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

I love all dishes inspired by Asian flavors. They are bold and savory and are always a hit at my house. I also love how easy they can be! If you are looking for a simple and savory dinner recipe, you’ve got to try this Sticky Asian Glazed Chicken, these super yummy Saucy Asian Meatballs, and these easy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps.

Miso glaze in a bowl with a spoon taking some out of it.

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 that 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 ones I’ve had at a restaurant! I am so excited to share this recipe with you because I’m positive it will become an instant favorite.

A miso glaze is made up of miso paste and other ingredients that combine to make a sweet and savory glaze. It is perfect on salmon fillets, and a great dipping sauce for air fryer chicken legs or wings. You can also serve it on top of roasted vegetables for a really nice umami flavor that will seriously knock your socks off. It can be used as a marinade for your next protein or as a topping for your poke bowl. I love how many ways you can use this glaze, and it stays good 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 of my seafood dishes! It’s perfect over rice too, and I even love it with chicken. You just need a few ingredients to make the best miso glaze you’ve ever had. You could also add other ingredients like ginger, mirin, and pepper. The measurements are below in the recipe card.

  • Miso Paste: Miso paste is a fermented soybean paste. It is usually in a tub or jar in the refrigerated section in the grocery store. It is so yummy and the base of this sauce. You could use red miso or white miso paste, they both taste great!
  • Soy Sauce: Soy sauce is a fermented soybean sauce, so it goes perfectly with the miso paste. It’s salty and delicious, and adds lots of flavor to this glaze. I don’t add any additional salt to this recipe because of the soy sauce. if you decide to substitute soy sauce with tamari, which is gluten free, then you might want to add some salt.
  • Brown Sugar: The sauce needs a little sweetness to help balance out all of the salty ingredients. You could use maple syrup instead of brown sugar as a substitute.
  • Rice Vinegar: This is the perfect way to brighten up the glaze. It’s sweet and acidic kind of like apple cider vinegar. In fact, you can actually substitute rice vinegar for apple cider vinegar in a pinch. Rice wine vinegar could also work.
  • Sesame Oil: This has a nutty earthy flavor that is perfect in addition to all of the other ingredients. You don’t have to use very much because it has a really strong flavor.

Miso Glaze Recipe

There is seriously nothing to this easy miso glaze recipe. All you do is put the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. It may take a second to get the sesame oil incorporated. You want to whisk 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: Whisk together until smooth. Use as a marinade or dipping sauce for chicken or fish.
Process photos showing how to mix together the miso glaze.

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 lot of other things. Here are a few tips for using your miso glaze.

  • Use As a Marinade: Miso has a really strong flavor, and it’s perfect for using as a marinade. You can really use it with any protein, it gives so many different kinds of meat the savory taste of your favorite Asian dishes. It has a really deep umami flavor and is perfect for marinading chicken, salmon, cod, and even tofu.
  • Use As a Sauce: You can eat this sauce without cooking it, which makes it perfect for topping salmon fillets, vegetables, or on top of some pork. My favorite veggies to serve this on top of is this veggie stir fry.
  • Use In Recipes: You can use this glaze before and after cooking. For a delicious miso glazed salmon recipe, you can apply some glaze to the salmon before cooking it, and then top it again afterwards. This way it gets a nice caramelized top and then the extra moisture and flavor. You could also top with some sesame seeds for a garnish. You can also cook veggies, pork and other meats this way. It’s great on chicken legs or chicken wings!

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

Storing Leftovers

This miso glaze is great to make ahead and keep in the refrigerator. The flavors get stronger with time and it’s such a nice glaze to have to use throughout the week. Here is how to store leftovers or extras.

  • In the Refrigerator: 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 last even longer than that! Just make sure to check the expiration on all of your ingredients.

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

  • Whisk together until smooth. Use as a marinade or dipping sauce for chicken or fish.

Serves: 4

Serving1tablespoonCalories60kcal (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 value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Sauce

Cuisine Asian American

Keyword miso glaze

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