15-Minute Miso Soup with Greens and Tofu

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Cutting board with bowls of our simple miso soup recipe

Sushi – I think it’s one of my love languages.

Sticky rice, spicy salmon, fresh vegetables, fiery wasabi, and salty soy sauce. And don’t even get me started on pickled ginger. Wasabi + soy + ginger = flavor bomb. I can barely handle it. Needless to say, John and I have put sushi on heavy rotation in our eating out options.

Sliced sheet of nori seaweed on a wood cutting board

One of my favorite parts of going out for sushi is miso soup.

It’s so warm and comforting and savory, with perfect little bites of tofu and seaweed in every scoop. Up until now I’ve reserved miso for times when we go out to eat. But when I was feeling a little under the weather recently, miso sounded soooo good to my achy stomach. That, along with a strong sushi craving, inspired me to create some of my own.

Miso paste and bowls of homemade miso soup

Origin of Miso Paste

The star of miso soup? Miso paste.

Miso was believed to have originated in China and later introduced to Japan more than 1,300 years ago by Buddhist priests. It was made with fermented mixtures of salt, grains, and soybeans and used as a way to preserve food during warmer months.

Miso has since became a staple in Japanese cuisine, and is made with a variety of ingredients including: Rice in the north, sweet white miso near the capitol of Kyoto, soy in the central Aichi prefecture, and barley in the south. (source

Miso is rich in minerals like zinc, copper, and manganese, as well as various B vitamins and vitamin K. Soy miso also contains phytonutrient antioxidants (source). And as a fermented food it also provides beneficial bacteria for the gut.

Miso paste can be found in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores and Asian markets. It may seem like an obscure ingredient to buy just for soup, but it’s affordable, incredibly healthy, and can be used in many other recipes like soups, salad dressings, marinades, and many Asian-inspired dishes. So, I found it a worthy addition to my pantry.

What is Miso Soup?

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made primarily of miso paste, dashi (broth), and additional ingredients such as vegetables, seaweed, and tofu.

How to Make Miso Soup

Traditionally, miso soup begins with a broth called “dashi,” made by soaking seaweed such as kombu in water and cooking with bonito flakes (flakes of dried fermented fish). Learn how to make your own here! However, ours is plant-based and made with vegetable broth, which is not traditional but it’s what we always have on hand.

Plate of chopped green onion and chard

How is This Recipe Different?

I wanted to keep my miso soup super simple and quick, but with a bit more emphasis on the greens. So I added some green chard and lots of green onion to the mix and couldn’t have been more pleased with the result!

This soup is bursting with miso flavor and delivers the perfect amount of tofu and seaweed in each bite. And for veggie lovers like me, there’s more than a full serving of greens in each bowl. Be still my heart.

Sauce pan of miso broth and cubes of tofu on a cutting board

How to Make Miso Soup

This simple 15-minute, 1 pan version begins with heating the vegetable broth.

The miso paste is whisked into a little hot water to get the clumps out. The result is a smooth and liquidy paste that gets added once the soup is removed from the heat. Set aside.

Next the chard, green onion, nori, and tofu are cooked in the broth briefly. Then it’s time to remove from the heat, add in the miso, taste test, and adjust the saltiness.

And that’s it! I see plenty of miso soup in our future.

Consider this recipe our inspired version. Find a more traditional guide to miso soup here!

Bowls of miso soup made with green onion and chard

We hope you LOVE this soup! It’s:

& Loaded with greens!

Miso soup pairs perfectly with homemade sushi (you don’t even need a sushi mat) or Eggplant & Almond Butter Tofu Bowls.

More Miso Recipes

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Bowls of our Traditional Miso Soup recipe

15-Minute Miso Soup with Greens and Tofu

An inspired take on Japanese miso soup with tofu, green onion, and loads of greens. Just 15 minutes from start to finish, and so flavorful and comforting.
Author Minimalist Baker
Bowl of Simple Miso Soup made with greens and tofu
4.79 from 147 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 (bowls)
Course Appetizer, Entree, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Japanese-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh


  • 4 cups vegetable broth (use dashi for more traditional miso soup // see notes above)
  • 1 sheet nori (dried seaweed // optional // cut into large rectangles // 1 sheet yields 1/4 cup)
  • 3-4 Tbsp white or yellow miso paste (fermented soy bean or chickpea paste) with or without bonito (fish flavor, though bonito makes it non vegan-vegetarian-friendly)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green chard or other sturdy green
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup firm tofu (cubed // use silken tofu for more traditional miso soup)


  • Place vegetable broth in a medium sauce pan and bring to a low simmer.
  • In the meantime, place miso (starting with lesser end of range) into a small bowl, add a little hot water and whisk until smooth. This will ensure it doesn’t clump when added to the soup later. Set aside.
  • To the broth add chard (or other greens of choice), green onion, and tofu (if using silken, add at the end of cooking) and cook for 5 minutes. Then add nori and stir. Remove from heat, add miso mixture, and stir to combine. 
  • Taste and add more miso or a pinch of sea salt if desired. Serve warm. Best when fresh.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with our homemade vegetable broth and the lesser amount of miso paste.
*Adapted from vegetarian.about.com

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 bowls Calories: 170 Carbohydrates: 22.3 g Protein: 13.6 g Fat: 5 g Saturated Fat: 0.7 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 1817 mg Potassium: 461 mg Fiber: 10 g Sugar: 9 g

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  1. Beth says

    I loooove miso soup! Although I’m 100% sure that this recipe would be excellent as written, I made some mods with items I had on hand. I subbed red miso and bok choy, added sauteed sliced mushrooms and garlic, doubled the amount of tofu, and I finished it with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and a little spoonful of tahini. Completely nontraditional, but it tasted really good–even my omnivore SO thought so. I think this could also be made into an amazing ramen-inspired soup!

  2. Kungaa Joseph says

    I had made this a few times but realized today that 3 tbs of miso for 2 bowls would be from Shiro miso 1260 gr of sodium. I was scared because of my blood pressure; have to cut sodium drastically; I used 1/2 tbs of miso; 1 tbs of Serivita soy sauce at 175 gr sodium for 1 tbs; and Coconut Dynamics coconut aminos 1.5 tbs. I love it. But do you know if there is a low sodium miso please let me know. Any time I go over 1000 gr of sodium my blood pressure rises

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kungaa, We’re not sure of a lower sodium brand of miso. One idea would be to use water instead of vegetable broth (or homemade, unsalted broth) to lower the sodium content of the soup. Hope that helps!

