Easy Ways to Kick Up Umami Flavor in Your Favorite Dishes

Pork Kebabs with BBQ Sauce

If you’ve been visiting MSGdish for a while, you know we often write about UMAMI, that unique, savory flavor that is imparted by monosodium glutamate (MSG). One of these blogs “The ‘Skinny’ on Umami” discusses ways to experiment with different flavors that can make healthy dishes more appetizing. As expected, adding ingredients known to be excellent sources of umami is suggested as a means to enhance the flavor of many recipes. If you are interested in ramping up the flavor profile of your recipes, here are suggestions on using four excellent sources of umami that can be added to a variety of recipes: tomatoes, mushrooms, soy sauce and MSG.

Spaghetti with Asparagus and Prosciutto

Simplicity is often best when it comes to cooking, and in this dish the delectable umami-rich tastes of asparagus and prosciutto are allowed to shine through and flavor the pasta.

How to Create an Umami Brunch

umami brunch with scrambled eggs and bacon

When I mentioned to one of my friends that I was going to be working with the MSGdish blog, her response was, “Oh my gosh! My husband is obsessed with MSG! He’s been driving all over town looking for it.” It wasn’t what I was expecting to hear, but it did inspire me. I invited them over for an umami brunch featuring a MSG blind taste test and set out to create a flavor packed menu. On brunch day, we started out with a blind taste test of eggs. I created eggs seasoned three different ways – one without seasoning, one with salt, and one with monosodium glutamate (MSG).

It’s Spring: Time to Lighten Up Serious Food Talk!

colorful tomatoes food fun

Food should be fun, but there are a few people who take it way too seriously! Granted, it is important to eat a well-balanced, flavorful, healthy diet, but I think we all know someone who analyzes and dissects every morsel of food he or she eats. Lighten up those food critics by sharing some of these fun food quotes…

Meet Our New MSGdish Blogger: Theresa Hedrick

We’re very excited to introduce Theresa Hedrick, MS, RD, LD, our newest dietitian blogger and expert adviser to MSGdish. Theresa is a food and nutrition communications consultant and an instructor at Oregon State University. She is passionate about making nutrition fit within the constraints of the real world – which is something she communicates regularly through both social and traditional media channels