This Miso Butter Grilled Cheese sandwich is SIMPLE but DELICIOUS! Just butter, miso paste, garlic, and herbs sandwiched together with gouda cheese. Then pan-fried until the cheese is melty and the bread is crisp. It’s salty, herby, and heavy on the cheese…the most perfect twist on the classic grilled cheese. Drizzle each grilled cheese with spicy honey and sea salt. It takes this grilled cheese from really good to addictingly delicious.
Sometimes all I need is one thing to help inspire a recipe or an idea. Recently, I’ve really been into cooking with miso and adding it to dishes you might not expect. I’ve made miso ramen…two actually, but I wanted to experiment a little with the flavor.
This sandwich is savory, salty, and has an incredible umami flavor, which is the traditional base in most Japanese cooking. Adding cheese isn’t something that’s often done, but something about the pairing of salty miso and creamy cheese sounded like it could really work and be delicious.
This recipe is very basic but I don’t let that fool you. The flavor is delicious, all thanks to the miso, garlic, and herbs.
First up, find yourself some really nice sourdough bread. I like to grab mine fresh from Whole Foods.
For the miso, I love to use white miso paste. But if I’m being honest I have not experimented much with red miso. However, you can use them interchangeably, just keep in mind that red miso has a deeper, bolder flavor. So you might want to use a little less if you go for the red.
Mix the miso with butter, garlic, and herbs. I use basil and or cilantro, but whatever herbs you have on hand are great!
Spread the miso butter on the inside of both pieces of bread. You’ll want to use the inside of the bread to get the most health benefits from the miso. And of course, for added flavor.
Now the cheese. Creamy, sweet, and melty gouda cheese is key. Yes, any cheese will be really great, but I felt like the gouda made things extra special.
I also used some Monterey jack. I think it really helps to elevate this grilled cheese to great. It’s very mild, but melts so well.
Pan fry the sandwich with olive oil or even just another pat of butter. Five minutes later you’ll have the best grilled cheese. The cheese on the inside melts into that gooey goodness we all love so much. While the outside of the bread becomes crisp.
The spicy honey
Lastly, I always finish this grilled cheese with a drizzle of spicy honey (just chili flakes and honey) and a pinch of flaky sea salt. The sweetness with the cheese and salty miso is the most wonderful combination.
The honey and sea salt is a MUST (it’s honestly beyond words how good it is).
And that’s it! SIMPLE but crave-worthy and just so delicious. Excited to make this for Kai, Red, and Hailey when they return home from China. It’s one of those recipes they will love.
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Garlic Miso Butter Grilled Cheese
Servings: 3 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 680 kcal
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- 1. In a bowl, combine the butter, miso, garlic, herbs, jalapeño, and black pepper 2. Spread the inside of each piece of bread with miso butter. Sandwich evenly with cheese. Then add the top piece of bread. 3. Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil or butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the sandwiches in the skillet and cook until golden on each side, about 3-5 minutes per side. Drizzle with honey.