Miso Mashed Potatoes • Steamy Kitchen Recipes Giveaways (2024)

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You know the beginning stages of falling in love? Thatexhilarating, “I’ll stop the world and melt with you….” feeling (that’s for my Modern English fans).

Well, back on 8/8/08, my birthday a few years ago, I fell in love all over again with my husband. The morning of my birthday, he told me, “pack your bags, we’re going on a surprise trip!”

I’m like, “YAY! How fun!” But of course super-neurotic control-freak me went a little crazy.

Where are we going?Who’s going to take care of the kids? What do I pack? Who’s going to water my garden? Get the mail? Take the kids to school? Who will feeeeeeeeed my babies? Tellmetellmetellmeeeeeeee!!!!

Scott had it all taken care of. Like clockwork, the nanny rang our doorbell, the kids were hugging me goodbye, boarding passes were printed out (but not shown to me) and the car was packed.

I just had to force myself….pry myself away….and just go with the flow. Well, it turned out that we were headed to Las Vegas with reservations at a restaurant that I’ve been dying to try, Japonais at the Mirage. One of the side dishes was a mashed potatoes – savory, nutty, creamy and buttery. The funny thing was that you couldn’t really tell straight away what flavored the mashed potatoes and I had to ask the server for the secret ingredient, which he happily gave.

Miso paste.

Absolutely divine. Umami to the max. And still to this day, it’s one of my favorite ways to have potatoes.

As I’m writing this post, I’m gettin’ those same goosebumpy feelings – for my husband (not the potaotes). Scott rocks my world.

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Miso Mashed Potatoes

Crazy easy to make. Basically, make mashed potatoes the same way you’ve always been making them, but stir in miso paste.

I’ve made this recipe for my client, Miso & Easy, who makes a super-convenient prepared miso that comes in a squeeze bottle. The same company is also the maker of best-selling miso paste called Marukome. You can use either product in this recipe.


Okay, time to have a little fun here. Use any type of potatoes – white, russet or reds work best. Any type of fresh herbs- chives, tarragon, parsley or green onion. Cream or milk.

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The first step is to boil the potatoes and them mash them.

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Add in the butter and miso.

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Pour in the milk.

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Throw in some fresh chives.

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No gravy, salt or pepper needed. The miso paste provides all the flavor.

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By the way, I’m serving the Miso Mashed Potatoes with Ham with Grilled Peaches Recipe.

Miso Mashed Potatoes Recipe

You can use either Miso & Easy (ready made miso in convenient bottle) or regular miso paste that you can find at grocery stores (usually in refrigerated section near tofu) or health food stores (like Whole Foods).

Print Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Servings 6


  • 2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Miso & Easy (or 1 tablespoon regular miso paste)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives, parsley or green onion


  • In a large pot, add the potatoes and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to medium and let cook for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.

  • Drain the water, leaving the potatoes in the pot. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix well. Taste and season with additional miso (needs more flavor) or milk (too thick) if needed.

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  1. cedillotte on 5/26/18 at 5:21 pm

    Je veux apprécier


  2. JMisoda on 3/11/18 at 9:41 pm

    It is cool to find Miso mashed potato recipe here! I found a Japense style mashed poteto in Japanese online recipe site and tried it. It was delicious.

    The recipe used soy milk instead of regular milk. And for miso, they use miso paste from Miyasaka. They don’t have tubed miso paste like the one you use but the miso paste tastes great! http://miyasaka-usa.com their website doen’t show the pastes but they do have one 🙂


    • Jaden on 3/12/18 at 10:52 am

      Hi there! I will have to look out for Miyasaka miso paste 🙂


      • JMisoda on 4/16/18 at 7:55 pm

        You should definitely try it.


  3. Megan on 9/18/17 at 11:48 pm

    So yummy. I’ve used a few recipes off your site before-vegetarian ones, I stopped cooking with meat and seafood 2 years ago. Recently i saw your cookbook in a store. I didn’t have the money to buy it (even discounted), yet I was so tempted, because you make things look easy. The miso mashed potatoes stuck in my head and tonight I made them. FAntastic.


    • Jaden on 9/19/17 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks so much Megan!


  4. Mimi on 2/8/14 at 4:02 am

    This was a simple but tasty way to finish off the potatoes and miso paste in the fridge. I tried out my food processor for the first time with this (stupid, I know).


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  6. Wiley Hall on 1/26/13 at 12:53 pm

    OK, going to buy miso paste. Gotta try these, thanks.


