Miso glazed mushrooms are a wonderfully easy way to boost flavour and nutrition in dishes from breakfast to dinner. So if you’ve been on the hunt for a delicious and health-packed way to jazz up your meals, then you’re in the right place.
Mushrooms are versatile heroes of many dishes, from stir-fries to burgers and are the star of my Easy Mushroom Stroganoff. But have you ever thought about pairing these wonderful vegetables with the rich, savoury flavours of miso paste? Well, let me assure you, you definitely should.
This is quite possibly one of the easiest ways to inject a boost of savoury umami flavour and nutrition into your meals. So read on to understand the health benefits, creative serving ideas and the incredibly easy way you can enjoy these tasty delights!
What are Miso Glazed Mushrooms?
Miso glazed mushrooms combine the earthy charm of mushrooms (commonly chestnut, button, or other varieties) with the deep, savoury flavours of miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning made by fermenting soybeans. The mushrooms are simply coated in a mixture of miso paste and a little soy or tamari (gluten free option), which are then gently pan fried to allow the miso to create a delicious savoury glaze on every mushroom.
But this dish isn’t just about the incredible flavour; it’s also a great way to easily add a little extra nutrition to your diet.
What are the health benefits of miso mushrooms?
Mushrooms have always been in the limelight for their numerous health benefits. They’re packed with essential nutrients:
- Vitamin and Mineral Boost: Mushrooms are packed with essential nutrients like B vitamins, selenium, and copper, contributing to overall well-being.
- Vitamin D: Mushrooms are one of the few food sources that naturally contain vitamin D.
- Antioxidants: Both Miso paste and mushrooms contain antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and protect your cells from damage.
- Probiotic Power: Miso paste is a source of probiotics, promoting a healthy gut and aiding digestion.
- Dietary fibre: Great for gut health and promoting satiety.
What you will need to make Miso Glazed Mushrooms
- Full of fantastic nutrients, plant protein and fibre
- I mostly use chestnut mushrooms but will add speciality mushrooms when I use these to add to Asian-inspired dishes
- A salty and intensely savoury paste made from fermented soybeans
- A natural probiotic
Soy Sauce or Tamari (GF)
- Adds another rich umami flavour
- Helps to loosen the miso paste
How to make Miso Glazed Mushrooms
This mushroom dish really couldn’t be easier to make and is so versatile that you can add them to your breakfast, lunches and dinners.
Prepare your mushrooms and in a non-stick frying pan heat a little extra virgin olive oil on a medium heat and add the mushrooms
After a couple of minutes when the water starts to appear in the pan, in the centre add your miso paste and soy sauce.
Stir them together and then gently fold the mushrooms in the sauce making sure they all get coated
Leave the mushrooms to bubble away for another 3-4 minutes to allow all of the water and sauce to evaporate.
When the water has gone and the mushrooms are all beautifully glazed, serve them immediately.
Top Tips for perfect miso mushrooms
Don’t wash your mushrooms just wipe them with a damp piece of kitchen roll. This is because you will increase their water content and they will become slimy and have a slightly rubbery texture.
Try not to interfere with the mushrooms too much when cooking (i.e. lots of stirring) as this encourages more water to come out of them.
Recipe variations to try
You can customize miso glazed mushrooms to suit your preferences or meals that you may be adding them to.
Use different mushroom varieties – like oyster or shitake for a Japanese or Asian-inspired meal or use a whole large flat mushroom to add to a burger.
Adjust the seasonings to match your dietary needs – Use tamari instead of soy sauce to make this suitable for those with a gluten intolerance
Add some extra flavours – try adding a little ginger or garlic paste to the pan for a stronger Asian influence or add some chopped herbs like parsley, thyme and oregano to enhance the earthy flavours of the mushrooms.
Miso glazed mushrooms offer more than just a taste sensation and being full of nutritional benefits. They are also incredibly versatile, making them a great addition to various dishes.
Here are a few suggestions of how we like to enjoy them:
- Miso Mushroom Japanese Toast- Smother a layer of hummus on a slice of toast. Add some marinated tofu, watercress, rocket and spinach and then top with the miso mushrooms. serve with sliced cucumber and pickled ginger with a little extra soy sauce drizzled over.
- Miso Mushroom Bowl – Combine miso glazed mushrooms with some steamed greens like kale and spinach with some cooked quinoa or brown rice. Drizzle over a little sesame oil mixed with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and top with some pickled ginger for a wholesome and satisfying meal.
- Miso Mushroom Scrambled Eggs – Add plenty of miso mushrooms on top of your scrambled egg on toast for a healthy breakfast and way to start your day!
- Miso Mushroom Ramen: Enhance your favourite noodle soup with miso glazed mushrooms for an extra burst of umami.
- Miso Mushroom Tacos: Fill soft corn tortillas with miso glazed mushrooms, avocado slices, and crunchy zesty coleslaw for a unique plant-based taco.
- Miso Mushroom Stir-Fry: Stir-fry miso glazed mushrooms with a colourful medley of vegetables and serve over brown rice or noodles.
- Miso Mushroom Burger: Create a mouthwatering veggie burger by placing miso glazed mushrooms on a whole-grain bun with your favourite toppings.
A deliciously diabetic carb count-free side dish. So enjoy as much as you like without the need to worry about your blood sugars