Tips When Cooking With MSG

Jan 15, 2022

Monosodium glutamate, or MSG for short, is a great flavor enhancer for your meals. Not only that, but it’s also a great alternative to salt as it only contains ⅓ the sodium content of the latter. Since it was sold commercially in 1909, MSG has impacted cooking as we know it, improving flavors one meal at a time.

But despite how commonly it’s used, how exactly does one use it effectively? How can home cooks and professionals alike maximize MSG in the dishes they make? Read our tips below so you can use MSG to your advantage.


Use the right amount

MSG is an efficient flavor enhancer even when used in small amounts. An 11-gram sachet of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning is good for 4-6 servings of your favorite dishes.

MSG can be used in combination with other seasonings like salt or fish sauce. It also only contains 30% or 1/3 sodium compared to table salt, making it an effective tool in minimizing the sodium content of a dish. Consider adding MSG and lessening the salt, soy sauce, or fish sauce in a recipe to help lessen sodium intake without sacrificing the deliciousness of dishes.

Use fresh ingredients to cook with it

MSG or pure monosodium glutamate is a seasoning that brings out the natural deliciousness of food. It gives food a savory, linamnam taste, or umami.

Other seasonings have a distinct flavor, which makes some dishes you cook all taste the same. However, MSG only amplifies the natural flavors of food. This allows you to enjoy a variety of flavors from natural ingredients.

Use various cooking techniques to cook with it

Monosodium glutamate is a versatile food ingredient that you can use in a variety of ways. It is great with cooking Filipino dishes as well as well-loved international dishes. In fact, the Global Umami Website boasts of international dishes that are best cooked with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning.

Try your hand in cooking these recipes:


Tuna stuffed peppers

This filling meal uses MSG to reduce its sodium content by 35%. To make this recipe, cook the tuna with potato, cheese, and breadcrumbs and use it to stuff the carved peppers. Bake it to perfection for that perfect healthy treat.

Sweet and sour fish

Relish our sweet and sour fish recipe, which reduces this classic saucy dish’s sodium content by 33%. Enjoy a fresh Lapu-Lapu meal with an iconic blend of sweet and sour flavors.



Beef bulalo

Our beef bulalo recipe is a healthier version of this famous dish. Perfect for serving during the cold months, enjoy a serving of bulalo’s warm, rich, and flavorful soup alongside the tender beef and vegetables.

Cooking with MSG doesn’t have to be complicated, but there are small things you can apply to ensure you get the most out of it. Just follow the tips above, and you’ll be an expert in cooking with this ingredient in no time.

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