      • Kungaa Joseph says

        I use Edwards and Son low sodium non chicken bouillon-1 cube at 320 gr of sodium for recommending for 2 cups but I use 4 cups instead-no matter what the sodium is too high with the miso; I LOVE THE SOUP but it is a no no for me; forgive me for change it to adapt to my health needs

  3. Deidre says

    Made this today for the first time. Usually my husband is the miso soup maker so I was pleasantly surprised that this turned out so amazing! I LOVE the silken tofu in this and the instructions to use nori isn’t of unprocessed seaweed was a lifesaver. And adding in some greens (I used kale) is a great way for us to sneak in some veggies. SO GOOD will be making this again on a regular basis for sure! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  4. Marigold says

    SO GOOD. I’ve made this multiple times before, but today I made it with homemade veggie broth and I used bok choy as my green and it’s my best version yet! Love this recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad you enjoy it! Thank you for the lovely review, Marigold! Next time, would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  5. Dilshaad says

    My brother recently underwent surgery to remove his wisdom teeth and because of that he can’t eat solids and has been craving miso soup, unfortunately the restaurant we buy it from is quite a distance from us. After scouring the internet for recipes I came across this 15 minute Miso Soup recipe! I’m so impressed! It was quick AND fun to make and also it was a hit with the fam! I’ll definitely be making it again! Thank you!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it! Hope your brother is healing well! Thank you for sharing! Next time, would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  6. Marisa says

    Delicious & easy recipe! My bf always gets the miso before we go out for sushi, I started doing the same. He’s been run down from work and I wanted to make something a little special to cheer him up, while staying on the inexpensive side. I omitted the green onion & chard, instead adding mushrooms & spinach. Can’t wait to make this all the time! Miso paste is so economical.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! We love to hear this. Thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Marisa! xo

  7. elizabeth says

    this recipe is great! it was pretty fast to cook and made a great lunch! I used fish stock instead of vegetable stock since I didn’t have dashi, and I used yellow miso paste. the flavor of the soup is great, just like a sushi restaurant! definitely will be using again!


    Absolutely adored this!!! I love Miso soup and this recipe is delicious and so incredibly easy. I used a mix of nori, small chopped broccoli, baby carrots, cauliflower and green onion. I also prefer the mouth-feel of a firm tofu. I like a strongly flavored soup, so also used red miso and vegetable broth. Tossed in 1/2c of rice as well. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yumm, thanks for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Toni! We’re so glad you enjoyed the soup. xo

  9. Suzi says

    This is such a versatile recipe and I love it! I didn’t have all of the same ingredients so I used spinach for the greens, dashi and red miso. I also added white mushrooms. It was delicious both with and without noodles. I will definitely be making this recipe again.

    • Marie says

      I love that this recipe is plant based! I halved it and it turned out great! So quick and simple :) sipping it now and will definitely make it again!

        • Iliya Hamilton-Chinn says

          I needed something to fix my tummy this morning after having one too many glasses of wine last night. This soup fixed me right up ! I felt better in minutes. Thanks so much for this easy and quick and most importantly SUPER YUMMY recipe.

  10. alissa says

    this miso soup is so delicious! i used low sodium chicken broth because that’s what i had on hand, and i added lots of spinach & green onions & diced silken tofu – yum! plus it’s very gentle & soothing for my tummy :) i will definitely make this again.

  11. Isabelle says

    This was a great recipe, I made it for all my kids and they ate all of it. This was an easy and simple ways to enjoy miso soup, thank you!

  12. Leni Fleming says

    So good, and a comforting stomach-soother! I didn’t have any tofu but threw in some chopped shitake mushrooms. A great recipe.

  13. Danielle says

    Coming back for the review- this was excellent, as were your recommendations for what else to serve!
    I will say, I used light brown miso because it was what we had. Worked great!

  14. Karen says

    Great recipe, took a bit longer than 5 minutes but no more than 10 minutes overall. I added a few dried shitake mushrooms early on and omitted the nori as I had run out. really tasty miso and will definitely be doing this again.

  15. Danielle says

    This looks amazing for a meatless meal. I wonder, what do you think could be served with this? Soup, even with tofu, doesn’t tend to quite fill me and my husband up. Looking forward to making this and TIA!

  16. Lolana says

    I don’t want to give a rating until after I’ve tried this, so right now I just have a question. Is your choice of firm tofu over silken just a matter or your preference in texture (mouth-feel)? Or do you have another reason for preferring the firm tofu?

      • Margie says

        At 46, and a lover of miso soup at restaurants, I decided to find a recipe to make it myself. I’m so grateful I found Minimalist Baker’s recipe. It’s good and it helped me put to use that rainbow swiss chard from my csa box!!
        Personally, I used a local-to-me organic tofu (Fresh Tofu Inc). It’s soft and held up just fine in my opinion. I used gimMe organic roasted seaweed & it was lovely! Thank you!! This will be my weekly soup now, in February:)

  17. david roman says

    I air fried my tofu cubes then added them. I like the texture of my tofu that way. I also added bok choi, super simple, super yummy!

  18. Nikki says

    I just used vegetable broth and whisked the 3T miso paste into it while heating, then brought to a simmer. Poured over cubed tofu in my bowl and garnished with green onions. Very good and simple, thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Nikki. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  19. Vivi says

    Perfect vegan miso! I used water, a lot of seaweed (that was available at the local store), white miso, tofu (silken, medium or firm depending on what I have at the moment), green onion, and a bit of salt. I’ll add other greens that people mentioned in the comments to see how it going to turn out next time. This recipe is simple, quick, and very tasty! Thank you!

  20. Nicole says

    This is amazing and I’ll definitely be making it again. Although the broth was delicious as it was (although I didn’t have nori or sturdy greens to add), I bastardized it by adding ramen noodles and a little homemade kimchi. No regrets.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Nicole. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications!

  21. Natale says

    I made this using a homemade dashi with Bonita flakes and kombu for the broth. I also subbed mushrooms in for the tofu and fresh spinach as the greens because that’s what I had on hand. It was DELICIOUS. The proportions were perfect. I know I Can trust every recipe on this blog. It’s my go to! Thank you for posting!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

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  22. its me says

    Your website bombards a viewer with so many ads that it is too annoying to spend any time even looking at your recipes. I’ll certainly remember to never visit your website again.

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  23. anon says

    I made this recipe with spinach instead of chard and I added soba noodles, which created a dish in-between a typical noodle dish and a soup. It was so fulfilling and very delicious! Also very nutritious too with the protein from the tofu and the green vegetables. My family all wanted a second portion.

    • Mika says

      It’s also made with bonito flakes, but who cares :) Don’t like it? Make your own and stop complaining about people who change recipes.

  24. Gloriaf Nova-Fuson says

    I must’ve gone wrong somewhere. I used Roland’s brand White Miso Paste. Although it’s labelled white, it looks like a burgundy red in the sealed bag. Looking it up on line afterwards, that is what it is supposed to look like. The nori I used was crumbled when dry. I used chopped spinach as the sturdy green vegetable, and green onion from my garden, extra firm cubed tofu. It was really bad, I almost had a bit of stomach upset from it. I thought it would be light, but it was very heavy. My husband suggested thinning it out with water. I had used 4 TPSP of miso, but that made it worse. I’m interested in knowing what I could’ve done wrong. Seemed so simple and straightforward.

  25. Brooke says

    Sooooooo good. Perfect comfort food. I added 1.5 cups spinach instead of the chard. Seriously going to make this every week. Thank you, Dana!

  26. Fawn says

    This was my very first time making miso soup but I really wanted to try cause I’ve just been craving it but can’t get it due to quarantine right now. This was DELICIOUS!!! I even added in 2 teaspoons of a Bonito Soup Stock dashi that I was lucky enough to find! I also grabbed a packet of dried shiitake mushrooms and thinly sliced them after re-hydrating them and added them in towards the end. The result was freaking amazing, I loved it, my boyfriend loved it and I have lots of extra miso/dashi/nori to make more if I want. Thank you for the awesome recipe! :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Fawn! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications!

