Miso Soup
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  • Food: Miso Soup

  • Writer: Alice

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Learn how to prepare soup at home! This simple recipe, which is bursting with a rich, umami taste, makes an excellent side dish, appetizer, or supper on its own.

If you adore miso soup, raise your hand! Same. The murky broth is hearty, nourishing, and intensely delicious. There is nothing I want more on a chilly, gloomy winter day. It relaxes me and makes me feel cozy from the inside out.

I used to exclusively eat this soup at Japanese restaurants. However, I became interested in Japanese cooking at home during my first trip to Japan. I prepared matcha, cooked soba noodles, and made the decision to try a soup dish.

I don’t know what I was anticipating, but I most definitely did not anticipate the procedure to be that straightforward. In less than 20 minutes, I had hot bowls of this soup on the table!

Now, our family always makes this soup. It is bursting with chewy seaweed, fresh scallions, and silky tofu and has a rich, savory, umami flavor.

You can eat it on its own or as a starter or side dish with your favorite Japanese dishes.


Miso Soup
Food: Miso Soup
Source: BBC

Making dashi comes first in every soup recipe. This Japanese broth just takes a few minutes to prepare in contrast to meat or vegetable soup stocks.

Dried kombu kelp and dried bonito flakes are used to make the dashi in traditional soup. I omit the bonito flakes to keep my recipe vegetarian. The kombu on its own provides the soup’s base with a ton of umami flavor.

You will also need the following ingredients to prepare this dish:

  • Miso paste: Miso paste is a fermented soybean paste that can be found in most grocery stores and Asian markets in the chilled area. Try to find white miso paste for this recipe. It has a softer, sweeter flavor that is wonderful in this straightforward soup because it has had less fermentation time than darker miso varieties, such as red miso.
  • Silken Tofu: When making soup, silken tofu is a need. I prefer to use extra-firm tofu when baking tofu. It virtually dissolves into a flavorful soup due to its incredibly smooth texture.
  • Wakame: In an Asian market, the Asian department of your grocery store, or online, you can find this dried seaweed called wakame. Do not be fooled by the appearance of 3 tablespoons being insufficient for a full pot of soup. The dried wakame will swell up dramatically if you soak it in some warm water.
  • Scallions: They give the soup a pleasant crunch and a sweet, oniony flavor.
  • Tamari: For providing! Till your soup has a flavorful savory balance, add a drop at a time.


Making this recipe for soup couldn’t be easier! What you must do is as follows:

Make the dashi first. The kombu should be thoroughly rinsed before being added to the water in a medium pot and simmering.

Don’t let it boil, please! The flavor of the kombu can turn bitter if you do. Remove and discard the kombu after 10 minutes.

Rehydrate the wakame in the meanwhile. Put it in a medium basin, then pour warm water over it. Give it a five-minute break. The rate of growth will amaze you!

Make the miso slurry next. Pour part of the hot dashi into a small bowl, then stir in the miso paste. Making a smooth, well-combined soup requires that you complete this step. Your soup will be lumpy if you skip it and add the miso straight to the pot.

The leftover dashi should then be mixed with the miso mixture. Tofu, green onions, and wakame are all added to the soup after the wakame has been drained.

Just reheat the soup by simmering it for a minute or two over extremely low heat. Don’t let it boil again! Miso is a food that has been fermented, therefore it is brimming with probiotics.

You won’t get some of the miso’s health benefits if you boil it because boiling kills these helpful microorganisms.

Enjoy the soup once it’s warmed up! I enjoy adding tamari to taste it.


This soup recipe can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or whole dinner. I typically serve it with cooked rice or soba noodles when I eat it as a main dish. I increase the number of vegetables if I want the soup to be even heartier.

The ingredients that work best here are Japanese turnips, shiitake mushrooms, radishes, carrots, kabocha squash, and greens like spinach or bok choy. They should be added to the dashi and simmered until fork-tender before the miso slurry is added.

When I serve this soup as an appetizer or side dish, I pair it with other dishes that are Japanese-inspired, like okonomiyaki or Tamago Kake Gohan.

For a fun sushi night at home, Jack and I also enjoy eating it with vegan sushi, shiitake maki, or avocado mango sushi.


Master the art of making soup at home! For a fun at-home sushi night, we adore serving this filling, delicious soup with shiitake maki.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Serves: 4


  • 1 (3-inch) piece of kombu
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons wakame dried seaweed
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • 6 ounces silken tofucubed
  • tamarito taste


Miso Soup
Food: Miso Soup
Source: BBC
  1. Rinse the kombu piece delicately. It should be put in a medium pot with the water and gently simmered for 10 minutes. The kombu flavor will become bitter if you allow it to boil.
  2. To rehydrate, soak the wakame for at least 5 minutes in a small basin of warm water.
  3. Take off the kombu from the soup. Once the miso paste and portion of the hot broth are thoroughly combined, whisk the mixture back into the soup.
  4. Add the tofu, onions, and drained wakame to the soup pot. For one to two minutes, simmer at extremely low heat. Tamari can be used to season food to taste.