Miso SoupNiku Miso) 肉味噌

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All-Purpose Miso Meat Sauce (Niku Miso)

This easy Miso Meat Sauce (Niku Miso) is a great side dish to go with steamed rice, noodles, or lettuce wrap! As a bonus, it’s meal prep friendly! Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins Course: Side DishCuisine: JapaneseKeyword: miso, pork Servings: 4 (as a side dish) Calories: 368kcal Author: Namiko Chen


  • 340 g ground pork
  • 1 knob ginger
  • ½ negi (long green onion) (you can use 2 green onions/scallions)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil (roasted)
  • 4 Tbsp miso
  • 2 Tbsp sugar


  • 45 ml mirin
  • 45 ml sake
  • 15 ml soy sauce
  • 30 ml water
  • 2 tsp potato starch/cornstarch


  • Gather all the ingredients.Niku Miso Ingredients
  • Grate ginger and chop half of the Negi into small rounds.Niku Miso 1
  • To make seasonings, combine 3 Tbsp mirin, 3 Tbsp sake, and 1 Tbsp soy sauce.Niku Miso 2
  • Add 2 Tbsp water and 2 tsp potato starch/cornstarch. Mix all together until everything is combined well.Niku Miso 3
  • Heat a saucepan or frying pan over medium heat. When it’s hot, add 1 Tbsp sesame oil and chopped negi. Coat the negi with oil until fragrant.Niku Miso 4
  • Add the ground meat and break up the meat.Niku Miso 5
  • Add the grated ginger and cook the meat until no longer pink.Niku Miso 6
  • Add the miso and sugar and combine well.Niku Miso 7
  • Add the seasonings and cook on medium-low heat.Niku Miso 8
  • When the cooking liquid is reduced to your liking, turn off the heat. You can leave more sauce or less sauce depending on how you want to use the meat sauce. Transfer to a bowl or container. Serve hot along with steamed rice, lettuce cups, etc (See the post for some ideas).Niku Miso 9

To Store

  • You can keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. Reheat only the portion you will serve. You can also freeze it up to 3-4 weeks.


Calories: 368 kcal · Carbohydrates: 15 g · Protein: 17 g · Fat: 23 g · Saturated Fat: 7 g · Cholesterol: 61 mg · Sodium: 924 mg · Potassium: 339 mg · Fiber: 1 g · Sugar: 11 g · Vitamin A: 81 IU · Vitamin C: 2 mg · Calcium: 29 mg · Iron: 1 mg

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