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This collection of dietitian-designed recipes with miso will give you plenty of ideas for ways to use miso paste in your cooking. Here you’ll find miso recipes for seafood, vegan mains, soups, salads, sides, and sauces. With this roundup, you’ll never have to ask “what to do with miso paste?” again!

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In this post you’ll find 19 healthy recipes with miso paste from the blog along with some answers to frequently asked questions. You can keep scrolling to explore everything, or click on the following sections to find exactly what you’re looking for:

What Is Miso Paste?

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermenting soybeans with salt and kōji (a type of mould). It will sometimes contain other ingredients, like rice, barley, or seaweed.

There are many different types of miso paste, but what you will typically see in the grocery store are either the white (lighter) or red (darker) varieties. In general, the darker the colour, the stronger the taste.

What Does Miso Do In A Recipe?

The result of this fermentation process is a thick paste that’s used to add flavour to sauces, soups, marinades, spreads, dips, and more.

Miso adds a FANTASTIC salty and umami flavour to your dishes – it’s incredibly unique and one of my personal favourite flavour enhancers to use in my cooking (as evidenced by this roundup)!

Miso Nutrition Benefits

Because miso paste is made by fermenting soybeans, it’s a natural source of beneficial gut microbes that appear to play a role in many aspects of human health.

Miso is also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as: 

  • manganese
  • vitamin K
  • copper
  • zinc

Please note that miso does contain a fair amount of sodium, so you likely will not need to add extra salt to any of these recipes 🙂

Seafood Dishes With Miso

In this section you’ll find seafood main dish recipes using miso paste. I particularly love miso with salmon!

1) Baked Miso Maple Ginger Salmon

Overhead photo of a bowl of miso ginger salmon, quinoa, and zucchini.
This baked miso maple ginger salmon recipe is such an easy, delicious, and nutritious weeknight dinner! You only need 8 ingredients and about 30 minutes to make the salmon. It's full of flavour and the sauce goes great with anything you pair the fish with!
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2) Salmon With Sweet Potato & Miso Coconut Sauce

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This salmon with sweet potato mash recipe is served with the most deliciously creamy miso coconut sauce! It's an easy, cozy, and healthy dinner idea that's ready in about 30 minutes. Recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.
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3) Spaghetti Squash With Kale Miso Pesto

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This healthy spaghetti squash recipe is served with a kale miso pesto and sautéed shrimp. It's dairy-free, gluten-free, and high in fibre and protein. All you need is 10 ingredients!
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Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes With Miso

In this section you’ll find vegetarian and/or vegan main dish recipes using miso paste.

4) Crispy Tofu With Maple Miso Sauce

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This Crispy Baked Tofu With Maple Miso Sauce is a delicious vegan protein idea that pairs beautiful with a side of veggies and grains! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and ready in 30 minutes.
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5) Tempeh Stir-Fry With Miso Peanut Sauce

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This tempeh and vegetable stir-fry is topped with a creamy miso peanut sauce for a delicious and nutritionally-balanced meal. Serve with rice or noodles!
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6) Creamy Miso Tahini Pasta

Pasta tossed with tahini sauce and broccoli in a large pot.
This creamy, vegan tahini pasta recipe is made with one of my favourite "cheesy" miso tahini sauces. It's delicious, quick to make, and nutritious. Feel free to add extra veggies, like broccoli!
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7) Miso Mushroom Pasta

Healthy miso mushroom pappardelle pasta served in a bowl.
This mushroom pasta recipe is made with miso paste, garlic, shallots, lemon, parmesan, and parsley. It's a nutritious, lightened up pappardelle mushroom pasta made without heavy cream, butter, or wine! Can easily be made vegan, if desired.
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Soups With Miso

You may be familiar with traditional miso soup, but miso can also be used to add flavour to all kinds of soups – just like these mushroom and ramen soups!

8) Creamy Miso Mushroom Soup

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This creamy vegan miso mushroom soup is a delicious plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free alternative to the classic! It's under 10 ingredients, packed with flavour, and SO easy to make.
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9) Miso Ramen Noodle Soup

homemade miso ramen noodle soup with broccoli, mushrooms, eggs, and microgreens in white bowl
This recipe for healthy miso ramen noodle soup is warm, comforting and packed with tons of veggies and micronutrients. An easy 30-min meal!
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Salads With Miso

Miso makes an AWESOME addition to salad dressings – here are some of my favourites!

10) Warm Mushroom Salad With Miso Dressing

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This warm mushroom salad recipe is made with kale, farro, avocado, and topped with a delicious miso-sesame dressing. It's a hearty vegan salad that can been enjoyed as a side or a main!
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11) Quinoa Edamame Salad With Miso Dressing

Quinoa edamame salad in a large serving bowl.
This quinoa edamame salad recipe is made with colourful, crunchy vegetables like cucumber, celery, carrots, and purple cabbage. Tossed in an Asian-inspired miso sesame ginger dressing, this salad recipe is so flavourful and PACKED with plant-based protein!
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12) Crispy Tofu Salad With Miso Tahini

Overhead photo of a large white plate topped with a colourful chopped salad topped with tofu cubes and a drizzle of tahini dressing.
Filled with crunchy veggies and crispy tofu, this healthy salad is satisfying, delicious, and packed with nutrients. With a creamy and rich miso sesame tahini dressing, this recipe is vegan and gluten-free. This salad is meant to be eaten cold and enjoyed as a complete meal!
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Side Dishes With Miso

In this section you’ll find delicious side dish recipes that use miso paste.