  27. Yuri A. says

    Nori is not typically used in miso soup, like at all. But the best substitute that I’ve found when I cannot find an Asian market to buy wakame (which is what is typically used instead) is kale. Finely sliced white onion works really well with white miso.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Yuri, this recipe is not traditional, but is our inspired version. We used nori because it’s easier to find. Feel free to use whatever type your prefer!

  28. Wendy Taylor says

    Made these and everyone loved them!! Added chicken breast to some for the non vegans in the family. Dipped in sweet Thai chili sauce and the blend of salty and sweet/spicy sauce was sooooo yum!!! But….. I quadrupled the recipe and have a ton of the noodle mix left over. Question-can I freeze the soba noodle mix for a quick wrap option another day? Hoping 🙏🙏 lol

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Wendy! As for freezing, I think so but we haven’t tried it! Let us know if you do!

  29. Crash says

    A great recipe! I made some modifications due to missing some of what was needed and just trying some additional flavors:
    • I was out of vegetable stock, so I used chicken stock.
    • Was out of white miso sauce, so I used red.
    • Added half a yellow onion, sliced thin; one small carrot, sliced thin and diagonally; used spinach instead of chard. Used two cups of spinach leaves, shredded. Cut the dried seaweed into thin 1″ strips.
    • Sauteed a small handful of regular button mushrooms in a skillet with butter and olive oil, sprinkled with porcini powder after cooking). Added to the recipe near the end.

  30. Rebeckah says

    Really enjoyed this recipe! It has a cozy, rich flavor. I added 4x the amount of greens (I used kale) and added soba noodles to round it out, so there was a low broth-to-veggie/noodle ratio, but the flavors were amazing and it was a hardy meal.

  31. Sandra says

    Thank you! Great recipe. To be honest, I am very familiar with traditional Japanese Miso soup. However I do not like dashi (konbu) nor do I like Nori. I wanted a non-traditional recipe and yours was perfect. Just wanted a non-dashi base and needed to know ratios. Thank you!!! Just perfect :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad this recipe was what you were hoping for! Thanks so much for sharing, Sandra!

  32. Maisie says

    For your version of the vegetable broth, how many servings do we need to make for 950ml of it for this?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      ~4. But we’d recommend making a full batch and freezing leftovers for future use!

  33. Lauren says

    I see your recipe calls for firm tofu, if I substitute with silken tofu, do you think the cooking times would change? I LOVE Miso soup and am very anxious to make this!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lauren, we don’t think it will hold together well, but cooking for less time might help. Let us know if you try it!

    • Emma Daly says

      Hi Lauren,

      I used a firm silken tofu. I chopped it in to tiny cm cubes, and just put it in at the end and I loved it.😁

  34. Leila says

    Hey, wanted to make this tonight but forgot to buy miso, is there anything I can replace it with?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, unfortunately we aren’t sure of a sub. It’s pretty key for flavor here.

  35. Joey Ma says

    Tip: Roasted nori is not meant for soup, you lose the flavor and texture. It’s meant to be eaten dried as is. The seaweed use for soup is dried!

  36. Donna says

    I had to comment since the last one said she had just made kimchee. I JUST put more cabbage in my all-ready-5-year-old batch(it is now so hot that just opening the lid makes your eyes water) and I hear ya on the cabbage!!! So I made this to use that cabbage up! I added kale I have growing and shiitake, plus the tofu, of course! Amazing recipe! Love it!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Donna! Love the modifications- thanks for sharing!

  37. Erin says

    Oh WOW! So so so good. I have been eating so much carb heavy foods since I have been stuck at home and this was the perfect antidote…

    I added one package of some Trader Joe’s seaweed snacks which soften almost instantly and added A TON of frozen spinach instead of chard…had to work with what I had :)

    Still came out great!

  38. Heidi says

    This is SO easy and delicious. I’ve now made this for the 4th time since self-isolating. I’ve just now run out of tofu and scallions and don’t know when I will get them again, but have been REALLY appreciating this tasty soup as long as it’s lasted. For the base I used Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon Powder. I never had any leafy greens to add (as we’re not going out shopping,) but the soup was excellent regardless, and foolproof IMO. This will become a staple in my rotation. ENJOY!

  39. eevee says

    I made this….kinda.

    I made this using hon-dashi instant dashi over the veggie broth. 2tsp dashi powder + 2 cups warm water, stir til blended. I also used some napa cabbage I happened to have in my fridge instead of the chard (I made kimchi last week, and still have SO MUCH CABBAGE! I found this to be a good use of it). I was craving ramen, so I added the noodles from a package of instant ramen towards the end. Honestly, this recipe was a great jumping off point for one of the best bowls of soup I have ever made for myself. I had no idea miso was this simple or accessible, and it really hit the spot for the miso I’ve wanted from the sushi joint since the quarantine began.

  40. Rachel says

    I had some tofu left over after making miso ramen for the family so I used this recipe to make miso soup for lunch. Fantastic ! Very rich broth. May cut it with some water next time because it came out pretty salty.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that! We wonder if the veggie broth and/or miso paste was extra salty? Next time, maybe use half water and half veggie broth.

  41. Addy says

    I found your recipe while looking for Kim hi recipes and it sounded so good so I tried it out and my mouth went to heaven it was so good??

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Addy. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  42. Judith McCombe says

    Quick to put together…and delicious. I added some kombu shitake dashi (sachets) stock…very more-ish.
    No leftovers

  43. Susan says

    We had sushi for dinner in our favorite place and of course Miso soup. My daughter says oh I love this soup, I’d eat it everyday.Can we make this mom… So still sitting there we found your recipe. Went to the store and bought the ingredients. We have made a batch… It’s perfect.! So good in fact that she is going to take it to school tomorrow in a thermos. We changed nothing. This recipe is perfect. Thank you for sharing. :)

  44. Suzanne Roth Fulton says

    This hit the spot after recovering from a stomach virus. Yum! I used the dark miso that I had and used lots of nori. I feel healed!

  45. Rebecca Campbell says

    I used a base of chicken broth that I previously made myself and had frozen. I added the seaweed, some slender white chinese mushrooms and some fat noodles to please the family, plus the green onions and some ginger garlic paste I made for something else. I used about 4 tablespoons of miso. I had to add a little salt as my broth was unsalted. To garnish I had some greens, thai basil and some soft boiled eggs. This recipe was a useful guide for proportions and how to add the miso paste.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your additions, Rebecca. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  46. Donna Stassel says

    This was an excellent recipe but not hearty enough for my husband. However, I added some noodles and it was perfect.
    Thank you.

  47. Kirsten says

    We absolutely loved this recipe! I have been craving a giant bowl of miso soup (one much bigger than the tiny bowl from sushi restaurants—haha) and this hit the spot. Very exciting/empowering to realize I can make my favorite sushi restaurant side dish from the comfort of home, where it’s as easy to make as it is to basically just drink. So yummy!!!

  48. Trinity says

    This was so good! Better than my favorite restaurant’s! I doubled the seaweed because I love seaweed. Also my broth reduced quite a bit from the simmering, so might cook it with the lid on next time. Thanks for the recipe! Definitely 6/5 stars if possible.

