How to make Ninniku Miso (garlic miso paste) for rice and vegetables

The other day I picked up a condiment mainly for rice and vegetables at a drugstore near my house, which is probably unique to Japan.

Ninniku Miso (にんにく味噌)

The product I purchased this time is Ninniku Miso (にんにくみそ), which is a sweet, savory paste though the product name literally means garlic miso.

The ingredients of Ninniku Miso paste

As the name indicates, this Japanese condiment is made mainly from miso soybean paste and garlic.In addition, sweet things, such as sugar, starch syrup, and mirin cooking rice wine, are added to complete the paste.

The other ingredient also includes a Korean red chili paste “Gochujang”.As a result, this condiment gets sweet and savory.

How to use the Japanese garlic miso paste

As I wrote above, this Japanese condiment goes well especially with rice and vegetables.This is probably because these are plain foods.

Steamed plain rice and the garlic miso paste are the most typical combination.We Japanese put the condiment on the rice and enjoy them together.

Speaking of the combination of Ninniku Miso and vegetables, the garlic miso paste matches well with almost any vegetable dish.

For example, the sweet miso paste works well with boiled spinach,

and it also makes a good pair with boiled carrots and potatoes.

Easy Ninniku Miso paste recipe

Finally, for those who are interested in this Japanese condiment, let me introduce a simple but tasty Ninniku Miso paste resipe from this Japanese website.

Simple but tasty Ninniku Miso paste recipe
Ingredient Quantity
Garlic one head
Miso paste ( 200 g
Sugar one or two tablespoons
Sake rice wine ( one tablespoon
Salad oil a proper amount
  1. Cut garlic into fine pieces
  2. Fry the pieces in salad oil
  3. Add Sake rice wine, and when the pieces are getting soft, then add sugar
  4. Finally, add miso paste, and when the paste blends well with other ingredients, then turn off the heat
  5. Enjoy Ninniku Miso paste along with rice and vegetable dishes !


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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