Miso Sesame Winter Squash Recipe

Inspired by a recipe in Bryant Terry's new cookbook, The Inspired Vegan. Roasted winter squash (and tofu) with a miso, maple, sesame, citrus sauce.

Miso Sesame Winter Squash

In the last week I've done a bunch of things. I returned to a vintage shop, just up the street, to buy a pair of old metal kitchen stools (painted a muted shade of robin's egg blue). Someone beat me to it. I baked a granola pound cake (a bit of a miss), brewed two batches of California common, and bought a sack of stinging nettles at the Farmers market to work into the cottage cheese pancakes I can't seem to get enough of. There were three loads of laundry, two runs of the dishwasher, and lots of friends who've stopped by. And I made this Miso Sesame Winter Squash for lunch yesterday.

Miso Sesame Winter Squash Recipe

It's a riff on one of the recipes in Bryant Terry's new cookbook - his Molasses, Miso, and Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes. I swapped in some delicata squash and tofu for his sweet potatoes, and had myself a pretty spectacular one-pan meal. I'm a big fan of Bryant's recipes (remember these?) They're always flavor-forward, and across the span of a book he tends to pull from a global pantry. He has the ability to put together unexpected flavor combinations, and he's just the sort of person I like to turn to when I need someone to yank me out of one of those occasional culinary ruts every cook finds themselves in.

Miso Sesame Winter Squash Recipe

Here's how today's recipe shapes up. You've got your primary ingredients tossed with a citrus-spiked, maple-molasses marinade of sorts. The sappy sweetness is balanced by the salty complexity of miso and tamari/shoyu, and a toasted sesame backdrop is added for good measure. It works brilliantly. Thinking more about it, I imagine you could use the sauce/marinade to roast any number of ingredients beyond winter squash or sweet potatoes - for ex: tempeh, broccoli, cauliflower. Let me know if you do a take on this that works particularly well.

Miso Sesame Winter Squash Recipe

Thanks for the inspiration B. :) Cheers, and congrats on the new book.

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Miso Sesame Winter Squash

As I mention up above, I used unpeeled, seeded delicata squash here, but you can use other winter squash. Peel it first though. Bryant uses 2 1/2 lbs. peeled sweet potatoes / no tofu.

2 pounds delicata squash (~3), halved, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch inch thick pieces

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon tamari or shoyu
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 heaping tablespoon white or yellow miso
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
5 tablespoons water

8 ounces organic extra-firm tofu, pressed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Various toppings: toasted sesame seeds, chopped arugula, basil, basil flowers, lemon wedges

Preheat the oven to 425F / 220C, with a rack in the middle.

In a large bowl, toss the squash with 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil. Spread the squash on a parchment-lined or well-greased baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 40 minutes, turning over with a fork after 20 minutes. Or, until golden on both sides.

In the meantime, in a medium-size bowl, whisk together the molasses, tamari, maple syrup, miso, orange juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, water, and the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the tofu, toss to coat, and set aside.

When the squash is deeply golden on both sides, remove from the oven.

Transfer the squash to a 2-quart baking dish. Pour the tofu mixture over the squash, and gently toss. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until a good amount of the marinade boils off. Toss a couple times along the way. Finish under the boiler if you like, or if you like a bit of extra color on top. Remove from the oven, and season with salt, if needed. Finish with some toasted sesame seeds, chopped arugula, and/or herbs, and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side (to squeeze on top).

Serves 4-6.

Adapted from the Molasses, Miso, and Maple Candied Sweet Potatoe recipe in Bryant Terry's The Inspired Vegan.

Prep time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 70 minutes

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This is such a yummy sounding dish! Love this idea!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

What a wonderful winter dish. Hearty and flavorful, just what a rainy day desires.


This recipe is perfect for me. It combines some of my favorite ingredients. This looks fantastic, I cannot wait to try it. As much as I say summer is my favorite season, based purely on produce, I do long for winter squash all year round.

Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious

This looks so good! Flipping through your second book this week...can't wait to try out some of the recipes.


this looks fantastic and healthy too, a win-win!

Tabitha (From Single to Married)

This past year has been the first time I've really been experimenting with different types of squash- this looks like the perfect way to enjoy it!

Simply Life

That sounds so good and is so pretty. I love the flowered herbs you scattered on top. What herb is that?


Granola poundcake sounds great...this squash is gorgeous!

Belinda @zomppa

I can't get enough squash right now -- overdoing it, almost -- so I love the surprising addition of miso to this recipe. Just what I need to get out of my squash rut! Simply beautiful!

JL goes Vegan

This looks great and I hope to try it, but I find myself stuck back at the beginning of this post with the cottage cheese pancakes. I would love to hear about those!


This looks great and I hope to try it, but I find myself stuck back at the beginning of this post with the cottage cheese pancakes. I would love to hear about those!


A healthy dish to try at home and perfect for winter.The pictures looks so delicious specially the squash on the baking tray.Can't wait to cook my own version.

Tracy Portner

Just beautiful pictures, I really feel like I'm sat at your table about to tuck in.


OOH this does tempt my tastebuds.... I've never used miso before - I don't why - but this recipe is jsut the kick up the posterior (or should I say impetus) to try!


Was just thinking about making something with miso today...well, there you go. Perfect timing!

Mike @TheIronYou

This looks so lovely! The perfect meal during the winter! Love that ingredients list, I'll admit, haven't tried many of them, but am so interested in checking them out! Thanks for sharing!

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes

You photos are always beautiful, but for some reason these are extra stunning. I have to start working more miso into my life. This is just the way to do it.


The Molasses, Miso, and Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes sounds fabulous and just today made something very sweet with sweet taters and am editing tater photos right now. What you made looks spectacular! Love that it's one pot, too!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I love how simple and comforting your recipes (and photos) are. And how perfectly you lay the squash on the baking tray!!


That is beautiful with the fresh greens on top. I often make a delicata & tofu braise with cooked greens that I finish with a slather of miso mixed with butter--using sesame oil instead sounds like a delicious twist and I imagine that the chopped fresh greens wake up the earthy flavors a bit. I'll be trying this soon!


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