Miso Mayo Dipping Sauce

Elevate your dishes with my Miso Mayo Dipping Sauce, a Japanese-inspired delight that adds a burst of creamy umami with a hint of garlic spiciness! It’s incredibly versatile and quick to make, requiring just three simple ingredients and a minute of your time. Whether you’re dipping vegetables or spreading it on meats and seafood, this miso mayo sauce is a game-changer!

Boiled asparagus and broccoli served on a wooden plate with a bowl of Japanese style miso mayo sauce.

Why I Love This Recipe

What makes my Miso Mayo Dipping Sauce stand out? It’s a Japanese mayo sauce that effortlessly enhances your meals with its creamy texture and savory goodness. Crafted with awase brown miso, Japanese Kewpie Mayo, and freshly grated garlic, this sauce adds an umami-rich kick to dishes like Grilled Lobster Tails or Crab Stuffed Mushrooms that I promise will be a game changer for you!

Perfect for those who appreciate a touch of spiciness, you can also elevate it with chili paste for a spicy miso mayo twist. This sauce is a must-try for anyone looking to enhance the flavor of any of their meals and add a touch of Japanese flair!



  • Miso – awase brown Miso works best.
  • Mayonnaise – use Japanese Kewpie Mayo.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.

🧴 Mayo Note

For this recipe, we highly recommend sticking with Kewpie Mayo or other Japanese-Style Mayo. This mayo serves as the foundation of the sauce, and substituting it with another sauce can significantly alter the flavor profile of the sauce.

Miso mayo mixed in a mixing bowl.


Step 1 Combine miso, Kewpie mayo, and grated garlic in a bowl, achieving a smooth, creamy texture.

Miso mayo dip in a mixing bowl.

Step 2 Serve alongside your preferred vegetables.

Miso mayo dip served with boiled vegetables.

🥦 Vegetable Pairing Notes

You can enjoy it with Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Carrot, Celery, Boiled Cauliflower, Boiled Asparagus, and Boiled Broccoli. This sauce complements these vegetables beautifully, enhancing their flavors and making vegetables delicious!

Recipe Variations

Enhance with chili paste like Chili Garlic Sauce or Sriracha for a spicy miso mayo dipping twist.

Paring Recommendations

This sauce pairs exceptionally well with a variety of dishes, especially Asian-style light-flavored chicken dishes. Consider serving it alongside Shredded Chicken for a delicious blend of flavors. For those who enjoy a bit of crispy wings, Tebasaki Chicken Wings make a fantastic choice, as the sauce complements their rich, savory taste. If you’re looking for a savory option, the Air Fryer Soy Sauce Chicken combines perfectly with the miso mayo, creating a flavorful and guilt-free indulgence.

A piece of boiled broccoli being dipped into a Japanese style miso mayo sauce with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kewpie Mayo?

Kewpie Mayo is a Japanese-style mayo distinguished from its American counterpart by its creamy texture, subtle sweetness, reduced tartness, and touch of umami flavors.

What other dishes can I pair with this sauce besides vegetables?

It's great for enhancing the flavor of grilled chicken, as a burger spread, with shrimp, or on grilled lobster. This versatile sauce adds a delicious touch to grilled meats and seafood.

Is there a specific type of miso I should use for this recipe?

The best choice of miso to use is brown or awase miso. Brown miso, also known as awase miso, strikes a balance between the flavors of white and red miso, making it incredibly versatile for various recipes.

Storage Tips

To store any leftovers, simply transfer it into an airtight container and place it in the fridge. It will remain fresh and flavorful for up to 10-14 days.

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Boiled asparagus and broccoli served on a wooden plate with a bowl of Japanese style miso mayo sauce, top down shot.

Miso Mayo Dipping Sauce

Elevate your dishes with Miso Mayo, a flavorful Japanese mayo sauce that adds a delightful twist. Discover the perfect blend of creamy and savory.
5 from 12 votes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: Japanese mayo sauce, miso dipping sauce, miso mayo
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 160kcal


  • 3 tbsp Kewpie Mayo
  • 1 tsp Miso
  • 1 Clove Garlic


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for miso mayo dip.
  • Grind garlic with a grinder or garlic press and place into a mixing bowl.
    Grated garlic.
  • In the same mixing bowl, add Kewpie mayo and miso. Mix well and use a spoon to transfer the sauce to a severing plate. Serve dipping sauce with vegetables.
    Miso mayo dip in a mixing bowl.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 408mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 3mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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