Ninniku Miso: Sweet and Savory Garlic Miso Condiment

The other day, for this blog, I bought a 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

Actually, what I picked up this time is the product pictured above from Momoya called “Ninniku Miso (にんにくみそ)”.

In its name, “Ninniku (にんにく)” means garlic in Japanese, while “Miso (みそ)” is the fermented soybean seasoning you know well.

Although miso itself is usually quite salty, Ninniku Miso is a sweet and savory paste that can stimulate your appetite.


Ninniku Miso Garlic Soybean Paste

As its name literally indicates, the main ingredients in the condiment Ninniku Miso is miso and garlic, which are sweetened with sugar.

In addition to these, this product also contains Korean red chili paste “Gochujang”.


As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Ninniku Miso goes especially well with rice and vegetables.

This is probably because the garlic miso condiment is sweet and savory, while the latter foods are plain or bland.

In fact, a hot bowl of white rice and Ninniku Miso are a combination familiar to us Japanese, and the garlic miso paste pairs well with almost any vegetable dish.

For example, the sweet miso paste can make boiled spinach very easy to eat and delicious.

Not only that, but Ninniku Miso also makes a good combination with cooked carrots and potatoes.


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

Ingredient Quantity
Garlic 1 head
Miso About 220 grams
Sugar 1 to 2 tablespoons
Sake 1 tablespoon
Salad oil A proper amount
  1. First, peel the skin of garlic cloves and cut into tiny pieces
  2. Then, fry the garlic in a pan with some salad oil
  3. Add the sake to the pan. Once the garlic pieces are getting soft, add in the sugar and continue to fry
  4. As a finishing, add in the miso. When the garlic bits have soaked up the flavor of miso, turn off the heat
  5. Ready to eat and Enjoy!


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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