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Make Easy Two-Ingredient Vegan Miso Compound Butter in three delicious ways to add umami to everything from popcorn to pasta.
What is Compound Butter?
Compound butter is a fancy way of describing a flavoured butter. It includes butter that’s been flavored with anything from spices to jam to fresh herbs!
This miso compound butter is a total umami bomb. Miso adds depth and complexity that goes beyond saltiness or sweetness.
How to Make Vegan Miso Compound Butter
You’ll need just two ingredients: miso and vegan butter.
Note: Be sure to use unsalted butter as miso does contain salt!
This recipe is as simple as it gets: simply whip the two ingredients together until uniform! You can use a stand mixer, but if you’re not making a large quantity, it’s easier to whip by hand and less clean up too.
What Kind of Miso is Best?
There are various kinds of miso, the primary types of miso being white, yellow, and red. You can make compound butter with any kind of miso. Each has its own subtle different flavor. For example, white is milder and sweeter. Red miso is bolder and nuttier tasting.
If you’d like a soy-free miso option, you might also consider a chickpea based miso, or even a brown rice based miso.
Adding other Ingredients
you can certainly go beyond miso with this compound butter. Have fun experimenting with extras like finely minced parsley or chives, chili flakes, or minced garlic. Furikake, sesame seeds and even a touch of shoyu can play up more of a Japanese flavour profile as well.
Shaping Compound Butter
There are 3 options when it comes to shaping and storing your miso butter.
- First, the classic way is to roll the butter into a log wrapped in plastic, then chill it in the fridge. Then you can slice off discs of butter to serve.
- You can also store the butter freshly whipped in a container with a lid.
- Or, melt the butter down and pour it into an ice cube tray to make little butter cubes. I recommend using a silicon ice cube tray to create butter cubes that are perfectly square and reminiscent of single serve butter packs!
How to Use Miso Compound Butter
The possibilities are endless when you have a supply of miso-flavored butter in your fridge. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:
- Melt the butter and drizzle it over popcorn or popped sorghum
- Add a pat to fried rice
- Butter your toast for breakfast
- Or sauté veggies, tofu, or really anything!
- Toss cooked pasta
You can really use this anywhere you’d use butter to add extra depth of flavor.
More Miso Recipes
- Avocado Green Goddess Salad with Miso Dressing (vegan, gluten free)
- Baked Miso Polenta (vegan, gluten free)
- Miso Glazed Honeynut Squash (vegan, gluten free)
If you make this Vegan Miso Compound Butter, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!
Vegan Miso Compound Butter (Whipped + Solid)
- 8 tbsp unsalted vegan butter
- 4 tbsp white shiro miso or red miso
- minced garlic
- touch of shoyu to taste
- Whip together softened butter and miso paste until smooth and nicely incorporated. if adding any additional ingredients, add while mixing (e.g. garlic, parsley).
- To store, simply transfer to an airtight container, roll into a log shape using parchment paper and refrigerate, or melt and pour into an ice cube tray to create butter squares.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.