  49. Diann McBee says

    Amazing! I tweaked somewhat to add bits and bobs of veggies in my fridge…about 1/2 c thinly sliced mushrooms, same for some broccodli and cauliflower leftovers. Added those at same time as green onions and tofu along with some rice noodles. No kale, so added chopped fresh spinach at end with miso paste.

    This basic recipe is so versatile! Definitely a “keeper,” as we say in our family.

    PS More than enough for two servings each for my husband and me.

  50. Wendy Leberman says

    Easy, savory and delicious! It’s a snowy morning and this is perfect for breakfast. Didn’t have any vegetable broth so I used chicken broth. Added mushrooms, green onion, tofu and a bit of fish sauce and garlic chilli sauce. YUM!

  51. Alyssa says

    It’s kind of disappointing that this recipe is being used to teach so many people about Miso Soup, and is acting as an authority on it. With so much reach and influence you should at least write into the notes how real authentic miso soup is made, and that this is your take on it.

    Miso soup should always have Dashi as the broth base.

    The reason that so many are saying they cut the vegetable broth in half is because it tastes wrong to them. Use a dashi broth and it’ll be good.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Alyssa, this is meant to be a quick, simple way to make miso soup. But yes, dashi could be subbed in place of the broth!

      • Ross says

        Dana, I believe the point is that this truly is not miso soup at all. The base absolutely needs to be dashi, the tofu should be silken, and the seaweed used needs to be dried (ideally wakame), not roasted nori. Roasted nori should not be put into liquid or broth, as it will swiftly dissolve. It’s disappointing that you’ve seemingly omitted and/or ignored the traditional and true Japanese recipe. I see that you mentioned dashi, but there are plenty of easy vegetarian/vegan friendly ways to make it. It can be as simple as soaking dashi kombu in water.q I can appreciate making a recipe easier or putting your own spin on it, but this is at best an American-Japanese fusion style mock miso soup, and should be advertised in that way. A more appropriate response would be that broth could perhaps be subbed in place of dashi if dashi is not accessible to you, but it will change the flavor significantly.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Ross, I appreciate the feedback. We’re actually going through old recipes and making changes such as this to recipes that claim to be close to “traditional” and aren’t. We’ll be making changes soon – it just takes time as we have 1000+ recipes. Thanks again!

    • S Hummel says

      I specifically looked up Miso soup without dashi. I’m happy to find a recipe with such great reviews that can accommodate my diet and my ability to get ingredients. Thanks!

    • Rebecca Campbell says

      The author of this blog is very kind. I would have been very annoyed at the unwarranted criticism dished out. If they’re so disappointed, where is their tutorial on miso soup. Sheesh.

  52. RBR says

    Made this a couple time now! Delicious. First time i added yellow onion. Second time i did not have anything but green onions and tofu- still amazing. Keeps okay in the fridge if eaten within a couple of days. Happy to have it in my regular rotation!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoy it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  53. Molly says

    This soup is so yummy! After reading some comments I decided to use half veggie broth and half water. I used 3 tbsp of miso and added bok choy, enoki mushrooms and silken tofu. Perfect!!!

  54. Tom Stuart says

    I made this to go with lunch. Quick fried ahi poke on shredded cabbage along with miso soup. Great on a rainy day.

  55. Kate says

    It was good. Kind of bland but in no way was it bad. I made it with only green onion and tofu. However, I don’t recommend using vegetable broth or at least dilute it with water because it can be really over powering.

  56. Retinna says

    I started chemotherapy on October 7th. Naturally, it’s been pretty hard to find recipes that included things I could actually get down that are healthy. But this PRECIOUS post has made a difference in my life. I made some Miso on Tuesday and gobbled it up quickly. It remained in my tummy! The recipe opens itself up to so many different ingredients and tastes that it has quickly become a favorite go-to! In fact, I am linking to this post on my own blog so that other cancer patients can experience its joys!
    Thanks so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Retinna. So glad you enjoyed it. Happy we can bring a little comfort to you in this season of life!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Natalie, we think the texture of the veggies and tofu would be unpleasant if frozen and reheated. But if you give it a try, let us know how it goes!

  57. Sarah says

    I like to make a big pot of soup and have it for lunches through out the week. This looks delicious but I see it doesn’t keep well. Do you have any suggestions for variations or waiting to add some ingredients that would keep better? Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great question, Sarah! We think you could combine the miso and veggie broth and prep the veggies/tofu in advance. Then reheat broth and add everything else for ~5 minutes just before serving. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  58. Nicole Toole says

    Thank you for the miso soup recipe! My husband was feeling a bit under the weather this week, so it came at a perfect time. I made the recipe as instructed. I chose to use the miso with bonito, and added 1/2 cup sliced baby bellas when I added the other veggies. We were very satisfied, and will definitely make it again. I know this was listed as best when fresh, but we did have leftovers the following afternoon, the soup was cloudy, but flavor was still good! Maybe next time I’ll get ambitious and make homemade sushi :) Thanks again Dana!

  59. Charlotte Bongalon says

    I made this tonight. Skipped the chard, used regular water instead of stock, added 1-2 more tablespoons of miso paste because 3-4 was tasteless. I used Miko brand mild miso paste ( 30% less sodium). Also sprinkled salt to taste. I currently rent out one of the rooms in my house to a japanese student from Tokyo and he said it was perfect. I didn’t even use dashi (japanese stock). I thought it was salty but he said it is how it is supposed to be in Kapan Japan!! I didn’t mean to impress him,I just wanted him to have miso soup lol.

  60. Phil The Brit says

    Thanks. This is very similar to a recipe my dear departed used to make and it’s great. Quick, easy and soul-warming on a cold wintery day.
    For variety, I use leek instead of green(spring) onion/scallion, spinach instead of chard, and I add a few grinds of black pepper and a pinch of ground ginger for that extra zing. I allow 15 minutes simmering as the leeks are thicker than the green onions. I also use the dark brown genmai miso as it’s nice and salty and you don’t need to blend it separately, just squeeze it straight into the hot stock from the pack.
    I always do the vegan version and have two big bowls, so you really need to double this recipe if you want to share!

    • Elissa says

      Maybe use half the amount of vegetable broth, I followed the directions exactly and this isn’t very miso flavored. Also putting it in last doesn’t make sense. The seaweed should probably be put in last too. Disappointed

  61. SanFranSoul says

    I used this recipe to make ramen- I’ve bee searching for something that tastes authentic and close to what I’ve had in restaurants! This was the best and closest I’ve found. It was so tasty and satisfying! Used spinach instead of chard. Can’t wait to make again!

  62. Yut says

    This isn’t how (genuine) miso soup is made at all, so I find your choice of ingredients interesting. You’re supposed to use silken tofu, not firm, and you’re supposed to use wakame, not nori. But yeah, I guess you could use vegetable broth if you want (actual broth should be dashi: made with Bonito flakes and kelp). Inaka style (country style) miso soup uses a mushroom based broth instead though.

    • Virginia Renata Gomez says

      Thank you for the more authentic way. The way done above can be used for vegan folks, also tasty & fast. I eat miso soup for gut health.

  63. Dani M. says

    Absolutely delicious. Gonna be more careful with the veggie broth next time. Came out a little too salty for my taste, but it was super yummy. Added mushrooms and then some spinach at the very end. Served with some seasoned rice. I’m super pleased with this and I’ll be making it again soon. Thank you for such a simple, tasty meal.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad you enjoyed it, Dani! Feel free to use half veggie broth & half water next time for less salty broth. Thanks for sharing!

