By Justin Shoults + Melissa Lee
Well, what can I say? I love miso, and I love ribeye steak. If you usually marinate your steak with the mainstream “steak rub seasonings,” give this a try. I am quite confident that Justin and I can convert you to the miso marinate! Miso (みそ or 味噌) is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and kōji (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae) and sometimes rice, barley, seaweed, or other ingredients.
There are many kinds of miso. A few are yellow miso, red miso, and white miso. A simple guideline for you: the darker the color, the more intense the flavor is. The darker color miso goes through a longer period of fermentation, and therefore, is packed with bolder flavor.
Below is a summary of those three types of miso, which can be found in mainstream supermarkets in the United States.
White miso: This miso is made from soybeans that have been fermented with a large percentage of rice. The color can range from white to light beige, and the miso has a sweet taste. It’s best used in condiments like mayo or salad dressings or light sauces. Don’t miss Chef Robin’s miso peanut butter and jelly pockets and my miso ice cream with smoked strawberry.
Yellow miso: Yellow miso is usually made from soybeans that have been fermented with barley and sometimes a small percentage of rice. It can be yellow to light brown in color. This miso has a mild, earthy flavor and is better for general use in not only condiments but soup and noodles. Be sure to check out Chef Justin’s Yellow miso mustard ramen.
Red miso: This is also typically made from soybeans fermented with barley or other grains, though with a higher percentage of soybeans and/or a longer fermentation period. It can range in color from red to dark brown. The deep umami flavor of red miso can overwhelm mild dishes, but is perfect for hearty soups, glazes, and of course, ribeye steaks!
We would like to encourage you to cook with different kinds of miso at home. Trust me, your friends and family will say, “You make me-so happy with those amazing miso dishes!”
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Marinating time: 12–48 hours
Cook time: 25 Minutes
Feeds 4 People
List of the tools and special equipment
- Cutting board
- Chef’s knife
- Small trays
- Medium bowl
- Small bowl to mix marinade
- One heavy bottom cast iron pan or an outdoor grill
- Small pot
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Medium baking sheet
- Microplane grater
- Instant-read thermometer
- Plastic wrap
- Small whisk
- Small rubber spatula
- Metal spatula
2 dry aged ribeye steaks, 14–16 oz.
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 garlic cloves, grated
1 2” piece of ginger, grated
½ cup red miso
½ cup red wine
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb carrots, (baby carrots with the tops on are best)
¼ cup miso marinade
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin
To marinate the steak:
- Combine all of the ingredients for the miso marinade in a small bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Lay the steaks out on a tray and sprinkle with a light coating of salt.
- Take the cheesecloth and cut into pieces big enough to wrap one time around the steaks. Take the sheet of cheesecloth and place under the steak and wrap, leaving only one layer of cheesecloth around.
- Take the miso marinade and rub a ¼” layer over the entire steak, top and bottom. Reserve ¼ cup of the miso marinade for the carrots. The cheesecloth will make it easy to remove the marinade after it flavors the steak so that it won’t burn in the pan or on the grill.
- Place the marinating steaks on a small tray and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 12–48 hours to allow the marinade to come through.
To prepare the carrots:
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Take the carrots and peel them. If the carrots are large, cut them into small baby carrot size pieces. Place the cleaned carrots in a large bowl.
- In a small pot, melt the butter.
- In the bowl of carrots, add ¼ cup of the miso marinade and the melted butter. Toss them and season with a pinch of salt.
- Lay the carrots out on a baking sheet and roast in a 400F oven until tender for about 12 minutes. Alternatively, you could grill the carrots over low heat until tender.
To assemble the dish:
- After the steak has marinated overnight for at least 2 days, remove the cheesecloth from around the steaks. The steaks should be well-seasoned from the salt and the miso. Allow the steaks to sit out and come to room temperature to help with even cooking for at least 10 minutes.
- Preheat the grill or a heavy bottom cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Also, have your oven preheated to 350F.
- Add in 3 tablespoons of canola oil to the hot pan. The oil should be smoking before adding the steaks. Carefully add in the steaks while tilting the oil to one side to prevent the hot oil from splattering on you. Sear on high heat for 4 minutes on each side. Add in 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan and continue to cook the steak for 1 more minute on each side. Once there is a good color on both sides of the steak, remove the steak from the pan and place on a small baking sheet. Place the steak in the oven and cook for another 2–3 minutes to the desired internal temperature. Test the temperature of the steaks in the center with an instant-read thermometer. For medium-rare, pull the steak at 110F. For medium, pull at 118F–120F. For more done, pull at 135F or above.
- The same method can be used for the grill, except you would rub the steak with a small amount of the oil before placing it on the grill. Cook over high heat to get a good color, then finish in the oven if needed.
- Once the steak is cooked to the desired temperature, place it on a small tray to allow it to rest before slicing. The steak should rest for at least 5 minutes.
- Once rested, reheat the carrots in the oven. Slice the ribeye against the grain of the meat and serve on plates with the warm carrots.
If there are leftovers (although I doubt it) of this delicious sliced steak, it works great the next morning with eggs. Store in the refrigerator overnight wrapped tight.
The carrots can be done in a large batch and saved in the refrigerator in a container for up to 3 days.
Dry aged ribeyes will have the most flavor but a good quality steak of any kind, such as a skirt steak, works great with this marinade method.
The marinade also works well on different types of roasted vegetables. Turnips, mushrooms, cauliflower, potatoes, broccoli, and many others work great.
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