Thick and creamy miso paste is loaded with salty, umami flavor. It is easy to use to create a quick sauce. Miso sauce can quickly infuse flavor into ingredients like tofu and tempeh. I call the technique in this recipe “dipping” because instead of soaking the ingredients in a marinade for a long time – you simply dip them into the sauce, coating the main ingredient, and the flavors infuse as you cook. You can bake or saute these logs and you can even use this miso sauce recipe as a creamy salad dressing!..
Easy White Miso Sauce (or dressing)
3 Tbsp white miso paste (fridge section – tub)
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp agave or maple syrup (I like to use 1 Tbsp of each)
a few dashes black pepper
1-2 Tbsp safflower oil (or another fave healthy oil. Sub with water for ‘light’ version)
(optional) 1 tsp tahini (adds a nutty flavor and added richness)
Directions: Briskly stir until smooth. This dressing will be used for the salad and for the tempeh. Note that miso paste is quite salty and you should taste before adding any salt to the dressing.
Miso-Dipped Tempeh or Tofu Logs
1 package tempeh, sliced into 8 logs – or firm tofu sliced into logs (pressed dry)
tiny drizzle of oil for saute pan
chipotle powder (or another favorite accent spice)
Miso Dressing (recipe above)
(optional: try a few drops vegan liquid smoke too!)
1. For saute: Heat the oil in your saute pan.
2. Dip about half the tempeh log into miso dressing – it should coat it nicely. (If your dressing is too thin, try adding in another spoonful of miso paste)
3. Lay dipped tampeh logs on hot pan, then sprinkle each log with a few dashes of chipotle powder and black pepper. Allow logs to cook for about a minute on each side, or until all sides are caramelized and browned. Do not overly-blacken tempeh as this will burn the delicate flavors.
4. Remove from pan, transfer to plate and set aside to cool for use in wraps or salads.
Note: If you would rather bake your logs, you will just need to arrange on a greased baking sheet and bake dipped logs at 375 degrees until the brown and crisp around the edges, usually about 15-20 minutes.
Make it a meal: Try these logs in a Miso Kale Avocado Tempeh Wrap! Recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
Read more from Kathy on her blog, Healthy. Happy. Life.
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