13) Roasted Miso Broccoli

Roasted miso broccoli in a white serving bowl.
This easy roasted miso broccoli recipe is SUCH a delicious vegetable side dish. Broccoli is roasted until it's crispy and lightly charred, then tossed in the most luscious, umami-flavoured miso sauce. All you need are 6-ingredients and under 30-minutes to make it!
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14) Cheesy Miso Mushroom Rice

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This cheesy miso mushroom rice recipe is the perfect hands-off alternative to risotto. It's gluten-free, vegetarian, and so easy to make!
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15) Japanese Sweet Potato With Miso Maple Tahini

Roasted Japanese sweet potato cubes on a serving plate.
These oven-roasted Japanese sweet potato cubes are paired with a delicious miso maple tahini dressing. They're so easy to make, perfect for a comforting and healthy vegetable side dish! Recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
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16) Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes

miso mashed sweet potatoes in white bowl topped with walnuts and parsley
These Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes are easy to make, healthy, and completely vegan. This recipe is a unique and savoury take on a sweet potato side dish!
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Sauces & Dressings With Miso

In this section you’ll find recipes for a miso salad dressing and some delicious all-purpose sauces that work great on pastas, grain bowls, and stir-fries!

17) Miso Salad Dressing With Sesame & Ginger

Homemade miso salad dressing in a glass jar.
This 5-minute, Japanese-inspired miso salad dressing recipe is made with sesame, ginger, and garlic. It's SO flavourful and easy to make, while being vegan, gluten-free, and added sugar-free as well.
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18) “Cheesy” Miso Tahini Sauce

vegan miso tahini sauce in brown bowl with gold spoon
This creamy, "cheesy," and delicious miso tahini sauce is made with just 6 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make! It's a healthy vegan sauce that's perfect for pastas, grain bowls, and more!
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19) Miso Peanut Sauce

Straight on photo of miso peanut sauce being poured onto a plate of tofu.
This easy homemade miso peanut sauce recipe uses only 6 simple ingredients and tastes SO delicious! It's an all-purpose sauce that can be served with a variety of meals. Recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.
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And there you have it – 19 Easy, Healthy Miso Recipes to cook and enjoy. If you make any of these recipes, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram or Pinterest – seeing your creations always makes my day. You can also subscribe to my email list to never miss a new recipe or nutrition education post!

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Get the Recipe: 19 Healthy Miso Recipes, Including Miso Salmon

This baked miso maple ginger salmon recipe is such an easy, delicious, and nutritious weeknight dinner! You only need 8 ingredients and about 30 minutes to make the salmon. It's full of flavour and the sauce goes great with anything you pair the fish with! Plus, more healthy recipes with miso paste!
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  • 2 pieces of salmon (about 4-6 ounces each)
  • Black pepper, to taste

Miso Maple Ginger Sauce:


  • Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place salmon fillets on top.
  • Add mirin to a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mirin to a boil, and allow to boil for about 1 minute.
  • Then, reduce the heat and add minced garlic. Stir around for about 30 seconds, then add miso paste. Whisk until the miso paste starts to dissolve and break down.
  • Then, add the grated ginger, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and avocado oil. Bring everything to a boil again, whisking continuously for 1 minute.
  • Once a smooth sauce has formed, turn off the heat. Spoon 1/2 of the sauce over top of the salmon fillets, coating evenly.
  • Place salmon in the oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on thickness and desired doneness.
  • When salmon is cooked, remove from oven. Serve with desired sides (ideas included in notes below!) and finish with the remainder of sauce and some black pepper. Enjoy hot!


  • Leftovers of this recipe can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • You can either reheat the salmon (along with any grains/veggies) in the microwave for a quick meal. Or, if you’d prefer you can always repurpose the salmon in other ways. It would taste great flaked over a salad or added to a stir-fry!
  • You can use either freshly grated or ground ginger (*I’d use roughly 1/4-1/2 tsp of ground ginger – feel free to start low and adjust to taste).
  • Similarly, you can use either freshly minced garlic or garlic powder (*I’d use roughly 1/4-1/2 tsp of powder – feel free to start low and adjust to taste).
  • While I love avocado oil here, you can always use another neutral oil that you have on hand.
*SERVE WITH: Because this miso salmon recipe is a great source of protein and healthy fats, I would recommend serving it with a starch and some non-starchy veggies.
  • For a starch – I love this over a bed of whole grains like quinoa, brown or white rice, millet, or farro. You could also try it over some crispy roasted potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes!
  • For non-starchy veggies – I’d go for some sautéed leafy greens (like spinach, kale, or swiss chard) or roasted veggies like zucchini or broccoli.
  • TIP: make this a sheet pan meal by roasting veggies alongside salmon (like I did in the pictures with chopped zucchini). Aim to use a veggie that has a similar cooking time (about 15 mins) and cut into smaller pieces. Otherwise, get the veggies in the oven first and then add the salmon on the pan for the last 12-15 min!
  • This recipe makes a decent amount of miso ginger sauce, so it’s perfect for mixing in with the grains and veggies when serving.


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