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The Magic of Miso

Now that you’ve learned a bit about how miso is made, the different varieties, its health benefits and how to choose the right miso for you, the question remains: What do you do with it once you get it home?

Here are five simple ways to incorporate miso into your meals.*

How to use Miso.

1. Salad Dressings:
- Example: Mix white miso with vinegar and olive oil and mustard to make a delicious dressing.

2. Soups:
- Example: Create a miso broth for soups (dissolve the miso in hot water before adding it to your pot of soup. This is best done at the end of the cooking process as you do not want to boil the miso.)

3. As a marinade.
- Example: Mix dark miso with ginger, black pepper, a splash of vinegar and molasses to create a wonderful veggie marinade.

4. As a tea or coffee replacement.
- Example: Pour yourself a cup of hot water and mix a teaspoon or less of miso into the water and enjoy. (If you find it difficult to dissolve the miso in a full cup of water try pouring a small amount of water in, dissolve the miso, and then fill the cup to the top.) Many people use this as a nutritious and satisfying morning coffee or tea replacement.

5. As a dipping sauce.
- Example: Blend garlic, onion, miso, tahini, lemon juice and dill to make a yummy dipping sauce.

Miso can be added to almost any recipe as a salt replacement or to add flavor, including vegan tofu white sauces, stir fries, spreads and more. So experiment and enjoy!

Look for more miso recipes coming soon!


*I would recommend keeping your intake to around 2 tsp. or less a day to keep your salt intake in check.


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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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4:05PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I really like that idea of using it to replace your morning coffee or tea. I can remember my mother drinking Bovril in the evening because the caffeine in coffee bothered her. This will be the new Bovril!

1:58PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:42PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I love Miso but even 2 teaspoons a day gives me high blood pressure. It's such a bummer!

4:26AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

always wondering how to use the various kinds of miso.
oh worth reading ingredients on instant/dried miso packets as they can include MSG nd bonito (fish) flakes.

10:59AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013


3:27PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

6:17PM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Thanks. I've been wanting to try miso for it's health benefits.

5:04PM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Thanks heaps. My sushi shop just down the road sells Miso soup. It is sooooo very good. Hmm, gets up and starts to walk down to the sushi place. I think I'll have Miso soup for lunch. Thank you so very much! :D

11:58AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

i love miso! i was aware of the main kinds but didn't realize there were so many varieties. i found a chickpea miso once and loved it! i agree that miso has health benefits but i hate that it's so high in sodium.

10:29AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Your article is a good miso guide... thanks.

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