Where To Find Miso in the Grocery Store?

To find Miso, look in or around the flour aisle. It's a soybean paste that's been fermented. Soybeans are combined with salt and koji, a mold used in the production of sake. Barley, corn, wheat, and other grains may be used in the mix. The mixture ferments for many months to years to achieve its distinct taste. 

The miso paste darkens and becomes more nuanced in flavor as it ages. A tablespoon of miso paste will infuse tofu or a bowl of ramen with serious taste. Miso not only adds a savory element to your dish, but it also has health benefits. 

Miso paste includes probiotics since it is a fermented seasoning. These beneficial bacteria can help to improve your immunity, promote a healthier gut, and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

A Few Benefits of Miso

Improves digestion

Probiotics are a diverse group of pleasant bacteria that aid in colonizing your digestive system with beneficial bacteria. Miso is high in natural probiotics due to the fermentation mechanism it undergoes.

Fights against cancer

Many studies have identified a connection between high-salt diets and an increased risk of stomach cancer, leading you to believe that miso will be harmful in this way. However, unlike some salty ingredients, miso does not tend to increase the likelihood of stomach cancer.

Live longer overall

Miso is a popular ingredient in the Okinawan diet, where people are considered to live to be over 100 years old. There's still cause to believe that Okinawans' high miso intake is advantageous. According to one report, men and women who consumed the most fermented soy (such as miso and natto) had a 10% lower risk of dying young — from either cause — than those who ate these foods infrequently. The tofu was also investigated, but it had little impact on lifespan.

Great Substitutes For Miso

Soy Sauce

The soy sauce brings heat to the dish. Since soy is saltier and less creamy than miso, so start with a smaller amount and gradually increase it.

Tahini

Tahini is a sesame seed paste produced from ground seeds. It has a similar appearance to miso paste and comparable quality to miso paste.

Fish Sauce

Fish sauce adds saltiness and umami in the same way as soy sauce does.

How To Use Miso

Salad dressings

Miso gives a vinaigrette a lovely savory complexity. One tablespoon sherry or wine vinegar, 2-3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, and one small teaspoon of miso paste make a salad for two.

Miso Onions

This is a delicious way to elevate your burgers to the next step. Cook your onions until soft in a bit of butter, then remove from the heat and season with miso. A teaspoon or two usually is appropriate.

In Marinades

Using miso in a marinade to have all the savory tastes embedded. This should not have to be a one-day event, in my opinion. It just takes 5 minutes to make a difference. Combining six tablespoons of white wine, mirin, or Chinese Shaoxing wine with two tablespoons of miso is a great place to start. Make enough marinade for two people out of ham, beef, or lamb. Grill it or pan-fried it.

Takeaway

Miso paste is an elementary ingredient to work within the kitchen. Like bacon or mushrooms, miso has a decisive umami factor, which means a little goes a long way towards giving a pleasing, savory taste to your dishes. There are obvious options, such as incorporating a pair of teaspoons of miso into a dressing, as seen in this delicious steak with Asian slaw. When combined with other Asian condiments, including rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame seed oil, the salty paste allows a fantastic addition to meat marinades. Miso may also be used as a stand-alone flavoring, as in this gorgeous miso-buttered succotash.