Easy Homemade Miso Soup

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A bowl of warm and nourishing homemade miso soup is a perfect addition to any meal. And it’s simple and easy to make it at home with just 2 ingredients!

A bowl of miso soup with diced tofu and seaweed.


 

In this post, you’ll learn what is miso paste, how to choose one and where to buy it.

You’ll Love this Miso Soup Recipe

Homemade miso soup is quick and easy to make, and it’s a perfect addition to any meal.

You can keep it simple with no garnishes or add any or all the garnishes to make it a meal alone.

  • Ready in less than 10 minutes
  • Requires only 2 main ingredients
  • Customizable with any desired garnishes

What is Miso Soup?

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup, made of a fish stock called “dashi” and softened miso paste.

This simple soup is filling and satisfying due to its high protein content and versatile to customize it to everyone’s taste and what you have on hand.

There’re endless variations of miso soup, including one of my all-time favorite clam miso soup.

Miso Soup Ingredients

  • Dashi (or broth) – Traditionally, miso soup is made of dashi/fish stock, but you can use simple chicken stock, or vegetable stock.
  • Miso paste – It’s an essential ingredient. More on it below.
  • Optional add-ins – You can add anything to your miso soup. Common add-ins are cubed silken tofu and wakame (seaweed), green onions, sesame oil, etc.

What is Dashi?

  • Dashi is a simple fish broth with complex flavors from simmered kelp (seaweed) and bonito flakes (smoky dried fish flakes). It’s a base to many Japanese dishes, including miso soup.

While it’s super easy to make dashi at home, I often cheat and use these dashi granules. It’s, basically, the equivalent of chicken bouillon.

What is miso paste?

Miso paste is a thick paste of fermented ground soybeans, a staple in Japanese cuisine. It’s salty, earthy, and incredibly flavorful!

By the way, besides making miso soup, miso paste can also be used as a seasoning/marinade in many different recipes, like this miso chicken.

2 tubs of white and red miso pastes, sliced scallions and tofu cubes.

Tip

While you may not have dashi and miso paste already in your pantry, both of these ingredients are inexpensive and keep for a long time.

You can find both of these products on Amazon, Asian grocery stores, and even in some supermarkets.

How to make Miso Soup

To make an easy miso soup:

  1. Bring dashi (or stock) to a boil.
  2. Pour a small amount of hot stock into a cup and stir in miso paste until dissolved.
  3. Then reduce heat and add the miso paste mixture.
  4. Stir in desired add-ins and serve once heated through.
Step by step photos of making miso soup.

Tip

Never boil miso soup once you add miso paste, because it’ll lose its aroma and nutrients.

Types of Miso:

When shopping for miso paste, you’ll come across 2 main varieties of miso paste: white and red.

In a nutshell, white miso paste is milder and sweeter, while red miso paste has a stronger and funkier taste.

White and red miso pastes.

Tip

If you are new to miso paste, start with white miso paste for the milder flavor.

Miso Soup Add-In Ideas

As mentioned above, Japanese miso soup can be prepared in several different ways. Besides tofu, here’re other options to enrich your soup:

A bowl of miso soup with diced tofu and seaweed.

Serving Ideas:

Storing Homemade Miso Soup

Store leftover miso soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. To reheat, slowly warm it on the stove top.

Tip

Reheat miso soup and additional meat and vegetables separately.

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Easy Miso Soup Recipe FAQ

Is miso soup a healthy soup?

Miso soup is healthy. Miso paste is rich in nutrients and minerals and high in probiotics that supports healthy gut.

What’s the white stuff in miso soup?

It’s tofu! It’s a great addition to miso soup making it a protein packed soup.

What does miso taste like?

It tastes salty and earthy. Depending on what type of miso paste, the flavor varies from mild to strong.

Are you supposed to eat the seaweed in miso soup?

Absolutely!! Seaweed is totally edible and full of nutrients!

Why you should not boil miso soup?

Since miso is fermented food, it contains gut-healthy live probiotic properties that get destroyed if boiled. Also, boiling reduces miso flavor.

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Easy Homemade Miso Soup Recipe

A bowl of warm and nourishing miso soup is a perfect addition to any meal. And it's simple and easy to make it at home with just 2 ingredients!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dashi stock Note 1
  • 2-3 tablespoons red or white miso paste or a combination of two Note 2
  • 4 oz silken tofu cubed, optional
  • 2 green onions green portion only, thinly sliced, optional

Instructions 

  • In a large saucepan, bring the stock to a boil.
  • Once stock is boiled, turn the heat down to low. Transfer about 1 cup of stock to a cup and stir in miso paste. Stir until miso paste is fully dissolved.
  • Pour the miso mixture back into the stock.
  • Add tofu and green onion. Simmer gently for 2 minutes and serve. (TIP: Don’t bring the soup to a boil after adding miso paste!)

Tips & Notes

Note 1a: I often use this dashi granules (equivalent of chicken bullion) to make a quick dashi stock. Simply bring 4 cups of water to a boil and stir in 2 teaspoons of dashi powder.
Note 1b: You can also use chicken stock, or vegetable stock, or clam stock instead of dashi.
Note 2: White miso paste is milder, while red miso paste has a stronger taste. I prefer to use a combination of both. If you’re new to miso soup, I recommend buying white miso paste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 73kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1095mg, Potassium: 295mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 77IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 91mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: Japanese

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5 Comments

  1. I usually buy super firm tofu. Can this type be used in the soup? What’s the difference between super firms vs silken tofu? I’m going to order dashi and the seaweed now. I already have miso paste in fridge.

    1. Hi, Aurora. Firm tofu works perfectly for misu soup, as it won’t fall apart easily in the soup. Silken tofu has a delicate texture and can fall apart easily.

  2. 5 stars
    Sooooo I had purchased some dashi powder without realizing how much it smells like fish when you make it. I couldn’t do it soo I got some vegetable stock and made it that way. SOOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!
    Thank you for your recipe.