Miso Ramen with Miso Glazed Delicate Squash
Miso ramen for the win! This easy miso ramen recipe features miso glazed delicata squash, shiitake mushrooms and bok choy making for an amazing vegan dinner idea. This vegan ramen recipe features a savory miso broth and ramen rice noodles for a gluten-free meal.
If You Haven’t Tried Miso Ramen, It’s Time!
It’s true. I’ve been on a bit of a ramen kick lately. What can I say? It’s mid-October and we’ve already had a collective 7 days of significant snowfall here in the Rocky Mountains. No one can blame me if I want to eat nothing by soup.
Several weeks ago, I posted a Thai Red Curry Ramen Bowl, which had a creamy coconut broth to offset its spiciness. And while that ramen bowl remains one of my favorites, I decided to change up the broth to make a quick(er) and easi(er) vegan soup recipe. This ramen noodle broth is simply made using garlic, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, water, tamari and miso paste.
Cooking Lesson: Learn About Miso
In case you missed it, I wrote about everything miso in my recipe post: Easy Vegan Miso Soup. In addition to providing tasty vegan recipes, I also like to sprinkle in a little food education. So, here’s a quick review on miso.
Miso is a fermented soybean paste and, quite possibly, the most effective means of getting the umami flavor in vegan cooking. There are several varieties of miso paste, ranging in color and depth of flavor. The most-mild miso is white (or light) miso, followed by yellow miso and then red miso. If you’ve got an aversion to soy, don’t worry. You can also find specialty miso pastes, like chickpea miso, brown rice miso and millet miso.
I use miso in many of my recipes, including things like vegan cheese and salad dressings. It’s the star ingredient not only in the broth for this dish, but also in the glaze that I used for the delicate squash. Miso is salty in flavor, but also has a richness to it that lends significant depth of flavor to any dish. It’s also been identified as a healthy ingredient, full of probiotics that (if cooked with properly) help to maintain a healthy gut. In my Easy Vegan Miso post, I share several sources regarding the health properties of miso. I encourage you to check them out!
Making the Miso Ramen Broth
The broth for this miso ramen is pretty easy. When I cook with shiitake mushrooms, I like to give them a nice sear. I just like the way they taste with a little bit of a crispier texture. To do this, I start by cooking my shiitakes in my stockpot with a little sesame oil. Once they are lightly browned, I add my garlic and ginger and allow that to cook until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes). Then I throw in the whites of my scallions, 6 cups of water and a ¼ cup of tamari. I allow this to simmer while I prepare my miso glaze, ramen noodles and delicata squash.
How to Make Miso-Glazed Delicata Squash
For this vegan recipe, I wanted to make a miso ramen that used fall ingredients. Originally, I thought I would just add roasted delicate squash to my bowl but then I got inspired and decided to try roasting the squash with a miso glaze for some extra flavor. I loved how it came out. It was such a complementary flavor to the miso ramen broth and bonus! The extra miso-glazed squash is excellent for snacking on!
Making the Miso Glaze
If you’ve come across miso glaze in the past, it’s likely been used on fish. Miso black cod was one of my go to dishes before I started cutting animal products out of my diet. I use miso glaze on tofu with some frequency and I didn’t see any reason that it wouldn’t work on squash. And, let me tell you, the results were fantastic!
The miso glaze recipe I use is a modification from the New York Times recipe for miso-glazed fish. Unlike the recipe, I’m not marinating my squash in the miso glaze, so I opted to make it a bit thicker. I did this by skipping the sake, which isn’t an ingredient I regularly have on hand anyway. It worked out fine. I also swapped out the refined sugar in the recipe for maple syrup in a one-to-one ratio. To avoid having any lumps in my miso glaze, I combined all of the ingredients in my mini food processor (a very handy kitchen tool, I might add) and pulsed it until all the ingredients were combined in a thick sauce.
Autumn’s Signature Squash: Delicata Squash
Cooking with fall’s bounty of squashes isn’t an opportunity to be missed. One of my favorites is delicata squash. Why? Because you don’t have to peel it. The skin of delicata squash is so tender, the squash can be cut and roasted without having to remove the skin.
Putting the Miso-Glazed Delicata Squash Together
I started by washing my squash really well. You need to do this since you’ll be eating the skin. I also did a little research on winter squash and learned that non-organic versions are often grown using pesticides. Given that you’re eating the skin of this particular winter squash, it just makes sense to buy organic.
After washing my delicata squash, I trimmed the ends of the squash, giving myself a flat surface to use when slicing the squash in half lengthwise. From there, I scooped out the seeds. You can, if you’d like, keep the seeds and roast them. They’re also an edible treat!
I opted to slice the squash halves into narrow (about ¼” pieces). The smaller pieces make for a faster roasting time and nice, bite-sized pieces in my miso ramen. Because the sugars in my miso glaze will burn before the squash is done roasting, I pre-roasted my squash pieces at 425 degrees, seasoned with a little bit of a neutral oil (I chose grapeseed) and salt and pepper. Roasting time was about 15 minutes, flipping the squash halfway through. Once the squash was a nice gold brown, I removed the squash from the oven and tossed it in my miso glaze. I then returned it to my baking sheet (remember to line your baking sheet with parchment paper) and put it under the broiler for about 2 minutes or until the sugars in the miso glaze had caramelized, giving the squash the perfect sweet and salty crust.
