Miso Butter Onions


This is a Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage recipe. Not only is it a delicious side dish, great with rice or potatoes, it’s a fantastic thing to do if you have a load of onions to use up!

Serves 6 as a side dish.

Submitted by Sonya


  • 8 medium onions
  • 100g white miso
  • 100g unsalted butter, melted


  1. Halve the onions lengthwise, discarding the papery skin, as well as the layer beneath if its’ tough or dry. Trim the tops and a little off the bottom (not too much — you want to ensure the onion halves stay held together at the base).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, miso, and 1 litre of warm water until fully incorporated.
  3. Place the onion halves, cut-side down and spaced apart, in a 14cm by 28cm high-sided baking dish or pan and pour in the miso water. Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake for 35 minutes, then remove the foil and turn the onions over so they are cut-side up.
  4. (take care to ensure they remain intact). Baste the onions very well, then return to the oven, uncovered, for another 45 to 50 minutes, basting every 10 minutes, until the onions are very soft, deeply browned on top, and the sauce has reduced to a gravy consistency.
  5. Carefully transfer the onions to a platter, pouring the sauce over and around them, and serve at once.