Easy Miso Butterscotch

Sweet and salty butterscotch gets a hit of umami from miso! This easy miso butterscotch recipe will be your new favorite fusion dessert. 

drizzling miso butterscotch onto a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

So, I love my sweet and salties. (Almost) every sweet thing is better with a little hit of salt. And in the case of salted caramel and butterscotch, I’d say a big hit of salt.

Miso is great in so many dishes, but lately I’ve been obsessed with trying to work miso into desserts. I’ve been experimenting, and having lots of partial successes. They need a little more fine tuning, so, coming soon. But I definitely hit the mark with this one. Miso butterscotch. And it’s SUPER easy to make.

Dipping an apple slice into a bowl of miso butterscotch.

I mean, butterscotch is already great with its sweet and saltiness, but the miso adds this great “umami” to it, and adds a depth and dimension that you didn’t realize was missing!

Now don’t let the whole “miso is for miso soup” thing cloud your judgment here. And go ahead and forget the fact that you’ll be drizzling fermented soybean paste on your ice cream. Ha! It’s really yummy! I promise! Unless you don’t like miso. I can’t promise you’ll like this if you don’t like miso. Sorry.

White miso on a plate about to be added to the butterscotch.

White miso is less intense and better suited for sweet applications. There is red miso, awase miso (red and white combo), and a few other varieties, but you’ll want to go white for this butterscotch. Unless you really like funky and salty, in which case, more power to you, try the red! The brand I use is Hikari white miso (affiliate), and I’m linking you to Amazon, but honestly, I just buy it at my local Asian market because it’s cheaper and I’m there all the time anyways. But hey, I’ll give you the option.

Miso Butterscotch
Miso Butterscotch

My favorite uses for this miso butterscotch are to pour it (I was gonna say drizzle but I really do pour it) over vanilla ice cream, dip apples in it, and well, I also dip the spoon in it and eat it straight. Because sometimes I need a pick me up during the day (or several), and it kind of just hits the spot. Oh, and I’ve eaten it on pancakes too! With whipped cream. Yum!

Bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with miso butterscotch.

So there you go, East meets West fusion, salty meets sweet fusion. Double fusion goodness.

As a word of warning, I’d start by adding 3t of miso and trying it before adding the 4th teaspoon. I like mine with 4, but I like miso and I like salty butterscotch. Better safe than sorry. Add some, try it, add some more.

Miso butterscotch: Sweet and salty butterscotch gets a hit of umami from miso! This miso butterscotch will be your new favorite fusion dessert. 

4 thoughts on “Easy Miso Butterscotch”

  1. I love this recipe and make it regularly.. i created my own version of a local asian-fusion restaurant’s famous dessert by mixing peanut butter Into vanilla ice-cream, adding a teaspoon of the butterscotch miso on top and a sprinkle of chocolate soil to add crunch. I think i’m doomed to get requests for this from all who’ve had it or heard of it! ?

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  2. 5 stars
    I was so pleased to see this. I made red bean paste tonight and am off of sugar so I used maple syrup. It needed something so I added a bit of candied peel I made a few weeks ago and half a vanilla bean. It was almost right but missed that salty note so I added a lump of red miso. Not a whole lot but it felt right. I then go online and there are no recipes I can find that fuse sweet red bean paste and red miso. I feel I have broken some law in Korea or in Japan! I want to use it in a steamed bun but I don’t want the shell to be sweet, do I need to burn money and repent?

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    • Ohh, how did it turn out? Sounds yummy to me! I have seen miso mixed with white bean paste before (shiro-an), but not red bean. I say, good for you! I’m all about trying new things with traditional ingredients!

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