After last week’s episode on the benefits of miso, perhaps you were inspired to buy a big tub of it at the market this week.
However, if you’re not accustomed to cooking with miso, you may be at a bit of a loss with what to do with it. Fortunately, miso has a nice, long shelf-life. Like most fermented foods, the beneficial bacteria act as natural preservatives. The other good news is that miso is a remarkably versatile ingredient that can add flavor to a number of dishes.
Here are some ideas:
Whisk together 1 tablespoon of miso and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Slowly whisk in 1/4 cup of tahini and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Thin with warm water to desired consistency.
This dressing is particularly good with kale salad or drizzled over roasted cauliflower or butternut squash.
Blend 2 tablespoons of miso with 1/4 cup of seasoned rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon each of grated ginger and sesame oil, and 1/3 cup of reduced fat mayo. Toss with shredded Napa cabbage or a bagged coleslaw mix, and garnish with slivered almonds and scallions.
Mix 1/4 cup of miso with 1 1/2 pounds of lean, ground meat and a handful of chopped mint or cilantro. Form into burgers and grill. Serve with Asian Slaw, above.
Blend 2 tablespoons of miso into a stick of softened butter, and melt onto steamed fish or vegetables. Or, spread it on a slice of sourdough bread, and cover it with a layer of alfalfa sprouts or thinly sliced radishes.
Maple Miso Glaze
Whisk 2 tablespoons of miso with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Use as a glaze on grilled salmon, pork, tofu, or mushrooms.
This article originally published at QuickandDirtyTips.com