Creamy Miso Dip

Creamy Miso Dip for Veggies | Set the Table

I’ve been working like a crazy person lately. Cooking, doing dishes, taking photographs, editing recipes…and yet I make it to 2pm without having eaten a single bite of food. It goes something like this: work, work, work, work, forget to eat, work, work, CRASH.

Yes, that’s about right.

Creamy Miso Dip | Set the Table

Creamy Miso Veggie Dip | Set the Table

In order to avoid this afternoon down-slide, I’ve been trying to put out healthy things to munch on. This creamy miso dip has been perfection. Shiro (white) miso, the mildest miso paste, is mixed with Kewpie mayonnaise. If you’ve never tried Kewpie mayonnaise you should probably get on that. Now. Go ahead and run to the nearest Asian grocery store. I’ll wait.

Ready to continue? Good.

Kewpie mayonnaise is popular in Japan. The flavor is different from the mayonnaise we buy here thanks to ingredients famous for adding umami to dishes. In Japan it is used on anything from yakisoba to pizza. Here, I’ve used it in a more familiar way that I learned from a Japanese friend. She made this dip for my baby shower and I absolutely fell in love with it.

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You don’t have to make much of this dip because it is so full of wonderful flavor. The only tip my friend gave me when I asked her for the recipe was that you have to experiment with the amount of Kewpie and miso to determine the balance of flavors you prefer. I like to add a touch of light soy sauce to my dip as well, but you can add anything from chopped scallions to sesame oil or toasted sesame seeds. It’s a great blank canvas.

Creamy Miso Dip

Creamy Miso Dip


  • 2 tablespoons shiro miso
  • 1/3 cup Kewpie mayo
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir vigorously until smooth. Serve with fresh vegetables like carrots, sugar snap peas, celery and radishes.


If you don't have access to Kewpie mayonnaise, take 1/3 cup regular mayonnaise and add 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce, and a pinch of garlic powder. Stir to combine and use as directed in the recipe creamy miso dip.

24. February 2014 by Rachael White
Categories: Cocktails & Appetizers, Vegetarian | 9 comments

  • theviewfromGreatIsland

    Brilliant! I have a big tub of miso in my fridge — no matter how hard I try, I can never get through the whole thing, this is a great idea!

    • Rachael White

      So glad I could help give you another idea to use up that miso!

  • ATasteOfMadness

    Wow! This looks delicious! And so easy! I love this

    • Rachael White

      Thanks! It’s a favorite :)

  • J. Fishler

    This! Yes!

  • Todd @ HonestlyYUM

    I don’ think I’ve had a miso dip before, or any of these ingredients for that matter. One of the MANY reasons I love this site. Thanks Rachael!

    • Rachael White

      I hope you venture out to get the ingredients for this dip! It’s pretty great to have both miso and Kewpie mayo on hand.

  • Laura

    Really interesting idea Rachael, I never would have thought to create a dip out of miso! Sounds lovely though. Yum… thanks for the inspiration! And I hope that things become a bit less crazy for you soon x

    • Rachael White

      Laura, this is why I love miso- it’s so delicious in even the most basic recipes. Thanks for stopping by!