Made by fermenting soybeans with salt, rice fungus kōji, and sometimes rice or barley, miso paste imparts a salty, umami-packed punch to soups, salads, roasted vegetables, and more.
Miso comes in a rainbow of colors, from sweet-and-salty white to salty-funky brown. You can substitute one miso paste for another in these recipes, but take note that the darker a miso, the more savory it’ll be.
We developed this compound butter to accompany a gleaming Grilled Seafood Tower, but it works as well simply tossed with boiled noodles as a simple weeknight pasta dinner. Get the recipe for Seaweed Butter
Broiled Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Miso Glaze
It’s rare that we encounter spaghetti squash not shredded into its eponymous noodle-like threads. But kept intact, it reveals a beautifully yielding texture and a savory, subtle flavor that’s perfectly offset by a rich walnut-miso glaze.
Miso Roasted Scallions
Roasting scallions brings out their sweetness—finished with a tangy miso dressing, this surprising, simple dish makes a great appetizer or side.