This easy, homemade Miso Butter adds unique and fantastic flavor to so many dishes! You’ve got to try it!
Today’s two-ingredient recipe for Miso Butter is our newest flavor obsession – and a very delicious way to get introduced to this ancient ingredient!
If you’ve eaten at an Asian restaurant, chance are you’ve seen miso soup on the menu. But there are lots of ways to cook with miso – a thick, paste with a wonderfully unique flavor.
What is Miso?
Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans and koji (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae), plus sometimes rice, barley and other ingredients. Today’s Miso Butter is simply softened, unsalted butter that has been mixed with white miso (also called shiromiso). There are other varieties available including “red miso” (akamiso) or “mixed miso” (awasemiso).
We found both white and red miso at our local supermarket in the Asian aisle, but if you have access to a good Asian specialty market or you look online, you are sure to find lots of different options. (The flavor and aroma of your miso can vary from brand to brand.)
How do you cook with Miso?
Miso Butter is wonderful added to hot and steamy or pan fried rice, melted on steak, or tossed and melted with vegetables. (It’s even delicious schmeared on corn on the cob!)
The miso lends a uniquely salty-savory-sweet umami flavor to the butter in this simple recipe. Its flavor is unique and delicious – and I predict you’ll love it as much as we do.
P.S. Here is a fantastic recipe for Miso Fried Rice (using this miso butter). We think you’ll love it!
You may also like:
- Miso Fried Rice
- Ginger Dressing
- Easy Asian Slaw
- Asian Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash
- Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken
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We used a ratio of 2 parts butter to 1 part miso in today’s recipe, but feel free to vary that to suit your tastes. Less miso will yield a smoother, creamier butter but it won’t have as much miso.
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
4 tablespoons white miso (also called shiromiso)
Combine softened butter and miso in a mixing bowl. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer, blend together.
Keywords: miso, butter