  64. Elaine Jennings says

    This has become one of my top favorites, I use the red miso and spinach, otherwise same ingredients, bake the tofu first ( see Cookie & Kate’s baked tofu) & sprinkle with sesame seeds..I love it & it’s a big hit at work too!

  65. Karl says

    Close but not quite. The main ingredients of miso are the miso, bonito stock/konbu stock, green onion and tofu. If you want vegan friendly then use kombu and make a stock (only takes 5 min after a rolling boil) and a dash of soy. if not just use dashi miso + hotwater and make it right into your bowl.

  66. Boston BB says

    I made this with white, yellow miso and red at different times. The yellow had a different flavor profile, I found it added a faint sweetness that wasn’t in the white. The red holds up to the soba noodles well but without the noodles the flavor profile was overwhelming the soup due to the deeper, earthiness of it. I also tossed a handful of cole slaw style cabbage shreds in lieu of the chard the first time I made it. When I made it with swiss chard I felt it had a sweetness, also omited the nori in that one. Thank you for all the great recipes and inspiration shared.

  67. Emily says

    I have some red miso paste in my fridge from another recipe and I was wondering if it would be possible to use it in this recipe instead of white miso paste. I know that red miso paste is stronger and saltier so maybe I could just use less of it? Thanks!

  68. Susan McLaughlin says

    I made this last night when I had a fever and it was very comforting. Easy to make. I added a kelp seasoning blend. May have used too much kale, but it was good.

  69. Rose Crombie says

    First time that I have made miso soup. Super delicious and easy to make.
    I added fine noodles when I added baby greens from my garden.
    Thank you so much!

  70. Sara says

    I used this recipe as a base to make a ramen type dish and it was lovely! I used tempeh as I had no tofu, I added some sliced mushrooms fried in garlic and ginger and added a sliced chilli for some spice. I then simmered with rice noodles for a few mins…delicious!

  71. Mary Pat Allen says

    I have made this recipe 10-15 times in the last couple of months. It is DELICIOUS and just makes you feel good. I use kale for the greens. It’s yummy with udon noodles, too!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks, Mary Pat! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers! xo

  72. Francine says

    Thank you for this delicious recipe.
    The only addition was a chopped green chilli I put at the bottom of the bowl before adding the cooked soup.
    I used ? kale because that is what I had in the fridge.
    It was so easy, I cooked it and had it for lunch while preparing a Moroccan veg stew for dinner.
    I actually ate the entire pan of the miso soup in two helpings, one immediately after the other. That is how good it is!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Miso is definitely best when fresh, but a couple days might be okay. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!

  73. Mary says

    I made this today for lunch and had to sub with a 1/4c white onion (since I didn’t have green onion). I cooked it in a pan first then added it as the same time you suggested adding the green onion. My nori broke apart so I will probably add that later next time. Added a brick of millet and brown rice ramen as well. It was delicious! Thank you!

  74. Lisa says

    This soup is fantastic! My first time making miso soup… I ate the entire pot myself.
    I used spinach instead of chard because it’s what I had on hand. Topped with a splash of tamari for extra flavour. Tasted just like I’ve had at sushi restaurants. Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lisa. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  75. SJ says

    I tried miso soup for the first time last weekend from a chain called Teriyaki Experience, and loved it so I decided to buy some white miso paste and try it on my own. What I made (NOT this recipe, just a simple “traditional Japanese Miso” quick YouTube video) did not taste like what I had at the fast food place, and it got me thinking that I likely didn’t get the “real” miso experience, and had set my expectations up all wrong. When I made my own, (4 cups of water and 4 tbsp for white miso paste, it smelled very “beerish” – I suppose from there fermented beans. I’m wondering if someone could somehow illuminate for me, through mere text, if this is the way miss SHOULD taste? For reference, the miso I had at the fast food place tasted very savory, salty and kind of reminded me of the over processed Mr. Noodles with the flavor packet? Only “smoother”? (That’s the best way I can think to describe it).
    I will be using this recipe when I try it again , because I always love MB recipes, and they never disappoint. Just trying to get some clues as to how it should taste, since my two experiences we’re so different.

    • Bettie says

      I’m about to use the recipe above (6 ingredient recipe) but also have interest in your questions. It’s a pity that your comment remains unanswered even when others go answered… :(

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      SJ, the flavor will depend directly on the broth and miso you use. We recommend using Imagine brand vegetable broth and a Miso Master Chickpea Miso for best results!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          You can use water, as the recipe suggests. Or, for more robust flavor you can use vegetable or chicken broth!

          • Krystal says

            I didn’t like the flavour of vegetable broth. The next time I’ll try chicken and hopefully it taste better.

          • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Krystal, sorry to hear it didn’t turn out well. Make sure to start with a broth you have used before and enjoy for best results.

    • Gail says

      When you make ‘Traditional’ Miso, you first simmer Bonito Flakes. This is what gives your soup the smokey flavor that you were missing but only using the miso. You can find those in the dry section of your local Asian store. Simmer the flakes, then strain the broth using cheese cloth Add your greens or whatever other ingredients you are using. Then add the miso paste. Hope this helps!

  76. keli honsberger says

    Thank you for such an easy recipe! My son and husband loved it so to me, that’s a win!

    I also did find that it needed a bit more flavor so I added an extra sheet of nori and then created a topping of crushed nori and sesame seeds. I also added a splash of Tamari. To bulk it up for dinner I served it all over steamed brown rice. Yum!

  77. Alice Riccabona says

    I made this recipe and it came out beautifully. My nori broke apart a little more than I wanted it to, so next time I’ll probably put it in the recipe closer to the end, or cut it in bigger pieces. I doubled the recipe and used firm silken tofu, and added about 1 tsp of sea salt. Everyone gobbled it up!

  78. Bailey says

    This was really delicious and warming. One of my pregancy cravings has been brothy soups. I ended up just using the entire bunch of chard so it was heavy on the greens. I added a few more cups of water to thin it out and more miso to taste. I always wanted to try using miso paste. This was my first recipe with it and I can’t wait to try it some more!

  79. Alex Black says

    I love miso soup, and have been wanting to make it at home for a long time now! Ty for the recipe! I have some vegetarian friends and it is pretty hard to find vegetarian friendly recipes. Ty again!

  80. Jdh212 says

    I have made this recipe four times. I absolutely love it. Hubs orders sushi takeout and while we wait I whip this up and we have a little appetizer before the food comes. I have used Lacinto kale instead of spinach, perfect sub. Tonight I didn’t have tofu so I used thinly sliced crimini mushrooms, also a perfect sub. Will continue to make this for a long time to come!

  81. David L Chorney says

    I always make my own Dashi, living in Hawaii the ingredients are easy to get. I also make my own sushi. The kitchen is my domain. I love to cook, I usually have a bowl of miso for breakfast, along with udon noodles, quick and easy.

  82. David says

    This is a great recipe, but beware of calling it healthy. Each bowl has 1,000 mg of sodium, which is 200 mg shy of half of your daily allowance for salt.

    • Debbie says

      I use Kirkland stock(Costco) which has a lower sodium content and water knowing that miso is high in sodium. Plenty of flavor still.

