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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Looking for other sandwich recipes, try these:

Roasted Turmeric Chicken Pitas with Garlic Lemon Tahini

Spinach and Artichoke Pita Grilled Cheese

Broccoli Cheese Quesadilla with Chipotle Sauce

Crispy Cheese Poblano Avocado Burrito

Lastly, if you make this Miso Butter Grilled Cheese be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Garlic Miso Butter Grilled Cheese

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 3 sandwiches
Calories Per Serving: 680 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 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.
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  1. 5 stars
    This is my absolute favorite sandwich in the world! As they said it’s better than you know what! I have to agree. I was in total heaven! This is a must recipe that I’m gonna forever keep & can’t wait to make for my foodie church ladies Bible study. Thank you soooooo much for this recipe! Truly blessed!

    1. Hi Becki,
      Happy Monday! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe out, I am so excited to hear that it was a hit! xx

  2. I knew I was going to make the HBH Golden Sweet Potato Soup with Sage Pesto, and I wanted some kind of grilled cheese to go with it (I skipped the burrata in the soup). I could not imagine a better combination than this grilled cheese. The Miso Butter and savory-ness of the herbs and garlic was a stunning contrast to the sweet and earthy soup.

    1. Hey Emily,
      Happy Sunday!! I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xT

  3. Hi Tieghan, I am wondering what you would recommend serving alongside this (amazing-looking) dish. Any recommendations?

    1. Hey Amanda,
      I would probably do a super simple salad! Let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious, so much more than the sum of its parts! I used cheddar instead of monteray jack and gouda. The honey is a must, it really complements the richness of the butter and cheese. Best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had 🙂

    1. Hi Lorna,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was a hit, thanks a bunch for trying it out! ☀️xxT

      1. 5 stars
        Wonderful recipe! I opted out of the honey and added onion, tomato, spinach and avocado’s. I’ve tried other recipes without the added and it was still good but I needed to use these items and am so glad I made it this way.

        1. Hi Robert,
          Perfect!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for trying it out! Have a great holiday weekend!?? xxT

  5. 5 stars
    Omgggggg I could eat six of these every day and it would be worth any negative health side effects. Used pepper Jack instead of Monterey Jack since that’s what I had on hand and it was fabulous. So easy, so delicious. 12/10

    1. Hey Emily,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback!! Love to hear that it was a winner:) xxT

    1. Hey Megan,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a go and sharing your feedback!! I love to hear that it was a winner:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

        1. Hey Oya,
          Thanks for your feedback! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for trying it out! xTieghan

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have the best weekend!☀️ xx

  6. 5 stars
    SO GOOD!! Just made this grilled cheese for my husband and I for lunch and it was amazing. I drizzled the grilled cheese with Mike’s hot honey. yum!

    1. Hey there,
      Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it!! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  7. Just made this for an easy weeknight dinner and we LOVED it. The hot honey really makes the flavors so dynamic. Roasted some veggies on the side to accompany it, and everyone was very happy 🙂

    1. Hey Nicole,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was a hit, thanks so much for trying it out!! xx

  8. 5 stars
    Last night was the second time I made these grilled cheese sandwiches and we just love them. So tasty and just a little different from regular grilled cheese. I often make panini sandwiches but my son declared that the miso grilled cheese are so much better and that he’d rather have that from now on. Easy to make also so it’s a win win.

    1. Hey Annika,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! ?xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    I love this grilled cheese sandwich! I can’t wait for my children to come home so I can make it for them :). You are right, the honey is a perfect finishing touch! Thank you so much for your recipes!!!

    1. Hey Susan,
      Happy Wednesday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go! xx

  10. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I did not have the Gouda or miso – so subbed mozzarella and cheddar, and used Umami seasoning from Trader Joe’s.

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! A great blend of flavors when I’m looking to kick up my regular grilled cheese.

    1. Hey Rachel,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

  12. 3 stars
    We liked this okay, but didn’t love it. It was kind of a fun change, but both of us prefer a regular grilled cheese. It was a bit too salty, especially without the honey. I guess I don’t really think that the flavors went together that well – just way too much going on. We thought it was fine, but I won’t make it again.