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You’re probably familiar with miso from that Styrofoam cup of soup that came with your takeout sushi. But the traditional Japanese ingredient (made from fermented soybeans) is surprisingly versatile—and pretty good for you, too. (Think gut-friendly probiotics.) It can give almost any ho-hum meal a boost of umami flavor. Here are 16 recipes as proof.

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Ginger Miso Acorn Squash with Toasted Pistachios

The miso brings out the squash’s natural sweetness.

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Miso Hummus with Crispy Onion Furikake

One-note hummus? Not here.

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Stone Fruit Cucumber Salad with Ricotta Salata and Golden Balsamic Miso Vinaigrette

The tangy-sweet dressing ties everything together.

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Creamy Peanut Miso Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Like chicken salad but better.

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Miso-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Even our favorite veggie can benefit from an umami boost.

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Secret Ingredient Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

It sounds crazy, but the hint of salty miso adds a delicious layer of je ne sais quoi.

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Miso Sesame Shortbread Cookies

Or make like Coterie-member Jodi Moreno and whip up these not-too-sweet treats.

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Buttered Miso-Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic and Togarashi

You can think of miso like salt but with tons of flavor.

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Miso Brown Sugar Cashew Buns

According to Coterie-member Jerrelle Guy, you can think of the flavor like salted caramel.

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Miso Chicken Noodle Soup

This twist on a classic (courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp) is full of gut-friendly probiotics.

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Sheet Pan Miso Salmon and Spring Peas

A fast and healthy take on one of our go-to proteins.

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Steak Salad with Grilled Ramps and Tomato Vinaigrette

Steak marinated in miso is a game-changer.

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Miso Smashed Cucumber and Green Bean Salad

Crunchy and refreshing, with a satisfyingly savory dressing.

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Spring Greens Salad with Miso-Buttermilk Dressing

Ranch, but make it fancy.

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One-Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with Miso-Honey Butter

You’re going to want to make this every night.

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Raw Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Who said kale was boring?

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