If You Hate Peanut Butter, Maybe This Savory Version Will Change Your Mind

We love a good spread, especially the spicy and savory sort that pairs well with almost everything—from bread, to crudités, to grilled meats and more. Take this savory peanut butter recipe for instance: it’s nutty, spicy, and powered by umami by way of red miso. Peanut butter can be polarizing and if you’re the type who absolutely hates it, try giving this version a shot.

Making this savory peanut butter from scratch is key to making sure fat content and consistency is controlled. The depth of flavor from the red miso complements the roundness of the nutty base. Chilis are optional if you want to omit spice, but we find that a good amount of heat gives the peanut butter a little kick. Make yourself a jarful for impromptu parties or just for casual snacking because trust us, this will be your new favorite pantry staple.

Savory Peanut Butter



Serving Size

2 cups

Active Time

30 Minutes

Total Time

30 Minutes


  1. In a pan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil.
  2. Add the red miso paste and toast, cooking for about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a food processor, add the peanuts, miso paste, and chili.
  4. Pulse to desired consistency

One Response

  1. The instructions indicate olive oil, while your list of ingredients just says ‘oil’. Olive oil has a distinct taste and smell, won’t it interfere with the miso and the peanut butter? This recipe for an alternative savory peanut butter is interesting, but I will probably make it using a neutral tasting oil, like canola or grapeseed.

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