Yakimiso (Toasted Miso)

This mixture of buckwheat groats, miso, walnuts and chives is traditionally toasted on a wooden rice paddle and nibbled with chopsticks while sipping sake and waiting for the noodles to cook at soba restaurants. (Here, we broil it on a foil-lined pan for ease.) Serve with crackers or crudités, if desired. For a more Western-style dip, skip the broiling step and stir the mixture into 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt.

Yakimiso (Toasted Miso)
Photo: Rick Poon
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 2 tablespoons buckwheat groats, toasted

  • 2 tablespoons white miso, preferably Saikyo (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon grated yuzu, lemon or lime zest


  1. Preheat broiler to high. Line a baking sheet with foil.

  2. Combine buckwheat, miso, walnuts, chives, mirin, sugar and zest in a small bowl. Spread in a thin layer on the foil. Broil on the center rack until the surface is lightly toasted, about 2 minutes.


Saikyo miso is a mild, white variety that is made in Kyoto; it can be purchased at Japanese markets or online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

50 Calories
2g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 2 tsp.
Calories 50
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Potassium 23mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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