  83. itsamoosething says

    My first go at Miso eggs. Miso paste wrapped the hard-boiled egg in a covering of Miso then in the fridge for 4 hours. Wow! wonderful flavor. Came here to find out how to use the miso once it is used to wrap the eggs. Looking forward to the soup made from the leftover miso combined with some greens from the garden. Thanks

  84. Cate says

    Simple and so easy to modify with different veggie, sauces, etc. We will make this recipe again, probably slightly different each time for fun. Thanks!

  85. jennifer Bentley says

    I just made this because I am on the Atkins diet but after researching about miso I learned that it has a very high sodium content and that may lead to sugar cravings,
    Your thoughts?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jennifer, we haven’t heard of that. But if you are concerned, you could use less miso, vegetable broth, and/or salt- though it won’t be as flavorful. Keep in mind that miso soup has been consumed as part of Japanese cuisine for a long time!

  86. Peta says

    This soup is amazing! I added a chicken stock flavour shot to the water and used tuscan kale as the green and at the end i added a half spoon of crushed garlic and a spoon tip of sesame oil at the end. I’m definetly adding this to my regular menu

  87. Susan Cleary says

    Miso never requires added salt! Miso by it’s very nature is vert salty…I always buy the reduced sodium light miso. It is still plenty salty. I would consider modifying your instructions about the option of adding sea salt.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Banni, since making this recipe I also realized cooking miso is unnecessary, so I just updated the recipe! Hope that helps.

      • John Blank says

        Didn’t know about not boiling miso. I make the soup with stock (not fish – doesn’t agree with me) and first I “kill” some onion and garlic, then put that into the miso plus stock and simmer. Meanwhile I cook the Japanese noodles. Put the noodles in the serving bowl, throw in some cut up greens and green onion, and pour soup over it. I usually add some rice vinegar and sesame oil, and squeeze in a bit of lime. Not really traditional Japanese but delicious.

  88. rcksn says

    i think you should try including dashi into the soup
    kombu dashi is great and keeps it vegan/vegetarian friendly
    if you arent a vegan or vegetarian you could also add dashi made of bonito
    and instead of using nori, i like using wakame instead. they arent hard to find (usually in dried form).

    although its entirely up to you what you want to do with your food, as these are just some suggestions.

  89. Rose says

    Im 28y.o. and I love this. I’m also Australian just so you know… I even ate some today that’s how much of a fan I am. I always have this in my kitchen!! Definitely in my top 3!

  90. Kortiz says

    Thank you. I made this for the first time and it was amazing. It was also the first time tasting it. I added mushrooms.

  91. Susie says

    This recipe was AMAZING! We’re not feeling well and saw this on your site. I’m glad I doubled the recipe! It will be a regular in our house! I used red miso, great flavor. You never let me down with your recipes. I cook plant based. Your my favorite plant based chef!

  92. Shiro says

    First of all, you recipe looks beatiful. I love the artistic pictures on this post.
    I love making miso soups and I am wondersing what kind of miso do you use on this recipe?
    The plasic package looks like one from Marukome, but I am not sure.
    Have you tried miso paste from Miyasaka?
    They don’t list the pastes on the site(strange), but their pastes are great. It’s worth to check it out.

  93. Laura says

    Thank you for sharing this variation of miso. This food has a medicinal vibe for me. I always feel like I am treating myself when enjoying miso. It is an earthy delight that I need to enjoy more often. This is simple and quick. Your pictures were wonderful, I am headed to the Asian grocery and making some with bok choy.

  94. Susan says

    Made this last night for supper and it was quite tasty. I am fairly new to cooking with miso. I used a bit over 3 tbs of white miso paste, and next time, might increase for a bit more flavor. No chard so substituted fresh chopped spinach, and liked. I did not use tofu, so added very thin sliced chicken breast meat. Also cooked a packet of Koyo ramen noodles and added to the soup (along with the Asian Vegetable spice packet. Thanks for a great and easy recipe for a winter’s night!

  95. Christina says

    Not sure why I never made miso before!!! I didn’t have the greens or nori to put in mine and it still tasted great. I bought the miso paste at whole foods for about 5 dollars and I can’t wait to make other recipes with miso now!
    …I added some cooked soba noodles also and ate it as my whole meal.

  96. BobW says

    Very Good recipe.
    I always like Miso Soup as a winter time “warm up” dish, although it’s good all year round.
    My basic ingredients are water, scallion, daikon radish, shiitake mushroom, tofu, and seaweed.

  97. Liz says

    Great recipe! I love making miso soup, and needed a refresher. Always pleasantly surprised how simple it is.

    I substituted Tofunafysh sauce (vegan, and made right here in Portland), and it was a great vegan substitute! (I omitted the seaweed).

    I quickly stir fried the green onions and tofu in a dash of avocado oil and Fysh Sauce before adding the water. I added a few extra shakes at the end along with a small handful of green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Perfect for a winter evening.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Liz. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  98. Monia says

    I’m surprised that you don’t use or make dashi for your soup recipe. Most Japanese cooking requires or uses dashi…. not just water. You need to use Bonito (fish) shavings or flakes soaked with nori to make dashi. If you only use water, you miss out on the true taste of miso soup. You might want to give it a try (making the dashi) it isn’t difficult and it’s more accurate (traditional).

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Monia! We went for a simpler version with this recipe, but for a more traditional version that certainly sounds like a great suggestion!

  99. Carol Hawkinson says

    This is the most delicious, easy and quick to make soup ever. I’ve actually had it 3 out of the last four days either for breakfast or supper! And I can see much miso soup in my future! Thank you Soo much for this fabulous recipe. (Oh, and it’s a bit different time depending what I have in my veggie drawer.) Yum-o-rama!

  100. Michael Allison says

    You can buy a Japanese product called “Hondashi.” It’s a powdered Bonito soup base. Another ingredient in traditional Miso soup is cooking sake known as “Mirin.”

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sheila, it is normal for the broth to not be completely clear. The miso paste adds a cloudiness.

  101. mick says

    Yes this is correct. Once you have boiled your other ingredients, then turn off the heat. Add miso paste as it cools slightly then serve. Miso can be fish, soya or even fermented rice which are all produced in different parts of Japan. The live bacteria will not exist in dried packets. The miso is one of the well publicised super foods but only if you haven’t killed all the good bacteria produced by fermentation.

  102. Daniel says

    Hi! I was planning on making this but then I saw some of the ingredients. I was wondering if I had to add chard.

    Thank you!!!

  103. olivia says

    I always come back to this recipe as a base for my miso soups – great proportions of ingredients! – and am doing so again tonight for a broccoli/mushroom/smoke tofu miso soup with a few udon noodles thrown in for good measure.
    I also always use nori, red miso paste, as well as a generous couple of tbsps of grated fresh ginger to the broth, which gives is a great zing!

  104. Patty says

    I was about to say the same thing but scrolled through comments first because I was pretty sure someone else would point that out. Very important not to boil miso.

  105. Steve Dunnington-Hughes says

    Prior to visiting Hawaii a few years ago I don’t recall ever having miso soup. For that entire week I had it every day at breakfast. Taking it in, it seemed both delicious and medicinal; in that its light feel and taste seemed as though it must be cleansing. A real delight for someone who prefers a savory vs. sweet morning meal. I do struggle to enjoy or even tolerate nori, therefore I very much like the idea of supplementing with collard greens or char. My only “fear” with all of the additions / changes is that at some point this is no longer the light “pick me up” appetizer side dish and begins to enter the realm of becoming an entrée.

