Easy Miso Glaze

This miso glaze is perfect for fish like salmon, tofu or vegetables! The savory umami is off the charts, making each bite irresistible.

Miso glaze

Want a sauce that’s full of irresistible flavor? Try our go-to Miso Glaze! This umami-packed glaze is perfect for fish, meat, tofu or vegetables. It’s so packed with savory, tangy and salty flavor that it makes you immediately want to take another bite. We originally made it for our miso salmon, but it was so good we immediately made it with pan fried cod and sauteed vegetables (also delicious). Even better: it takes just 5 minutes to whip up.

What is miso? What type to buy?

You probably already know if you’re here. Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste that’s full of nutrients and savory flavor. It’s known for its intense savory flavor, otherwise known as umami: the fifth flavor. Umami is what makes meat and cheese taste so satisfying. Because of that, miso is great for using in vegetarian and vegan dishes to mimic the heartiness of meat.

You can find miso in the international foods aisle near the Japanese ingredients. There are many different types of miso: and they all taste different! We used yellow or light miso here. If you can’t find it, you can use whatever you can find: red or dark miso works too.

One thing to be aware of: miso has lots of sodium! So you’ll use it small amounts, almost like a flavoring like salt.

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Ingredients in miso glaze

This miso glaze has only a handful of ingredients that bring big flavor to any type of meat, seafood or veggies. It’s an Asian-inspired sauce featuring ingredients that often star in Japanese cuisine. Here’s what you’ll need for this glaze:

  • Miso: Light miso is best for its creamy consistency and mild flavor, but any variety will do
  • Soy sauce: substitute tamari or coconut aminos as necessary
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sugar: substitute maple syrup or honey if you like
  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • Salt

All you have to do is whisk the ingredients together and voila: instant miso glaze! One note is that you may find that there are a few chunks of miso that do not dissolve: that’s ok! Just try to get it as smooth as you can.

Substitutes for soy sauce

This miso glaze also has soy sauce: another great way to add umami to a sauce! If you eat gluten-free or soy-free, there are a few great alternatives to use. Try these substitutes for soy sauce:

  • Tamari (gluten-free): The biggest difference of soy sauce vs tamari is that tamari contains little to no wheat. Check the label to make sure! Tamari is slightly less salty than soy sauce, so you may want to use a little more to taste.
  • Coconut aminos (gluten free and soy free): Want a soy-free soy sauce? Coconut aminos contains no soy and has a similar flavor to soy sauce. You can use the same amount as called for in the recipe, but it’s less salty to you may need to add a little salt to taste.
Miso salmon
Miso-glazed salmon is a great use for this glaze

How to use miso glaze

Once you’ve mixed up the miso glaze: the sky’s the limit on how to use it! We originally made it for miso salmon and wow! The flavor was incredible. Here’s the basic premise for using this glaze with meat or fish: paint on a bit of the glaze before cooking, then add a little more afterwards to get a nice sheen and to refresh the flavors. With vegetables, you can simply add it after cooking them. Here are some ideas on how to use the glaze:

How would you enjoy it? Let us know in the comments below!

Miso glaze

This miso glaze is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free (with tamari).

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Miso glaze

Easy Miso Glaze (5 Ingredients)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 tablespoons 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This miso glaze is perfect for fish like salmon, tofu or vegetables! The savory umami is off the charts, making each bite irresistible. It’s just 5 ingredients (plus salt).


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons light miso
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or maple syrup or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth (the miso may have a few lumps depending on its texture, which is okay). 
  2. Use as a glaze for fish (it’s enough for 1 to 2 pounds), tofu, tempeh, or vegetables. 

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Asian inspired

Keywords: Miso glaze, miso sauce

More miso recipes

There’s lots more to make with miso! Once you have some, try it in all of these tasty dishes:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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