Miso Spice

Miso Spice

1/2 cup miso

1. Heat the oven to 175. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Smear the miso in an even layer, as thinly as possible, over the parchment. It’s O.K. if it’s ragged around the edges or even a little thick in places.

2. Bake, undisturbed, until large pieces of miso peel easily from the paper, about 3 hours. Turn the pieces and bake on the other side, until the miso crumbles easily, another 3 to 4 hours.

3. Let the miso cool, then crumble it with your fingers or grind finely in a spice mill or designated coffee grinder.(It keeps in the fridge in a sealed jar for months.)

Yield: About 1/4 cup.

Possible additions: Cayenne or other ground chilies; ground kombu or crumbled nori; sesame seeds.

Possible uses: Season a whole fish, croutons or bread crumbs; sprinkle the top of bread before baking; warm it in sesame or peanut oil for a bagna-cauda-style dip..

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