  106. Mary Slokar says

    I just ate my 1st bowl & I feel soooo good! I used bok choy instead of swiss chard. I also tweaked it with the pepper grinder.

  107. Marion Hayward says

    If you are being treated for breast cancer, just be a little careful with foods containing soy if you are being treated with letrozole or other anti-hormones. Soy contains phytoestrogen and is one of the foods that should be eaten in moderation. As in, not two cups, and not every day.

  108. Tim says

    Great Soup! We added a bit of chili paste to punch it up a bit. I’m curious about the sodium content in your nutritional information section. Does it really have that much sodium?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tim, the sodium content will vary based on the brand of vegetable broth, miso, and how much/whether salt is added. Miso tends to be a higher sodium food.

  109. Jes says

    I just made this for dinner, it was quite nice. I added a couple of florets of broccolini and a cube of Massel vegetable stock, plus a little bit more water.

    It was crunchy, salty, and very tasty. Thank you :-)

  110. Shirlene says

    Thrilled to have found this recipe – I added a bit more miso to the pot after my first bowl, and now it’s perfect! Love the chard!

  111. Nikolai says

    I make my food in bulk for the week so I don’t run out of time and end up eating garbage, would this soup keep for a week? If not, about three days?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! Not sure, but miso is definitely best when fresh. A couple days should be okay but a week may be a little long.

  112. Tania says

    Been dying to make some homemade miso soup, but for the bonito, do we add it in with the miso paste or at another time?

  113. DjSir says

    What a great and easy to make, recipe?! Thanks for this, new find(miso paste). Here, in Norway, you can only find this in the World Market store. Now that I have almost a kilo of this paste, I’m on a mission to find varying recipes to use this with. By the way, this turned out super for our taste buds and easy on our digestive systems.

      • J.B.Kingsbury says

        :) I’ll try to be more specific in the future.

        Would canning this soup change the properties and/or texture of the soup; for example, would the tofu disintegrate, would the miso taste change, anything along those lines?

        Would it be safe?

        • Stig says

          I was reading this enjoyable thread and actually made my first miso soup, prior to which made dashi, of course and all worked nicely. Lots of pointers from this thread so this canning question is so unexpected as to make me think LBK did not read it, really.
          Let’s see, canning takes some 15 to 20 minutes, boiling at 100 Celsius so, no, the soup will retain all its miso-derived bacterial culture and taste and retain freshness indefinitely. Should be safe, too, for an extended stay on the ISS.

  114. Annie says

    Hi! I have an allergy to seaweed, but seeing as it keeps coming up in so many recipes that catch my eye these days, I think I really need to find a good substitute. I’ve googled this several times, but the only topics that come up are all about allergies, no suggestions for substitutions. Please tell me you know of something that can go in its place?! ?? Thanks in advance!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Annie, you can sub for more greens! Won’t provide quite the same flavor, but will work for texture!

  115. Jen @ sweetgreenkitchen.com says

    I made a variation of this last night for dinner and my family loved it! I started by simmering kombu and thinly sliced ginger in a medium pot of water, then added in some shaved daikon & carrots, thinly sliced scallions and sliced baby bok choy. Then after turning off the heat mixed in 1 Tbsp dark miso and 1 Tbsp white miso then topped it off with some fresh scallions. This made enough for 4 of us. It was so easy and so delicious. Thanks to Dana and many of the commenters for inspiring me to finally make my own miso soup at home, declared better than we get from restaurants by my family!

  116. Niels says

    In my enthusiasm about the dashi, I forgot to tell you a much important thingy,

    Your recipe is wonderful and well made, but you cannot call it miso soup because it does not meet the true meaning of miso soup. So you need to figure out another name for this kind of soup.

    I hope this will help you to figure out how to cut between authentic thingies and new made thingies :)



  117. Niels says

    Hi Dana and everyone!

    I agree with some of the above comments that it is very very very important to make Dashi!!!

    Dashi and miso are bound to each other and cannot be separated!

    I want to share with you my way of making a perfect dashi. It takes most of the time, but when finished, the miso soup can be made in less then 10 minutes :).

    – Ingredients for non vegetarian dashi: Kombu/konbu (dried brown seaweed), Niboshi (dried sardines) and Katsuobushi (dried, fermented and smoked skipjack tuna or also named bonito flakes).
    – Ingredients for vegetarian dashi: Kombu/Konbu and (very important) DRIED Shiitake (mushrooms).

    To make dashi prepare every ingredient separately. Why? Because you can combine the dashi eventually by taste, flavour, season, seasoning, colour, kind of miso used etc..

    I like my miso soup in the morning and late evening light and a bit sweet in taste, so I use shiro miso.

    – Boil water and in the mean time wash the kombu (for 11/2 l. or around I use three blades of Kombu)
    – Turn down the heat source to a minimum because the ingredients are not a lowed to be cooked!!!
    – Put in the kombu and leave it for about 1 hour.
    – prepare a strainer and a clean, boiled wet strain towel (to drie dishes) and strain the dashi.
    – than put the dashi and the kombu again on the heat source and leave it again for 1 hour
    – strain again the same way and repeat this 2 times more.

    So in total 3 times straining.

    The same you do with the Niboshi, or Katsuobushi, or Shiitake, what ever you prefer and like to combine afterwards.

    I have only 1 heat source, so it takes me 6 hours work for 2 ingredients :). But it is worth the effort!!! I really really ensure you!

    Eventually, you can for example when you have 2 ingredients prepared separately, like Kombu and Shiitake, if you want some more heavier taste, use 1 measure Kombu and two measures of Shiitake…or if you want a perfect balance, use 2 of each, etc.. This way you can choose the strength, balance and so on of the dashi in combination with the miso of your choice.

    Now I use shiro miso, so I don’t want to put in heavy tasting ingredients, but a balance of soft and spicy.

    So like many Japanese do (and I am not from Japan, but from the Netherlands ehehehe), scallion, small cut, some small cubes of plain white soft tofu and thats it. The basic miso soup is ready!

    The dashi I also use for making noodle soup, also one of my almost daily food, next to miso soup. With shiro miso I use udon noodles, sliced lotus root, small cut scallion, seaweed or a mix of kinds of seaweed (depends on my mood and apatite and taste), raw egg (but only at own risk :) ) and thats it.

    I have no need for soy sauce, salt or anything else, because that only makes a bad soup in my opinion.

    Only natural ingredients and to be honest, there is enough salt in the bonito flakes, Kombu etc.

    So, i hope you enjoyed reading my comment and put some effort also in the dashi and I really can tell it will change your taste for miso soup for ever and you get addicted and want to spent 6 hours in the kitchen to make dashi!!! At least, I do :D.

    Happy miso soup time!!!


  118. Julie Gauthier-Dubé says

    A fair warning to everyone: this is NOT a traditionnal miso soup and it will NOT taste like one.
    – Nori will disintegrate in the water.
    – Miso mixed in water does not taste as good because it is supposed to be mixed in dashi.
    To make a really tasty miso soup, you will need kombu (seaweed) and make dashi (vegetarian soup stock) with it. You can add bonito flakes for a non-vegetarian (and very tasty) version. Do not use nori, use dried wakame; nori will get soggy and even desintegrate in the soup. I know because I tried to do it this way once (not this exact recipe), thinking this is how it was made. It did not taste even close and I was very disappointed. You can also add shiitakes, green onions and tofu to your tastes.

