Miso Sauce, Dressing and Marinade takes minutes to make and has so many uses. The amazing flavor of miso paste is mixed with lemon, soy sauce, fresh ginger and sweetened with honey. It’s a salad dressing;  it’s a sauce; it’s a marinade. It’s all three! Plus, it makes a delicious creamy dip.

Pouring miso dressing onto a bowl of salad greens and vegetables

This is one of those go-to sauces when you’re craving some fresh, Asian flavors and the uses for this condiment are almost endless. I use it all the time in my salads with lettuce, endive, cucumber and shredded carrot. You can also mix it with noodles and add veggies for an easy vegetarian dinner.

A glass container of miso dressing sauce and marinade

To use as a marinade, it is perfect for fish or chicken. I pour over my raw salmon and let it marinade all day in the fridge before baking in the oven. Shrimp will also work well and I have a similar recipe called Grilled Miso Shrimp.

Dipping red Belgian endive into miso dip
What is miso?

Miso is a soybean fermented paste that comes in red, brown, yellow or white. The color depends on its length of fermentation and this determines the flavor. It can add a delicious, salty flavor to so many dishes, so remember to use sparingly.

You can use any of the miso pastes available in grocery stores. Just be mindful that the darker the color, the saltier it is.

A grey bowl of miso dressing sauce and marinade topped with micro greens and sesame seeds

Gluten free miso dressing: If you want to make this gluten-free (most miso pastes are, just check the label) use tamari instead of soy sauce.

In-keeping with the Asian food theme. I have a Trio of Asian Dipping Sauces that are no-cook Asian dipping sauces for spring and egg rolls that take minutes to make. Picture below.

3 white teardrop bowls of Asian dipping sauces

If you’ve made this Miso Dressing, Sauce and Marinade please leave a comment below. I love to hear from my readers.

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Miso Dressing Sauce and Marinade

Miso dressing in a bowl garnished with black and white sesame seeds

Miso paste is mixed with lemon, soy sauce, fresh ginger and sweetened with honey.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (200 grams) white miso
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce (substitute tamari for gluten-free)
  • 2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) peanut oil
  • Salt to taste (if needed)


  1. To a bowl, add the miso, lemon juice, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, honey, sesame oil and water. Whisk vigorously to combine. While whisking, drizzle in the peanut oil until smooth and well incorporated. Add salt to taste if needed (the miso is salty). You can always whisk in more water (a little at a time) to make it your desired consistency.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 75Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 314mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 1g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.