Miso vs. Marmite | How to Use Both + Differences Explained

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  November 27, 2020

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If you look at the latest culinary news, you will see that marmite is being advertised as the new miso.

Both foods are fermented, can work as spreads, and have a great umami flavor.

But they have their share of differences.

miso vs marmite

This article will look at miso and marmite giving you an understanding of both foods so you can decide which you prefer.

What is Miso?

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning product. It is made with fermented soybeans, koji, and salt.

Sometimes rice, barley, seaweed, and other ingredients are added as well.

It creates a thick paste that can be used in sauces, dips marinades, and as a condiment.

It is commonly mixed with dashi to make miso soup.

Don’t confuse miso paste with soybean paste! Miso Paste vs. Soybean Paste | Differences & How To Use Both.

What is Marmite?

Marmite originated in Britain but was invented by a German.

It is made from the yeast leftover from beer which is then converted into a high protein byproduct.

The result is a thick, salty, funny tasting paste-like substance with an unusual aroma. Some love it and some hate it but there is no doubt that it’s an acquired taste.

Marmite was traditionally used as a breakfast food, often spread on toast in the morning like butter and jelly.

More recently, it’s become widely used in other culinary applications. It can be added to stews, casseroles, and even sweets to produce a deep umami flavor.

Miso vs. Marmite: Nutrition

Both miso and marmite have several health benefits.

Because they are fermented, they work as probiotics offering benefits for the digestive tract.

Here are some other nutrition facts.

Miso Nutritional Benefits

Miso is rich in vitamins and minerals including protein, vitamin K, manganese, copper, and zinc.

In addition to being beneficial to digestion, it may also prevent certain forms of cancer and boost the immune system.

Marmite Nutritional Benefits

Marmite is low in calories and high in riboflavin, niacin, thiamine. It also has a decent amount of B12, folate and iron.

It is believed to be helpful in the treatment of conditions such as cold, flu and diarrhea and diabetes.

It is beneficial to metabolism and it helps the heart, nerves and muscles function properly.

Miso vs. Marmite: Best Brands

If you are looking to buy marmite or miso, here are some brands with products that are worth checking out.

Miso Best Brands

Marmite Best Brands

Marmite is both a type of food and a brand.

Therefore, there are not many options when it comes to purchasing it.

Miso vs. Marmite: Recipes

Favorite Asian Recipes

If you are looking to make recipes using marmite or miso, here are a few you can choose from.

Miso Recipe Ideas

Marmite Recipe Ideas

Now that you know more about these two spreads, how will you be using them to take your recipes to the next level?

Did you know miso can be a great substitute for Worcestershire Sauce?

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.