9 Delicious Miso Recipes That Will Surely Win You Over

Let’s be honest: we foodies are fair-weather friends. One moment, we’re worshipping pork belly, and the next, we’re all about kale. But there’s one tasty trend that isn’t going anywhere — mostly because it’s already been in kitchens for over a thousand years: miso.

You’ve had it in soup. Maybe you’ve had it with fish. But this little paste of fermented soybean has so much more to offer. It wants to be tossed with your vegetables and spread over toast. It wants to be in your salad dressings and mixed with butter. We’ve rounded up nine delicious recipes that will inspire you to save a place for miso in your fridge and in your fickle, foodie heart.

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Toast Soldiers

Apart from sounding completely adorable, these toast soldiers from I Am a Food Blog are jam-packed with flavor. Whip equal parts butter and white miso, and you’re good to go.

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Miso Butter Shrimp

Save your leftover miso butter for quick weeknight meals: Steamy Kitchen uses it as a marinade for roasted shrimp.

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Spring Soup

We know what you’re thinking, but this isn’t your ordinary miso soup. Topped with crisp, golden tofu and roasted mushrooms, this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen is perfect for spring.

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Roasted Cauliflower

Miso is like an accommodating best friend that’s up for whatever you want to do. Crepes of Wrath tosses it with cauliflower, but miso’s down for roasting with just about any veggie.

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Cod en Papillote

It’s miso-marinated cod…just like Nobu used to make! But easier. And cheaper. Thanks, Love and Lemons!

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Arugula Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing

Forget your boring, wilted salad. My Name Is Yeh gives her ginger dressing some extra oomph with a kick of miso.

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30-Minute Ramen

Put down that instant ramen. You’re not going to need those suspicious flavor packets after trying The Gouda Life’s red miso ramen, which whips up in less than half an hour.

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Miso Butter-Basted Salmon

Miso butter, how do we love thee? It’s salmon’s turn to feel the love with this simple recipe from Five and Spice.

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Miso-Smothered Chicken & Eggplant Bake

Crepes of Wrath had us at “miso-smothered.” This recipe is a hearty weekend project, and you’ll have leftovers for days after.

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