Ninniku Miso: The Japanese Garlic Miso Paste Recipe

The other day, I bought a Japanese condiment mainly meant for rice and vegetable dishes at a drugstore near my house.

Ninniku Miso (にんにく味噌)

A Jar of Ninniku Miso

What I picked up this time is this “Ninniku Miso (にんにくみそ)”. In the name, “Ninniku (にんにく)” means garlic in Japanese, while, as you know, “Miso (みそ)” refers to the fermented soybean paste that represents Japan.

Although miso soybean paste itself is usually quite salty, Ninniku Miso is a sweet savory paste that stimulates your appetite.


Ninniku Miso Garlic Soybean Paste

As you can easily guess from the name, the Japanese condiment Ninniku Miso is made mainly from Miso soybean paste and garlic, which is sweetened with sugar. In addition to those, this particular product also contains the Korean red chili paste “Gochujang”.


As mentioned in the first paragraph, the garlic miso paste, Ninniku Miso goes especially well with rice and vegetables. This is probably because while the garlic miso is sweet and savory, they are light, plain foods.

In fact, hot steamed plain rice and Ninniku Miso are the basic combination to us Japanese. We usually put the garlic soybean paste on top of the rice and enjoy together. Besides, the garlic miso paste pairs well with almost any vegetable dish.

For example, the sweet miso paste matches quite well with boiled spinach.

Ninniku Miso works quite well with cooked carrots and potatoes as well.

Basic Recipe

Lastly, for those who are interested in this classic Japanese condiment, let me introduce a simple but tasty Ninniku Miso recipe from this Japanese site.

Ingredient Quantity
Garlic 1 head
Miso soybean paste About 220 g
Sugar 1 to 2 tablespoons
Sake rice wine 1 tablespoon
Salad oil A proper amount
  1. Peel the skin of garlic cloves and cut into tiny pieces
  2. Fry the garlic pieces in a pan with salad oil
  3. Add Sake rice wine to the pan. Once the garlic pieces are getting soft, then add in sugar and continue to fry
  4. As a finishing, add in miso soybean paste. When the garlic pieces have soaked up the flavor of miso, turn off the heat
  5. Enjoy cooked rice and vegetable dishes with the garlic miso paste!


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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