Miso paste is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans, along with other grains such as rice or barley, and salt.
The mixture is left to ferment for several months, resulting in a thick, savory paste with a unique umami flavor. Miso paste is commonly used in soups, marinades, dressings, and as a seasoning in various dishes. I love adding some miso paste to this delicious pork egg roll in a bowl!
Down below, I’m going to share a few ingredients that are great miso paste substitutes.
1. Soy Sauce
Soy sauce can be used as a substitute for miso paste in recipes that require a salty, umami flavor. However, it will lack the thicker texture of miso.
Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and has a nutty, slightly bitter flavor that can mimic some of the umami notes of miso.
3. Fish Sauce
Fish sauce is a pungent and salty sauce made from fermented fish. It can be used in small amounts to add a similar depth of flavor as miso paste.
4. Worcestershire Sauce
This classic English sauce contains anchovies, vinegar, molasses, and other seasonings. It can be used as a substitute for miso paste in small quantities to add a savory flavor to dishes.
5. Anchovy Paste
Anchovy paste is made from mashed anchovies and salt, and can add a similar depth of flavor to miso paste. However, it is saltier and may not be suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets.
6. Vegemite or Marmite
These spreads are made from yeast extract and are popular in Australia and the UK, respectively. They have a strong umami flavor that can be used in place of miso paste in small amounts.
7. Mushroom Broth
Mushroom broth is a flavorful liquid made from mushrooms and water, and can be used to add a savory flavor to dishes in place of miso paste.
8. Beef Broth
Beef broth is another savory liquid that can be used as a substitute for miso paste. However, it may not be suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets.
9. Vegetable Stock
Vegetable stock can be used in place of miso paste in recipes that require a mild, savory flavor. It may lack some of the depth of flavor of miso, but can still add a nice umami note.
10. Chicken Stock
Chicken stock can be used as a substitute for miso paste in recipes that require a savory flavor. Again, it may not be suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets.
11. Parmesan Cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese can be used in small amounts to add a savory, umami flavor to dishes in place of miso paste. However, it is not suitable for vegan diets.
12. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that has a cheesy, nutty flavor and can be used as a substitute for miso paste in some recipes. It is also a popular ingredient in vegan diets.
If I’m missing any miso paste substitutes, feel free to comment down below and let me know the ones I missed!
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