November 11, 2023

Since we've started making miso powder I figured I'd better start coming up with some recipes! This Miso Sesame Dressing is a great start. The flavor leans Asian but is subtle enough that you can use it in many different ways.

What's in this Miso Sesame Dressing recipe

ingredients for miso sesame dressing.

The ingredients for this recipe are fairly simple. The only one that could be hard to find is the miso powder. If you can't find it you can substitute miso paste. The instructions are in notes of the recipe below.

  • dark miso powder - see note on recipe if you'd rather substitute miso paste
  • olive oil
  • sesame oil - I used regular but toasted would give it a stronger sesame flavor
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • agave
  • nutritional yeast
  • ginger powder
  • salt

How do I use this dressing?

I'm new to this dressing too so I'd love to hear how YOU use it. 

stir fry on quinoa in a bowl topped with miso sesame dressing.

It seemed obvious to me to use it on an Asian inspired meal. This is a quick stir-fry with tofu, peppers, mushrooms, and broccoli served on top of quinoa. Then I drizzled the sauce on top and sprinkled with gomashio. 

The next time I used it on top of a bowl of steamed potatoes, kale, and pan-fried Three Sisters tempeh. The umami flavor of this dressing does make it almost work like gravy on top of the potatoes. Give it a shot!

Another option would be to try it on a hearty fall grain salad. The rich umami flavor really lends itself to this season and will stand up to heartier foods.

a mason jar half full of miso sesame dressing.

Miso Sesame Dressing

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This dressing is ready to be drizzled on your favorite stir fry but is equally good as a gravy stand in on potatoes.


  • 3/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dark miso powder
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS sesame oil
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons agave
  • 1 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.


You can substitute 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of miso paste for the powder.

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