Building Your Miso Ramen Bowls
By the time your delicata squash is ready, your ramen broth should be done. The only thing left to do is to make the ramen noodles and add in any additional vegetables.
Lately, I’ve been cooking with ramen rice noodles. Using rice noodles and tamari in this vegan recipe also makes this dish gluten free. Whatever type of ramen noodles you choose, you’ll need about four bricks to feed four people. I like to cook my ramen noodles separately from the broth, allowing me to control how soft the noodles are when serving. To make my bowls, I add the pre-cooked ramen noodles to the bottom of the bowl (cooked slightly al dente) and add the hot broth just before serving.
For this recipe, I also added bok choy. Bok choy has a bold mustardy flavor, which I love. Not everyone does though, so if you’re not into it, spinach is a nice alternative. Similar to my ramen noodles, I add my greens just before serving so they’re only wilted slightly and maintain a bright green color. Topping this ramen noodle bowl is pretty simple. I added the greens from my sliced scallions and just a dash of sriracha for a little bit of spice.
What’s in My Kitchen to Make This Vegan Recipe Easier
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I often get asked what gadgets and tools I have in my kitchen that help me pull all of my recipes together. I included a list below along with a description about why I like them so much. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to reach out to me in the comments!
Microplane. A microplane is a great tool for getting very small pieces of garlic and ginger. For this recipe, I wanted the flavor, but not any detectable pieces. A microplane is just the way to do that!
Mini Food Processor. There are a few tools in my kitchen that get used all the time and this mini 4-cup food processor is one of them. It’s perfect for sauces that don’t require me to bring out the big guns. Clean up is easy and it doesn’t take up much space.
Noodle Bowls. Noodle bowls are a favorite of mine and I love serving them when I have guests. I recommend picking up a set so that you have plenty of room for all of that delicious broth! I’m currently digging this decorative set!
Ramen Soup Spoons. Like the noodle bowls, eating miso ramen is more fun with the right spoon. These Asian soup spoons are perfect for this ramen noodle bowl!
Miso Ramen with Miso Glazed Delicata Squash
Miso ramen for the win! This easy miso ramen recipe features miso glazed delicate squash, shiitake mushrooms and bok choy making for an amazing vegan dinner idea. This vegan ramen recipe features a savory miso broth and ramen rice noodles for a gluten-free meal.
For the Miso Broth
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 10-12 shiitake mushrooms washed and sliced thinly sliced
- 1 inch fresh ginger grated
- 3 cloves garlic grated
washed and thinly sliced separating the white parts from the green parts
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 4 tbsp yellow miso paste
For the Miso Glazed Delicata Squash
- 2 delicata squash washed and halved with insides scooped and sliced thin
- 1 tbsp grapeseed oil or other high temperature, neutral oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 3 tbsp yellow miso paste
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
For Building the Ramen Bowl
washed and trimmed
- scallion greens see broth ingredients
- 1 pkg LotusFoods® Jade Green Rice Ramen Noodles four bricks
- sriracha optional for added spice
Thoroughly wash the delicate squash. Trim the ends to create a flat surface, then slice in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds then slice into ¼” bite sized pieces. Gently toss the squash in grapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay the squash out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for ~15 minutes at 425 degrees. Flipping halfway through.
While the squash is roasting, combine the last 4 ingredients for the delicate squash in your mini food-processor to make the miso glaze. Blend until well combined.
When the squash is golden brown, remove from the oven and toss in the miso glaze. Put under the broiler for ~2 minutes.
In a large stockpot, heat the sesame oil and sauté the shiitake mushrooms until lightly seared. Add the garlic, scallion whites and ginger. Sauté for another minute. Add the water and the tamari. Simmer the broth for 10-15 minutes.
While the broth is simmering, prepare the ramen noodles in accordance with the package directions. Set aside.
Prepare the bok choy. Remove the broth from heat. Allow to cool slightly.
In a small bowl, combine the miso paste with 1 cup of the slightly cooled broth. Stir to create a miso slurry. Add the miso slurry to the broth.
To build your ramen bowls, add the noodles to the bottom of the bowl along with the bok choy. Spoon your broth into the bowl and add the delicate squash. Sprinkle with the green scallions and season with sriracha.
About Herbivore’s Kitchen
Herbivore’s Kitchen is a blog run by me, a plant-based home chef and aspiring food photographer. I switched my and my family’s diet to a plant-based diet after learning about the health benefits of going vegan. Making this change has prompted a variety of food and holistic-lifestyle related questions that I explore through this blog. I talk about how to pick and prepare the most nutritious foods, to how to reduce waste at home, to how to live a more sustainable lifestyle while on the road.