Nikumiso is a Japanese dish of braised pork in miso paste.  We quite like it tucked into lettuce wraps, but it's also great served over soba noodles or steamed rice. 


  • ½ yellow onion, trimmed and chopped 
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1½ tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1½ tsp garlic, minced (try using garlic scapes, if in season!)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp red miso paste
  • Lettuce leaves, noodles, or fresh rice, for serving


  1. Whisk together the sugar, sake, soy sauce, and the miso paste in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  2. In a wide skillet or wok, heat the sesame oil over medium heat.  Add the ginger and the garlic.  Cook for about 1 minutes, or until aromatic. 
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the ground pork to the pan and sauté, breaking up any large chunks, until totally cooked through and beginning to brown. 
  4. Transfer the miso mixture to the pan and toss with the ground pork, making sure all of the pork is evenly coated.  
  5. Serve with lettuce wraps or alongside noodles or rice. 
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