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Miso-Glazed Grilled Zucchini

Miso-Glazed Grilled Zucchini - Use this 2 minute, 4 ingredient miso glaze on anything grilled this summer! |

I recently got my hands on my first-ever tub of miso, and I’ve been playing with it ever since. I’d long heard that miso (fermented soybean paste) is a great ingredient for adding a salty, savory, umami touch to a variety of dishes, but until recently, the only time I’d ever had it was in the little cup of miso soup that comes before sushi. I also knew it as one of the ingredients listed alongside seitan as a “hippie ingredient” in an article I read. Well, the seitan turned out pretty delicious in the husband-fooling “Chorizo” & Black Bean Vegetarian Chili, so next on my list of ingredients to try was miso.

Miso-Glazed Grilled Zucchini - Use this 2 minute, 4 ingredient miso glaze on anything grilled this summer! |

I’ve taken to glazing fish, steaks, and a variety of vegetables with the quick miso glaze in the recipe below. Here, I’ve brushed it on some long strips of grilled zucchini, but you can use this glaze for anything you want! It’s just four ingredients, and takes only two minutes to stir up. If you don’t have agave nectar, use honey. Either way, it’s the perfect balance of salty, sweet and tangy. It’s pretty much like a hippie version of barbecue sauce.

Miso-Glazed Grilled Zucchini - Use this 2 minute, 4 ingredient miso glaze on anything grilled this summer! |

Miso-Glazed Grilled Zucchini

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 4 zucchini, cut into quarters crosswise
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium heat. In small bowl, whisk together miso, agave nectar, soy sauce and vinegar.
  2. Lightly brush zucchini with olive oil. Transfer zucchini to grill and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Brush with miso glaze and serve immediately.

This recipe originally appeared here on the NatureBox blog.

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16 Responses to “Miso-Glazed Grilled Zucchini”

  1. Jane's Adventures in Dinner — June 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Yum! A new way to eat my favourite veg.


  2. realfoodbydad — June 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Such a great idea, love the flavors!!


  3. Letty Flatt — June 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This glaze might just turn not my favorite veg into the real thing!


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 26th, 2014 @ 1:07 am

      Too funny, Letty. I just found out my dad isn’t a fan of zucchini, either. I thought everybody liked it, but I’ve been proven wrong this week 😉


  4. Mary Frances — June 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I love this!


  5. Hannah Rounds — June 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    For some reason, I thought miso was a desert ingredient. It turns out that I was thinking of Red Bean Paste (not even remotely similar). I’d like to give this recipe a try :)


    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — June 26th, 2014 @ 1:08 am

      Haha, well you know what, Hannah? I think I’ve actually seen people make caramel with miso on “Chopped”! It’s salty, so I guess it sort of works :)


  6. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — June 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    You’re welcome, Emily! Enjoy!


  7. nancy stewart — March 23, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I only have dark miso . should I reduce quantity of miso required?


    • Lori Yates replied: — March 24th, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

      Hi Nancy! I just did some quick research, and it sounds like dark miso is higher than salt and white miso, so I think you should reduce the quantity. Maybe start with 1 tablespoon, taste the mixture, and adjust if needed?


      • nancy stewart replied: — March 25th, 2015 @ 6:40 am

        Thank you Lori, will give that a try!

  8. Libby Mojsiewicz - The Thrive Guide — October 21, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    This looks fantastic, Lori! 
    Gotta love that Vitamin Z. :)


    • Lori Yates replied: — October 22nd, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

      Thanks Libby! What’s so funny is that “Vitamin Z” is the tagline of the Detroit Zoo (which is just 1/2 mile down the road from me). So I saw your comment, and immediately started thinking of the zoo, and was so confused for a second. Ohhhh…zucchini 😉


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