Niku Miso

Niku Miso is grounded meat with miso flavor. This can be used as a sauce for pasta or rice, can be used as a dip or even as a spread. Probably my favorite way to eat this it to eat with steamed rice or wrapped with lettuce. This is tasty even in room temperature so I often pack it with rice as a lunchbox. I am sure you will come up with your own way to use it very easily

1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 lb ground pork (or chicken)
2 garlic, minced
4 tablespoon sake
4 tablespoon miso
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Cooked rice
Lettuce, thinly sliced
Scallions, chopped finely
Nori, cut thinly
Toasted sesame seeds

In a medium skillet heat sesame oil over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant. Add meat, and cook until it cooked through.
Add sake and cover with a lid until eggplant becomes soft.
Add miso and sugar and dissolve miso. Add soy sauce and cook until all the liquid is gone.
Divide rice into individual bowls. Put the meat miso mixture on top with lettuce and other garnish of your choice.


I am originally from Japan and have been living in the US for about 20 years. Over the past 20 years I have traveled to many different parts of the world, seen different cultures, and tasted all kinds of interesting food. In between I studied anthropology, art and interior design. I currently live outside Boston and I teach cooking in continuing education programs and at home. I also take on freelance interior design projects. I hope you enjoy the blog! Yoko

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