In light of the current health situation, many of us have turned into home cooks experimenting on healthy recipes that will strengthen our immune system. However, one can only have enough recipes on hand to last during the entire safe distancing period. Our solution? Take a card out of easy but delectable Japanese recipes with an immunity-boosting star ingredient, miso. This fermented bean paste is not only good for soup but can also be used to create hearty meals that are rich in protein, vitamin B, E, and more.
Ready to get cooking? Hit the kitchen and let our notes be your guide. P.S. We also share how to make these easy miso recipes extra pantry-friendly below.
Miso Yaki Onigiri
Got some sticky rice on-hand? Try making some Miso Yaki Onigiri, which basically translates to 'Miso Grilled Riceball'. This rich in umami miso recipe can be made under 20 minutes and is definitely filling and satisfying to eat. The richness of the miso paste gets elevated by the pan-grilled flavour of the rice during the cooking process, giving the dish a crispy exterior and a soft and fluffy interior. Take this easy-to-copy recipe from Nami of Just One Cookbook.
Make it more pantry friendly: Stocked up on some canned goods prior to the lockdown? Elevate your Miso Yaki Onigiri with some canned tuna. Simply drain the oil/stock, mix the tuna with equal portions of mayonnaise and soy sauce and mix it with your onigiri before you start pan-grilling. Yum!
Miss eating at your favourite ramen restaurant? How about making some at home? Miso serves as a great soup base when mixed with chicken bouillon or stock. If you’re worried about not having enough ingredients to make your bowl flavourful, this easy miso recipe from The Spruce Eats requires vegetables that are often readily available in your pantry. Awesome, right?
Make it more pantry friendly: Don’t have fresh chukamen (ramen noodles) to complete the dish? Turn to instant ramen packets instead! Swap the MSG-heavy flavour packets with the miso soup stock in this recipe to make your instant noodles a tad bit healthier.
Chicken is a meat option that’s versatile and easy to prepare. But what if we tell you that miso can add a new spin to how you cook it? Miso paste makes for a savoury marinade so it’s perfect for quick and easy miso recipes like yakitori (grilled chicken) that doesn’t require many ingredients outside of your common pantry stock. The sweet-meets-salty-meets-tangy flavour of this bean paste hits even better when contrasted with the smokey flavour of seared meat. This recipe from GoodFood shows you how to recreate it no more than 30 minutes.
If you prefer fish as the protein for this dish, Hikari Miso has an alternate recipe here.
Make it more pantry friendly: Don’t have scallions or cucumbers in your crisper? Bite-size cuts of onions and carrots are great alternatives for adding extra texture and flavour to your miso yakitori.
Miso Butter Cookies
Miso in sweets? You read that right! In Japanese cuisine, miso is also a key ingredient in baking because it injects extra umami to any treat. It also adds an extra layer of flavour apart from the sugar’s sweetness, resulting in snacks and desserts that tend to be addictive. Curious? This easy miso recipe from Nami of Just One Cookbook requires only seven pantry items that are regulars in our cupboards. Trust us, you’ll never get enough of sinking your teeth into these babies!
Make it more pantry friendly: Ran out of sesame seeds? Crush some peanuts for that extra nuttiness or dust your cookies with crushed graham crackers to add some texture.
Curious as to what people are home-cooking during this period? These millennials share their quarantine food diaries here.