Lauren Paul / BuzzFeed So, what is miso anyway? opensky.com 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 Erin / Platings and Pairings / Via platingsandpairings.com The buttery miso paste makes these taters extra savory. Recipe here. 2. Miso Grilled Eggplant Quinoa Salad Michelle Tang / Kitchen Mess / Via kitchenmess.com A super earthy salad topped with miso dressing. Recipe here. 3. Chile Pepper Tempeh Burger with Miso Carrot Cream Nina Olsson / Nourish Atelier / Via nourishatelier.com Burger as art. Recipe here. 4. Lobster Miso Ramen Jay del Corro / The Aimless Cook / Via theaimlesscook.com An Asian classic with a New England twist. Recipe here. 5. Easy Vegan Miso Gravy Amber / Fettle Vegan / Via fettlevegan.com Step 1: Make gravy. Step 2: Slather on everything you eat from now on. Recipe here. 6. Fall Spice Apple & Miso Oatmeal Kathryn / The Scratch Artist / Via thescratchartist.com Surprisingly sweet, subtly savory. Recipe here. 7. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Honey Miso Glaze Recipe Caroline / Pickled Plum / Via pickledplum.com Just when you thought bacon couldn't get any better. Recipe here. 8. Red Cabbage Steaks with Ginger Lemon Miso Danielle / Rooting the Sun / Via rootingthesun.com Complete with ~mustard crisped shallots~. Recipe here. 9. Broccoli Carrot Bisque with Yellow Miso Randle Browning / Week of Plenty / Via weekofplenty.com So creamy, yet so vegan. Recipe here. 10. Miso Caramel Candies Mary Kasprzak / Blossom To Stem / Via blossomtostem.net Candy for grown-ups. Recipe here. 11. Harissa Miso Delicata Squash Tacos Lisa / Healthy Nibbles & Bits / Via healthynibblesandbits.com Miso gets 🔥spicy🔥. Recipe here. 12. Veggie Couscous in Coconut Miso Broth Danielle Oron / I Will Not Eat Oysters / Via iwillnoteatoysters.com Perfectly browned recipes help up the umami factor. Recipe here. 13. Baked Pumpkin and Kale Manicotti with Miso Sauce Adore Foods / Via adorefoods.com Pasta, perfected. Recipe here. 14. Cheesy Miso Caramelized Corn and Pineapple Chile Dip Tieghan Gerard / Half-Baked Harvest / Via Cheesy-Miso-Caramelized-Corn-and-Pineapple-Chile-Dip-3 Omgomgomgomgomg. Recipe here. 15. Miso Chocolate Chunk Cookies Anabel Lee, Alyna O'Hanlon / The Shortbread Cure / Via theshortbreadcure.com Step up yo cookie game. Recipe here. 16. Miso-Glazed Crispy Skin Salmon Emily Clifton / Nerds With Knives / Via nerdswithknives.com A necessary tool in your fish recipe arsenal. Recipe here. 17. Miso Butter Corn with Togarashi and Furikake Maryanne Cabrera / The Little Epicurean / Via thelittleepicurean.com Basically Japanese street corn. Recipe here. 18. Edamame and Miso Dip Marie-Ève / Craving Greens / Via cravinggreens.com The ultimate appetizer. Recipe here. 19. Blondie Cupcakes with Miso Buttercream Thalia / Butter and Brioche / Via butterandbrioche.com Proof that miso improves pretty much everything. Recipe here. 20. Crispy Tofu Pita Sliders with Miso Aioli Lisa / Healthy Nibbles & Bits / Via healthynibblesandbits.com Savor this vowel-heavy umami aioli. Recipe here. 21. Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Miso Cookies Finn / Port and Fin / Via portandfin.com The perfect combo of all your favorite tastes. Recipe here. 22. Kimchi Pizza with Salami and Tomato-Miso Sauce Caroline / Pickled Plum / Via pickledplum.com 🍕 ❤️ 🍕 ❤️ . Recipe here. 23. Miso-Stewed Short Rib French Dip Sandwich Mandy Lee / Lady and Pups / Via ladyandpups.com Upgrade your comfort food. Recipe here. 24. Crunchy Miso Beet Rice with Spinach and Egg Ali / Inspiralized / Via inspiralized.com The best possible use for your spiralizer. Recipe here. 25. MIso Banoffee Tart Alana / Alana Bread / Via alanabread.com Live your best life. Recipe here.