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Niku Miso

Niku Miso is a Japanese condiment made with miso and ground meat that's great as dip for vegetables as well as a seasoning for pasta and stir-fries.
Course Appetizer, Condiments & Pickles
Cuisine Best, Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pork
Diet Dairy-Free, Low-Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 254 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup yellow miso (see notes below)
  • 2 tablespoons hatcho miso
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 60 grams fresh shiitake mushrooms (finely minced)
  • 20 grams scallion (white part only, finely minced)
  • 15 grams fresh ginger (finely minced)
  • 150 grams lean ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Put the yellow miso, hatcho miso, egg yolks, sugar and sake into a blender or small food processor and run until smooth
  2. Add the oil to a frying pan over medium heat and saute the shiitake, scallion, and ginger until it's well browned and starting to caramelize.
  3. Add the pork and stir-fry, using a spatula to break up the meat into small crumbs.
  4. When the meat is mostly cooked, add the miso sauce and turn down the heat to low. Cook, stirring constantly until the miso is thick enough so that when you run a spatula across the pan, the miso doesn't flow back into the gap created.
  5. When the niku miso is done, stir in the toasted sesame seeds.

Notes:

  • This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of niku miso.
  • In the US, yellow miso is often mislabeled "white miso". True white miso (shiromiso) is a unique style of miso from Kyoto that's made with a larger percentage of rice, which makes the miso very sweet. If you bought something labeled "white miso" in the US, chances are you have regular yellow miso. If you're unsure what kind of miso you have, taste a small amount, if it's very sweet, reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Niku Miso
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 1085mg45%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 147IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.