  7. Jill on 4/19/12 at 12:43 pm

    Jaden, these potatoes are a wonderful idea; how inspirational you are! I can’t wait to try these. And the song that came to my mind when I read your post about your most amazing husband was Bonnie Raitt’s “Don’t Advertise Your Man”…ha!!!


  8. Fahm on 4/18/12 at 7:12 pm

    What a creative way to make mashed potatoes! This can be dinner in itself, looks amazing.


  9. Sherley Rigaud on 4/18/12 at 1:56 pm

    My goodness, the Miso Mashed Potatoes was just ddddddelicious.


  10. sally cameron on 4/16/12 at 4:23 pm

    Jaden these sound fantastic! I love umami flavors and love mashed potatoes. I was just looking at my favorite miso (South River Miso, available online, made in MA) today thinking about new ways of using it and I found your post. Thanks! Will definitely try this right away.


  11. kentucky Lady 717 on 4/12/12 at 1:31 pm

    So is there someplace else to buy Miso ? As I have been unable to find it here in my small town…..I live in the boonies 🙂 a good hr. drive to Cincinnati to the larger stores….and with the price of gas $4.00 almost……don’t go there very often…as I drive a gas hog……


  12. Rod in Florida on 4/12/12 at 12:39 pm

    Jaden, I went to Amazon to see if I could purchase Miso & Easy. They said it was unavailable. All retail outlets are located on the west coast.


  13. Michelle/Mickle in NZ on 4/12/12 at 11:56 am

    And next up I will learn to proof read my spelling. I guess I’m lucky that Zebby Cat seems to love me anyway!


  14. Michelle/Mickle in NZ on 4/12/12 at 11:52 am

    A large jar of white Miso is a “constant” in my fridge. Oh my – I’m loving the thought of adding some to nnaturally floury potoates – carefully cooked and mashed (or put through a potato ricer0 then enhanced with Miso paste …… full on yet gentle flavour and an amazing treat for my taste buds. Thank you for this food inspiration.

    Added bonus – I wont have to share this with my meat loving Zebby Cat


  15. Mimi on 4/11/12 at 4:27 pm

    Miso is a paste of fermented soybeans, rice, and/or barley. It’s very typically used in Japanese cooking. There are three types of miso; red miso, white miso, and “mixed” miso. Personally, I find white miso to be the best for most cooking applications that would appeal to Western palates.

    There IS no substitute for miso! It’s too wonderful to be substituted. If you can’t get your hands on the straight stuff that comes in plastic containers, the Miso & Easy is a great stand-by and stays good for a whole lot longer (though, miso is technically already fermented so it lasts quite a while). You can get it off of Amazon in 6 packs, which are totally worth it, believe me (starving college student here; I whip up mugs of miso soup with a tea kettle whenever I need a quick snack). Besides miso soup, there are the recipes here, use as a marinade (grilled miso-marinated fish is heavenly), added flavoring to many dishes…


  16. Carol on 4/10/12 at 5:02 pm

    That sounds soooo yummy! For some reason, at first I imagined wasabi (I like adding that to potatoes too)…until I saw the pics, then realized what you were talking about. Must try the miso paste.

    Must be a Chinese thing…when I saw your birthday was 08/08/08, I thought…lucky girl!

    Thanks for sharing!


  17. Kathleen Richardson on 4/7/12 at 8:58 pm

    It’s been too long since I’ve had miso–soup, that is. That’s the only way I’ve ever used it. Can’t wait to try this, then maybe prepare for a meal with extended family. I’ve just signed up to read your blog/website. Sounds so interesting and anyone who develops recipes is a star to me!


  18. Karriann on 4/7/12 at 12:34 pm

    Very interesting combination 🙂

    “Spice it Up”


  19. Diane and Todd on 4/6/12 at 11:25 am

    love this recipe, it’s such great comfort food! and love you both, can’t wait to see you again.


  20. Diana @ Appetite for China on 4/6/12 at 10:02 am

    Umami-laden mashed potatoes? This looks amazing. I want some right now, and it’s only 10am.


  21. Rod in Florida on 4/5/12 at 7:43 pm

    Miso paste can be found in any asian grocery, I found it in Fresh Market in the Dairy Section.


  22. kentucky Lady 717 on 4/5/12 at 7:08 pm

    Can someone please tell me what MISO is ???? What can you use in the place of it, if you don’t have it ?????


  23. Rod in Florida on 4/5/12 at 6:33 pm

    Wish I had the portions on the ingredients.


  24. Winter on 4/5/12 at 3:51 pm

    Jaden! These look divine. By the way, my husband proposed to me on 08/08/08, which my Chinese family approved of! No wonder you’re so lucky!



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