Yuzu Miso: Flavorful Sweet Citrus-Flavored Soybean Paste
Japanese home cooks sometimes use a small citrus fruit similar to grapefruit called “Yuzu (柚子)” in cooking. For example, there are several popular seasonings made with Yuzu in Japan, and among those, Yuzu Miso is highly recommended to those who like a very Japanese taste.
As you know, Miso is a fermented soybean paste that represents Japan, but have you ever heard of the Yuzu Miso paste? Since Yuzu Miso is sometimes used in households in Japan, for those who know little about the citrus-flavored soybean paste, today I will talk about it.
Yuzu Miso (柚子味噌)
Yuzu Miso is a sweet citrus-flavored seasoning whose base is Miso soybean paste. Known as a multipurpose seasoning, it is made by simmering a mixture of Miso, sugar, Mirin, and Sake over low heat, and then ground Yuzu citrus peel is added.
The Yuzu citrus has plenty of vitamin C, while the fermented soybean paste Miso is also packed with nutrients such as vitamins and essential amino acids. Hence, Yuzu Miso is a very nutritious healthy food and is said to be effective in preventing colds and relieving fatigue.
Yuzu Miso is a versatile seasoning, so the citrus soybean paste can be used in various ways, and below are some examples. The addition of a little amount of Yuzu Miso paste makes foods flavorful and aromatic.
Yuzu Miso Rice
Yuzu Miso is a flavorful aromatic seasoning that works well with plain food. Especially, we Japanese like to eat steamed plain rice with Yuzu Miso paste on top of it. If you additionally pour Japanese green tea into the bowl, you can effortlessly enjoy Yuzu Miso Chazuke.
In Japan, Yuzu Miso is most commonly used as a sauce for simmered daikon radish. The dish is called “Furofuki Daikon (ふろふき大根)”, which is made by simmering peeled, thickly sliced daikon radish in a pan of soup stock made with Katsuobushi dried bonito flakes until cooked through. The cooked radish is served on a plate, and prior to eating, you put Yuzu Miso paste on the radish for yourself.
Grilled Fish (Meat) with Yuzu Miso
Image: Rakuten Recipe
Yuzu Miso goes well with meat and fish and makes them aromatic and flavorful. After sprinkling a dash of salt and pepper over raw fresh fish or meat, grill it. Then, spread Yuzu Miso paste on its surface and grill it again until the surface gets slightly burned.
Yuzu Miso Dressing (Sauce)
With Yuzu Miso, you can easily make a fragrant flavorful dressing or sauce that stimulates the appetite. As an example, simply put 2 tablespoons of Yuzu Miso paste, 1 tablespoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon vinegar together in a bowl and mix well. The sauce is a good match for fresh vegetable salads and the like.