25 Delicious Reasons You Should Eat More Miso

Soup is just the beginning.

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So, what is miso anyway?

Miso is a rich, savory paste made by mashing up soybeans, rice or barley, salt, water, and koji (an edible mold used in producing rice vinegar and sake) — and waiting for it all to ferment. Miso has been around for centuries in China and Japan, and its long history has made for some delicious variations that go with everything from brussel sprouts to chocolate chip cookies. Not to mention all the tummy-friendly probiotics the fermentation process produces. You can find miso online or in the Asian aisle of just about any grocery store for only a few bucks. Here are 25 delicious ways to cook with it.

1. Miso Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

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The buttery miso paste makes these taters extra savory. Recipe here.

2. Miso Grilled Eggplant Quinoa Salad

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A super earthy salad topped with miso dressing. Recipe here.

3. Chile Pepper Tempeh Burger with Miso Carrot Cream

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Burger as art. Recipe here.

4. Lobster Miso Ramen

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An Asian classic with a New England twist. Recipe here.

5. Easy Vegan Miso Gravy

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Step 1: Make gravy. Step 2: Slather on everything you eat from now on. Recipe here.

6. Fall Spice Apple & Miso Oatmeal

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Surprisingly sweet, subtly savory. Recipe here.

7. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Honey Miso Glaze Recipe

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Just when you thought bacon couldn’t get any better. Recipe here.

8. Red Cabbage Steaks with Ginger Lemon Miso

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Complete with ~mustard crisped shallots~. Recipe here.

9. Broccoli Carrot Bisque with Yellow Miso

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So creamy, yet so vegan. Recipe here.

10. Miso Caramel Candies

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Candy for grown-ups. Recipe here.

11. Harissa Miso Delicata Squash Tacos

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Miso gets spicy. Recipe here.

12. Veggie Couscous in Coconut Miso Broth

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Perfectly browned recipes help up the umami factor. Recipe here.

14. Cheesy Miso Caramelized Corn and Pineapple Chile Dip

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Omgomgomgomgomg. Recipe here.

15. Miso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Step up yo cookie game. Recipe here.

16. Miso-Glazed Crispy Skin Salmon

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A necessary tool in your fish recipe arsenal. Recipe here.

17. Miso Butter Corn with Togarashi and Furikake

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Basically Japanese street corn. Recipe here.

18. Edamame and Miso Dip

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The ultimate appetizer. Recipe here.

19. Blondie Cupcakes with Miso Buttercream

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Proof that miso improves pretty much everything. Recipe here.

20. Crispy Tofu Pita Sliders with Miso Aioli

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Savor this vowel-heavy umami aioli. Recipe here.

21. Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Miso Cookies

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The perfect combo of all your favorite tastes. Recipe here.

23. Miso-Stewed Short Rib French Dip Sandwich

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Upgrade your comfort food. Recipe here.

24. Crunchy Miso Beet Rice with Spinach and Egg

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The best possible use for your spiralizer. Recipe here.

25. MIso Banoffee Tart

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Live your best life. Recipe here.

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