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Sesame Miso Lentils

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Sesame miso lentils are the perfect combination packed with umami flavor, but easy and quick to make. A great dinner idea done in less than 30 minutes!


  • 1 cup dry small brown lentils
  • 2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp garlic chili sauce or sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp white or yellow miso paste
  • Juice of half a large lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 45 sprigs cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. Add lentils and vegetable broth to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow lentils to cook with the lid off for about 15 minutes. You should see that the lentils mostly absorb all the liquid. Test the lentils to make sure they are cooked through and if there’s extra cooking liquid, drain it off with the help of a colander or strainer. Allow to sit to slightly cool.
  2. While lentils are cooking, prepare the dressing. To a medium mixing bowl, add tahini, chili sauce, garlic powder, soy sauce, mustard, sesame oil, maple syrup, miso, lemon juice and water. Whisk well to combine then set aside.
  3. Add lentils to the bowl with the tahini sauce and add in onions and cilantro. Give everything a good mix and then serve.


Cook your lentils in your favorite vegetable broth. As the lentils cook and soften, they will infuse with the flavor of the broth, which will make these lentils extra flavorful.

For this dish we want our lentils to be al dente. Use small brown, green or black lentils for this preparation as they tend to stay firmer as they cook. Do not use red lentils. 

Don’t overcook your lentils. Add your lentils and liquid to a pan and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer without a lid and allow them to cook for about 15 minutes, checking to make sure they are cooked through.