Miso Glaze | The recipe critic

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This miso glaze is a great sauce that’s great for so much more than salmon! It’s sweet and savory and packed with umami flavor that goes so well with vegetables, fish and pork belly or a poke bowl. It’s a must-have recipe for your recipe book!

I like all dishes inspired by Asian flavours. They are bold and savory and are always a hit at my house. I also like how easy they can be! If you are looking for an easy and savory dinner recipe, you must try this Sticky Asian Glazed Chickenthis super yummy Spicy Asian Meatballsand this one easy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps.

Miso glaze in a bowl with a spoon to scoop some out.Miso glaze in a bowl with a spoon to scoop some out.

What is Miso Glaze?

Every time I go to Cheesecake Factory I always get their miso glazed salmon. It’s the best salmon I’ve ever had! One day I realized I wanted miso glazed salmon but didn’t want to eat out. I realized that miso glaze is super easy to make at home and tastes even better than the ones I’ve had at a restaurant! I am so excited to share this recipe with you as I am sure it will become an instant favorite.

A miso glaze consists of miso paste and other ingredients that combine to form a sweet and savory glaze. It’s perfect on salmon fillets and a great dipping sauce for it chicken legs from the air fryer or Wings. You can also serve it on top roasted Vegetables for a really nice umami taste that will really blow your socks off. It can be used as a marinade for your next protein or as a topping for you poke bowl. I love how many ways you can use this frosting, and it keeps well in the fridge for over a month!


I love how easy this miso glaze is to make at home. I am in love with making it for all my seafood dishes! It’s also perfect over rice, and I even love it with chicken. You only need a few ingredients to make the best miso frosting you’ve ever had. You can also add other ingredients such as ginger, mirin and pepper. The dimensions are below in the recipe card.

  • miso paste: Miso paste is a paste made from fermented soybeans. It usually comes in a container or jar in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. It’s so tasty and the base of this sauce. You can use red miso paste or white miso paste, both taste great!
  • Soy sauce: Soy sauce is a fermented soybean sauce and therefore fits perfectly with the miso paste. It’s salty and delicious, adding a lot of flavor to this frosting. Because of the soy sauce I do not add extra salt to this recipe. if you decide to replace soy sauce with tamari, which is gluten free, you may want to add some salt.
  • Brown sugar: The sauce needs a little sweetness to balance out all the salty ingredients. You can use maple syrup instead of brown sugar as a substitute.
  • Rice vinegar: This is the perfect way to brighten up the frosting. It’s sweet and sour, like apple cider vinegar. In fact, you can replace rice vinegar with apple cider vinegar in a pinch. Rice wine vinegar might also work.
  • sesame oil: This has a nutty, earthy flavor that is perfect alongside all the other ingredients. You don’t have to use a lot of it because it has a very strong taste.

Miso Glaze recipe

There’s seriously nothing wrong with this simple miso glaze recipe. All you have to do is put the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. It may take a while for the sesame oil to be absorbed. You want to beat until there is no separation of any of the ingredients.

  1. Add ingredients: In a small bowl, add the miso paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
  2. whisk: Stir together until smooth. Use as a marinade or dip for chicken or fish.
Include photos showing how to mix the miso frosting.Include photos showing how to mix the miso frosting.

Tips for Using Miso Glaze

There are so many fun ways to use this miso glaze recipe! I know you probably think of salmon first, but it’s actually great with a bunch of other things. Here are a few tips for using your miso glaze.

  • Use as a marinade: Miso has a very strong flavor and is perfect for use as a marinade. You can really use it with any protein, it gives so many different meats the savory taste of your favorite Asian dishes. It has a really deep umami flavor and is perfect for marinating chicken, salmon, cod and even tofu.
  • Use as a sauce: You can eat this sauce without cooking it, making it perfect for topping salmon fillets, vegetables or on top of some pork. My favorite veggies to serve this on top is this vegetarian stir-fry.
  • Use in recipes: You can use this glaze before and after cooking. For a delicious recipe for glazed salmon with miso, you can drizzle some glaze over the salmon before cooking it and then toss it back on top. This way it gets a nice caramelized top and then the extra moisture and flavor. You can also sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for garnish. You can also prepare vegetables, pork and other meats this way. Delicious on chicken legs or chicken wings!

A photo of miso glaze on some salmon in a pan.A photo of miso glaze on some salmon in a pan.

Save leftovers

This miso glaze is great to make ahead of time and store in the fridge. The flavors get stronger with time and it’s such a nice frosting to use all week long. Here’s how to store leftovers or extras.

  • In the fridge: You can store your leftovers in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator. It should last up to a month, but I’m sure it could take even longer! Be sure to check the expiration date on all your ingredients.

  • In a small bowl, add the miso paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.

  • Stir together until smooth. Use as a marinade or dip for chicken or fish.

Serves: 4

Portion1tablespoonCalories60kcal (3%)Carbohydrates8g (3%)Protein3g (6%)Fat2g (3%)Saturated fat0.3g (2%)Polyunsaturated fat1gMonounsaturated fat1gSodium1145mg (48%)Potassium59mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A15IUCalcium14mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional content will vary depending on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class Sauce

kitchen Asian American

Keyword miso glaze

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