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Miso in cooking – more than just a soup base

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Miso  – a classic Japanese condiment usually made from fermented soybeans into a paste. It comes in red, white, or black varieties, all of which have their own distinct flavour. Miso is also chock full of umami – the savoury sensation that helps give heft and body to dishes.

 

There are a myriad of ways miso can enhance your cooking, be it in vinaigrettes, marinades, spice rubs and beyond.

By livelovelux.com
Miso is a surprisingly versatile cooking ingredient for soups, sauces and marinades.

Marinades

As a paste, miso is perfect for grilling, since the smoky heat of flames or charcoal only enhance its flavours. This miso marinade is an easy way to add this ingredient into your repertoire. Cook meats like pork, beef, and lamb, or vegetables like eggplant or squash, in a miso glaze, a mixture of the paste and anything from fruit purees to mirin and sake.

 

For an extra kick, try coating chicken wings, baked in an Electrolux Inspiration range oven, with miso, honey, and hot sauce. The oven’s UltraFanPlus convection feature ensures even cooking of the wings, ensuring it comes out crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside.

 

Dressing

Combine the earthy taste of miso with sesame oil, rice vinegar, chilies, and chopped herbs like Thai basil and cilantro for a dressing that is perfect for salads, pasta, and crispy vegetables. For dressings and vinaigrettes, white miso will likely work best thanks to its more subtle flavour.

By Seth Anderson
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Miso butter can give a savoury kick to dishes that utilise butter, such as corn on the cob and pasta sauces.

Miso Butter

Combine one third miso paste with two thirds softened, unsalted butter to create this delicious pantry staple. Spread it on sandwiches, use it to top baked potatoes and steaks, and fold it into pasta for a nice savoury flavour kick.  Like all compound butters, you can freeze your miso butter and cut off knobs as you need it to cook or top off a steak with.

 

Sweet Miso

Miso isn’t just for savoury dishes. Miso pairs well with fall fruits like apples and pears, so spoon that miso butter onto a crumble for a decadent twist, or use it to make roasted fruit compotes. The flavour also works well with chocolate, so try adding miso and sesame to your fudge recipe for a fun update.

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