According to the official Umami Information Center, “umami is a pleasant savory taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides, including inosinate and guanylate, which occur naturally in many foods including meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products.” Chances are you’re already combining certain foods for maximum umami flavor without event realizing it: Bacon and cheese on your hamburger; tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, and French fries with ketchup. Here are recipes to try from some of the foods that are highest in natural umami.
Matured beef, like beef jerky, has high levels of glutamate. A cheeseburger is an umami pairing of meat, cheese and tomatoes, usually ketchup. Who said American food wasn't exotic?
Levels of naturally occurring glutamate (mg/100g): 107
Try this Thai Style Beef Sandwich recipe
Umami elements: Beef, cabbage, carrots, tomato paste
All glutamate and inosinate levels are from The Umami Information Center.
Umami is the reason we go bonkers for bacon. Add it to your cheeseburger and heaven awaits.
Cured ham: Levels of naturally occurring glutamate (mg/100g): 337
Try this Sausage Grilled- Pepper and Tomato Bruschetta recipe.
Umami elements: Pork and tomatoes
Chicken is as ubiquitous as beef at every fast-food restaurant. Chicken soup may be so comforting because chicken bones are full of umami.
Chicken bones: Levels of naturally occurring glutamate (mg/100g): 40
Try the Tomato Egg Drop Soup recipe
Umami elements: Chicken and tomatoes