of white miso. Use in salads or on sandwiches anywhere you would use mayonnaise.
  • Miso marinade or basting sauce is delicious with tofu, chicken, beef or salmon. Mix 2 tablespoons of red miso, 1 teaspoon of canola oil, 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar, 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of water.

Kitchen Tricks

  • If smaller containers are available at your grocery store, try buying a variety of miso flavors to test in different recipes.
  • Miso paste will keep several months in the refrigerator. For miso in plastic bags, take care to remove excess air from the bag after opening, or move the miso to an airtight container. If purchasing in bulk, buy from vendors who practice safe food handling and be sure the miso is fresh.

Chef Cary Neff is the president of the consulting firm Culinary Innovations and the author of the New York Times bestseller Conscious Cuisine (Sourcebooks, 2002).

Recipes: Asian Spicy Gingered Greens Recipe; Miso Soup With Soba Noodle Nest and Asian Vegetables; Miso Orange Sauce; and Carrot-Miso Dressing

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6:48AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

Thank you.

7:13AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thank you for info

6:40AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thank you. I bought some miso but then did not know what to do with it.

7:46AM PST on Dec 22, 2013

Intriguing to say the very least. Have never had miso but am going to give it a whirl. Don and I CAN! :-))

10:40AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

love miso

3:30PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

7:47AM PST on Jan 17, 2013


3:12PM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Miso sounds like a great soup. Yummy!!!! :)

5:20PM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Sounds like a taste treat, good for a soup or addition to other meals as well!

7:14AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


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