Experiencing the umami taste is universal and does not belong to any one culture or any one cuisine.

As stated on this website’s Homepage, “Every cuisine has its characteristic ‘flavor principle,’ but umami transcends them all.” The flavor principle of umami becomes even more appreciated as chefs and home cooks strive to reduce fat and salt (sodium) in their favorite savory foods recipes. Umami is a pleasant savory taste (actually recognized as the fifth taste) that is imparted by glutamate either naturally in flavorful savory foods, or added as umami seasoning (MSG).

Featured Savory Foods Recipes:

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Recipes with Umami Ingredients

Here are a few savory foods recipes to try that are naturally delicious and satisfying, thanks to umami rich ingredients:

Sea Scallops with Chili Sauce

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Thai Beef Salad

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Beef Misoyaki

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Honey Barbecue Wings

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Wonton Soup

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Panzanella Salad

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Umami Portobello Mushroom Burger

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Vegetarian Fried Rice

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Crispy Egg Rolls

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Spicy Rice Vermicelli Salad

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Vietnamese Grilled Pork

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Pork Carnitas

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Lebanese Lamb and Rice Stuffing (Hashweh)

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Beef and Chinese Cabbage Soup

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Chicken Curry

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Poached Chicken with Ginger Scallion Sauce

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Crab Rangoons

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Vegetarian White Bean Soup

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Vegetables in Chinese Chili Garlic Sauce

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Potato Wedges

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MSG-Umami Taste Test

Try this do-it-yourself MSG taste test, as suggested by Chef Chris Koetke.