Maple Miso Tahini Sauce | A Delicious Dressing, Dip & Sauce

This delicious Maple Miso Tahini sauce is inspired by Japanese ingredients and flavours. Miso paste and sesame are so good together โ€“ I recently enjoyed the combination as a dipping sauce for cold udon noodles. To pull these flavours together as a sauce-cum-dressing I combine tahini with the intense, sweet flavour of extra dark maple syrup to balance the rich, umami taste of miso paste. Soy sauce adds an extra hit of salt.

Maple Miso Tahini Soy Dressing (over Purple Sprouting Broccoli)

This sauce is incredibly versatile, and particularly good as a dressing for warm or cold green vegetables. Here, I served it with cold, steamed purple sprouting broccoli, as a side dish for an early summer barbecue. We’ve also used it as a warm sauce with fillets of cod. You could also use the sauce over thinly sliced steak, to dress a potato salad, tossed with noodles or pasta for a quick supper, or as a dip for fresh cucumber and carrot sticks.

A range of salads including Maple Miso Tahini Soy Dressing (over Purple Sprouting Broccoli)

You can use either tamari or soy sauce in this recipe. Tamari is a version of soy that is thicker and slightly less salty than regular soy, and because it’s made from fermented soybeans (rather than soybeans and wheat grains) it has little to no wheat content. Choosing gluten-free tamari is a good option for those avoiding gluten in their diet.ย Likewise, some miso has gluten in it while other varieties don’t; it depends on which pulses and grains were used in its making. For a gluten-free diet, make sure to buy a gluten-free miso.

Maple Miso Tahini Sauce (over Purple Sprouting Broccoli)
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Maple Miso Tahini Sauce

This recipe makes enough sauce to dress 3-4 plates of greens. I like to be generous and serve a pot of extra sauce at the table, for anyone who wants more. Store the rest in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and use as a sauce for pasta, meat or fish, to dress potato salad, or as a dip for crudites.


  • 75 grams (quarter cup) good quality tahini
  • 1 tbsp red miso paste
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp extra dark maple syrup
  • 50-100 ml cold water


If you can't get dark maple syrup, use grated palm sugar, jaggery or muscovado sugar instead.ย 
Good quality tahini is gluten free but cheaper brands may use flour to thicken. Check on purchase if you need to ensure your sauce is gluten free.


  • Measure all ingredients except water into a bowl and mix well until thoroughly combined, with no lumps.
  • Adjust to your taste by adding more of any of the ingredients, as needed. 
  • Add 50 ml cold water and mix again to create a smooth sauce. 
  • Add additional water as needed to achieve a suitable consistency. When using this sauce to dress vegetables, I like the consistency to be like thick pouring cream, and add about 100 ml of water. When serving as a dip, a thicker texture is better, and I use about 50 ml of water.
  • Drizzle over steamed green vegetables to serve.

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Maple Miso Tahini Sauce (over Purple Sprouting Broccoli)

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18 Comments to "Maple Miso Tahini Sauce | A Delicious Dressing, Dip & Sauce"

  1. Sus Davy

    Maple, Miso and Tahini are some of my fave ingredients to use. This sauce is perfect.

  2. Jacqueline Meldrum

    You are going to laugh, but I’ve been craving tenderstem all day. The reason? I went into my salad drawer to get bits and pieces out for my son’s lunch and spotted it. I can think of little else. This sounds a super tasty way to serve it. I’ll have to pick up some miso.


    I bought my most recent pot of miso online, hope you can satisfy the cravings!

  3. Ema

    I made it exactly to recipe and it is delicious. Had the brocolli with the sauce as a side to teriyaki chicken with coconut rice. The sauce was soaked up with the rice and was divine. I will definitely make this again but make the sauce the significant ingredient in the dish. Thankyou


    Hi Ema, so happy you liked it and I bet it was wonderful with teriyaki chicken!

  4. kaveyeats

    So pleased you enjoyed and envious of your asparagus! We did enjoy lots this season though!


    Forewarned that some miso can contain gluten too ๐Ÿ™‚ Really fancy this recipe! Iโ€™ve added tsb to my shopping list.

  5. kaveyeats

    It’s so easy to make and the ingredients all have fairly long shelf life too!

  6. Chloe Edges

    I love miso and I love maple but I’ve never thought of combining them. More fool me because this is a delicious recipe which I’ll be making again!

  7. Alex Ryder

    We have all these ingredients in AND some tenderstem broccoli so I guess we should definitely give it a whirl. Love tahini anyway so thank you for inspiring us to do something interesting with it beyond the basics :0)


    You’re welcome, hope you like it! The Belazu tahini we both tasted at the food festival is excellent in this!


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