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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Miso Ginger Asparagus

Miso Ginger Asparagus Recipe

A reader asked me what miso paste tastes like, while she has enjoyed miso soup at Japanese restaurants, she couldn’t quite imagine what cooking with miso paste would be like.

So what flavor dimension does miso paste add to a dish? If I had to just choose one single word, I’d say “umami” which is just a fancy foodie term that writers and chefs use. This is a tough one…..but okay, if I couldn’t use that word, I’d say, “tasty.” Even just a teaspoon of miso paste added to a dish (whether it’s a sauce for the asparagus, salad dressing, mashed potatoes or casserole) makes the dish tastier.

Miso has a very deep, complex flavor – salty yet slightly sweet, a little nutty. Lately, instead of adding salt to a dish, I’ll stir in a small spoonful of miso paste.

I need a little help from you all – can you help me describe the taste of miso vs. salt? Maybe it’s easier to use an analogy:

Salt is to Miso…….as _____ is to _____.

And hey, the one who comes up with the best analogy gets a prize. How about a $25 gift certificate to the Steamy Kitchen Store?


*Why all these miso recipes? I’m developing recipes for Marukome, the makers of Miso & Easy and some of the very best miso paste. 

Miso Ginger Asparagus Recipe

This recipe couldn’t be simpler….

Basically, throw the asparagus on a baking sheet and roast. In the meantime, whisk together the remaining ingredients – pour on top when the asparagus is done!


Miso Ginger Asparagus Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Miso Ginger Asparagus Recipe

Try this with steamed or roasted broccoli, cauliflower or grilled eggplant slices.


1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon cooking oil (olive, canola or vegetable)
2 teaspoons Miso & Easy (or 1 teaspoon miso paste + 1 teaspoon hot water)
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon roasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds


1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place asparagus on baking sheet and drizzle with cooking oil. Toss to coat. Roast asparagus for 8-10 minutes or until pierces easily with fork. Timing depends on how thick the asparagus spears are.

2. While the asparagus is roasting, prepare the ginger miso sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until smooth.

3. Pour over asparagus and serve.

90 Responses to “Miso Ginger Asparagus”

  1. Adeana — 2/10/12 @ 1:06 pm

    salt is to miso as broth is to stew

  2. Adeana — 2/10/12 @ 1:07 pm

    or salt is to miso as empty is to full

  3. Adeana — 2/10/12 @ 1:36 pm

    sorry- last one… as margarine is to butter

  4. Hazel Lew — 2/10/12 @ 1:40 pm

    salt is to miso as diet coke is to classic coke

  5. ekimba — 2/11/12 @ 12:15 pm

    Salt is to miso as vinegar is to Worcestershire sauce.

  6. Viraj — 2/13/12 @ 9:43 pm

    I am eating this dish as we speak- and it is delicious! I left the asparagus on the second rack for 10 minutes- I wish I had stuck it under the broiler for an extra couple of minutes; just a tip for anyone who likes their veggies a little crispy!

    The dressing is fantastic- I didn’t change a thing and don’t plan on it. I used a white miso paste from Whole Foods.

  7. Julie — 2/22/12 @ 3:18 pm

    Salt is to miso… as white vinigar is to a pinot grigio white wine vinager. A step up in flavor quality…like a fine wine.

  8. Soyon — 2/28/12 @ 3:17 pm

    Salt is to miso as olive oil is to sesame oil?

  9. Theresa Yadao — 2/28/12 @ 9:24 pm

    Salt is to miso…as roux is to gumbo. A necessary component to something absolutely magical..

    p.s.- I made this for dinner tonight & my family couldn’t get enough! Thanks for helping me with a new way to prepare a bumper crop of asparagus here in California!! Love your website too!!

  10. nike pas cher — 4/10/12 @ 11:35 am

    A necessary component to something absolutely magical..

  11. David So — 4/13/12 @ 5:36 am

    another fantastic use for miso to add to our collection. We use a lot of miso at home, does anyone know how to make their own?

  12. Ricka Doerr — 4/17/12 @ 7:44 am

    Where can I order miso & easy online. Thanks

  13. Winter — 4/19/12 @ 11:23 am

    Awesome recipe. It’s so simple and really brings out the flavor of the greens.

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  15. I love bacalao! I love it roasted in the oven with potatoes and onions and boiled eggs and then pouring some olive oil and vinegar on it when ready to eat. I will have to try this recipe too. Thanks for sharing

  16. Nice, It looks good food to eat and i want to tell u this is my first time seen this… It looks is amazing and thanks for sharing this recipe with us… Previous i saw an article on Salt cod with Potatoes which was really good… Jaden Hair!! you are doing the wonderful job by introducing us these amazing cocking dishes… Cheers..

  17. Amber Rositter — 5/31/12 @ 9:37 pm

    Wow! Thank you very much. I need this recipe for my cooking class. When I read this article, I really gather all the ingredients and practice to cook it. When I’m done, I let my favorite cooking teacher, my mother to taste it and I’m so happy because she likes it. Now, I’ve got already a special one.

  18. Mike Geary — 6/24/12 @ 4:10 am

    Wow! Thank you very much. I need this recipe for my cooking class.

  19. Juliana — 7/25/12 @ 2:25 pm

    Wow. Thank You so much for this recipe. Will teach this to my students in the next session :)


  20. Bien Maigrir — 9/4/12 @ 4:17 pm

    Another great recipe. Remember that asparagus is good for preventing rheumatism and heart disease.

  21. John — 10/4/12 @ 10:19 am

    what does Miso taste like?

  22. Cool omi — 10/5/12 @ 1:08 am

    Nice Recipe and will try it soon.. Thanks

  23. obat hepatitis — 12/21/12 @ 3:43 am

    great.. thanks

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  29. Kin J. — 9/30/13 @ 12:49 am

    why asparagus soup taste weird when combine with milk?

  30. Ben Ashton — 12/8/13 @ 6:58 pm

    I love asparagus and would like to try this dish. Can you publish where we might be able to publish where we might get some of the ingredients? Would be greatly appreciated.


  31. Robert Stephen — 12/11/13 @ 3:03 pm

    I love asparagus.thank you for your post.

  32. alex — 1/2/14 @ 11:11 am

    Awesome recipe. It’s so simple and really brings out the flavor of the greens.

  33. Google — 1/4/14 @ 11:50 am

    I am eating this dish as we speak

  34. Rachel — 1/19/14 @ 2:16 pm

    I will Try this recipes. :)

  35. azadpranto — 1/30/14 @ 12:45 pm

    The most and great food recipe. rely its awesome. can i have some? :P

  36. klikharry — 2/13/14 @ 7:06 am

    I will try this recipe with my friend!

  37. Sudip Kumar — 3/4/14 @ 6:18 pm

    Wow! Thank you very much. I need this recipe for my cooking class.

  38. Jual Jas Pria — 5/21/14 @ 11:14 pm

    Wooww .. Yummy nice .. Thanks for sharing

  39. Masha — 5/24/14 @ 11:05 am

    Looks Delicious!

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