Zucchini and Miso Porridge

February 5, 2014

I have been wanting to try this combination for a while, friends. Savoury porridge. Do stick with me on this one. Even my Asian flavours-loving husband took some convincing. But he’s on board now, full of admiration for this humble little bowl of unexpected, exciting and entirely comforting, flavours.


This recipe is very loosely adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Miso Oat Porridge, a recipe I had been dreaming about for some time. Today was the perfect morning to try it out. I’ve been running some workshops on Tuesday nights, which require an early and often rushed dinner, leaving me awake and ravenous soon after 6 on Wednesdays. Before Ben left for meetings and I prepared for my day, I scooted out of bed, whipped up this zucchini and miso porridge and then hopped online to share it with you all.

The zucchini addition was encouraged via a surplus of green beauties from Transition Farm, where I’ve been farming one day a week. Grating some into this porridge was a natural progression in my discovery of new ways to include these green goddesses in my diet. A fried egg with a runny yolk was an obligatory addition, though next time I would feel equally obliged to top our bowls with some toasted walnuts. In fact, I just re-read Heidi’s recipe and she did indeed call for toasted walnuts. We must have a strong culinary/name connection. Oh man, now I just sound creepy. Anyway, Ben felt some crumbled seaweed would be a lovely addition also and I cannot disagree.


Zucchini and Miso Porridge

Recipe very loosely adapted from Heidi Swanson’s (101 Cookbooks) Miso Oat Porridge

Serves 2


10 g Unsalted Butter
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 small Zucchini, grated
1 & 1/3 cups Water
2 teaspoons Miso Paste (or more, to taste)
2 Eggs
1 Radish, thinly sliced
1 handful chopped Parsley or Coriander
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Optional toppings: toasted walnuts, dried seaweed, spring onion or chives.

1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add the oats and cook for a couple of minutes until toasty.
2. Add the water and zucchini and cook for ~5 minutes until the water is absorbed and the oats plump up. Add more water if desired.
3. Meanwhile, fry your eggs in a non-stick pan. Crack the egg onto a hot pan and cook for a few minutes until the white is cooked but the yolk is still runny. You might like to use a lid to cover the pan for a minute or so. This will help steam the egg and ensure the yolk partially cooks without needing to flip your egg or dry it out.
4. Add the miso paste a teaspoon at a time to the porridge, stir to combine and taste, then add more if you want a stronger flavour.
5. Serve the porridge in bowls, topped with a fried egg, sliced radish, chopped herbs and freshly cracked black pepper.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Heidi xo

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  • InTolerant Chef February 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I certainly do like the idea of a savoury porridge like this Heidi, and will definitly give it a try sometime.
    I had vegemite toast for breakfast today as I was rushing, but I did have miso soup for lunch- yummo

    • Heidi February 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Miso high five! x

  • Hannah February 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    That combo sounds crazy but also delicious! Totally bookmarking this for tomorrow morning … I have miso in the fridge but haven’t really done much with it! Thanks for the constant inspiration xo

    • Heidi February 6, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Aw thanks, my dear. Hope you like it x

  • thelittleloaf February 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    You know what, I totally get this. Sounds like such a good breakfast. I reckon a little crumbled feta cheese without the miso would be yummy too – kind of like breakfast oat risotto. Delish!

    • Heidi February 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Oh, love your thoughts!! x

  • cheri February 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I love this combination!

    • Heidi February 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      so good! x

  • Hannah February 7, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Oh how I adore savoury porridge! Grits with an egg cooked/poached into it with tabasco, quinoa flakes with nutritional yeast, oats with spicy peanut butter… Love the miso idea darlin’!

    • Heidi February 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Yes to grits! Thanks, lovely x

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  • Lucy February 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Heidi THIS looks exactly like what I feel like right now… I will make it as soon as I am home! Delish! x

    • Heidi February 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Hope you got to make it, my dear xxx

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