  119. Olivia says

    I made this- it was great. I did use an organic bouillon cube in the 4 cups of water- I think that helped boost flavor. Added a TON of sprouted firm tofu and chives. Definitely used the 4 TBS of miso. Definitely eating the entire pot myself :)

  120. Calvin says

    A few tips: Instead of Nori seaweed, choose Wakame. Nori sheets will get soggy. And very important, add the miso once the soup has cooled down a bit! Miso contains many beneficial microorganisms that are killed when you cook it.

    • April says

      I was wondering about whether the healthy bacteria would die if it’s heated…do you have to eat miso soup cold then?

  121. Keli H. says

    This was absolutely delicious!! I added an extra sheet or two of nori, twice the amount of swiss chard, some sliced shittake mushrooms and an extra tbsp of miso. It came out fabulously! My new favorite recipe!

  122. Corinne says

    As a fan of the microbiome effects of fermented food, I don’t like to heat the miso, as it kills all the good bacteria. So I make the soup, and then let it cool to below about 105, then add the miso which I have mixed with room temperature water. But waiting for it to cool is REALLY hard as this is also one of my faves. Love the suggestion about ginger! Tonight I also added some cauliflower.

  123. Amy says

    When I made this I didn’t have any nori so I subbed it out for kale and it worked great! I thought there was a perfect amount of miso paste, though I did lean more towards 4 Tbsps. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  124. Kathryn Tate says

    I just wanted to say that you can use a vegan version of bonito
    sauce, “kombu” sauce. It is made with seaweed. There are recipes
    online or you can buy instant Kombu from amazon.com.

  125. Lacey Fox says

    My husband loves miso, but I’ve never made anything involving tofu. So I’m a little worried on how to prepare it. Any suggestions?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lacey, this is a great recipe to start with if you’re new to tofu, just follow the directions and all should go well!

  126. Ilona says

    Love, love, love you blog. Recipes are inspiring and very tasty. One quick question, it is my understanding that you add the miso paste after the all of the cooking is done and the soup has cooled a bit because otherwise the fermented bacteria is killed. Is this understanding wrong?

  127. Gabrielle says

    I wanted to love this recipe, I really did :( My entire family of four loves miso soup, but none of us could eat this. It tasted nothing like the soup we’ve grown to live at Japanese restaurants. I’m wondering if I did something wrong? I made it exactly as the recipe states, with items I went specifically to an Asian market to pick up, and only left out the chard because I forgot to pick some up. I also used a different kind if seaweed that the owner handed me specifically for miso soup that wasn’t the regular sheets. Maybe that made the difference?
    Maybe I’ll give this a try one more time with the sheets of nori.
    Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all :( I’ll keep looking for a recipe that better suits our palates.

    • Lindsay says

      It definatly wasn’t the seaweed and using nori wouldn’t make a diffrence espessially because isn’t the seaweed in traditional miso wakame is. You might want to try a dashi stock powder, miso paste with dashi or find a recipe to make your own. Dashi is what add’s a lot of the flavor. Hope this helps.

  128. Jim Conner says

    I use miso in all sorts of dishes. My favorite is when making yellow grits. I tell my Korean grocer I make my grits with miso and he looks at me as if I am crazy. Probably am, but DANG it tastes goooooooood.

  129. tanya says

    I made this with tofu, green onions, and pickled ginger. It is so fast, and easy to make, and very yummy too!!

  130. Gabby S says

    I LOVE this recipe! I have made it several times. Very customizable as well. Last night I made it without green onions/scallions and added in ribboned carrot, julienned daikon, and soba noodles. Thanks for all of the incredible recipes Dana!

  131. louise says

    can i sub red miso paste in this? have some at home I want to use up. p.s. I love every recipe I’ve tried of yours :)

  132. Lecia says

    Just made this for lunch and it was heavenly!! Simple, healthy and quick… my kinda meal. Thanks for sharing!

  133. man in a shed says

    hi , I make this but I get carried away ! so it’s probably not a miso soup but tastes good , I use a homemade light chicken stock , miso paste , small pkt bonito flakes , bok choy , any greens in season , chestnut mushrooms , spring onions , lots of chilli garlic ginger , carrot (matchsticked) small bit of shaoxing wine and mirin , at the end add tofu pour onto a bowl of noodles that have chilli oil and soya sauce through them , it’s a kinda Chinese/Japanese veg stew it’s filling and great for a hangover . you’ll have to exscuse me i’m from England

  134. Elaziel says

    Hi! I tried the recipe and let me just say I’m new to cooking, so this may be a beginners mistake. I was a little dissapointed with the flavor because I felt like it needed some salt. This may be obvious for some, but does the recipe need salt or for all recipes do we add salt at our own discretion? The other flavores were incredible but I still felt like my miso missing something. It didn’t quiet taste like I expected and that dends to happen a lot to me.

    • karen says

      In keeping with the Asian flavors, try adding Soy Sauce to taste. Maybe start with a half teaspoon, then taste, adding a half teaspoon as needed.

  135. Ma Recipes says

    Miso soup is my favorite Japanese soup of all time. I usually buy the miso paste that contain dashi stock. It saves me a lot of time for a bowl of delicious miso soup. haha!

  136. Miki says

    Looks good! Clean and simple look also makes it very Japanese cuisine to me. I am glad to see miso getting popular outside of Japan. At home, we Japanese actually put everything in it, making it a little looking messy but we do not care for home cooking, scallops, oysters, shrimps, white meat fish, shereded pork, even bacon (try with canned corn) , potatoes, cabbege, spinatch, onion, even tomate (try with ginger) and so on and on. Miso is amazingly accommodating. It is like white source in French, tomate source in Italian, or curry in Indian. Please try and experiment ;)

    • Miki says

      Forgot sharing this; it is said that mixing different type of miso always makes it even more tasty. Miso from north part of Japan and south Japan; the far they are to each other, the better. I mix white miso and red miso. And like some people saying here, never never boil miso, always put at the end of your cooking after the ingredients are almost cooked by boiling water (or with Dashi if your miso paste does not pre-packaged with it). That’s authentic and what we learned from our moms. Make sure if your miso does not contain Dashi, you need to buy it separately; Japanese dashi powder (any type is ok) is the most convenient.

  137. Jazmin says

    I tried this a few months back and im making it again tonight, it was delicious and sooo easy!! I don’t know how to cook at all so I was very thankful for the easy instructions and small amount of ingredients. It took me awhile to find the miso since I live in a really small area, but finally found it. I ended up using the red miso instead, 7 squares of a dry seaweed pack, and a small amount of the chopped onion. I had miso allll day haha. Thank you for the recipe!!

  138. Thomas says

    Awesome ! I just printed out an added to my cookbook. Thanks a lot for this recipe and the amazing pictures.
    Greeting from Corsica

  139. Filippo says

    I’ve tried this at a chinese restaurant and felt great after eating it.
    i made it myself at home with this recipe and oh my god… some of the best soup Ive ever had
    Easy, Simple, delicious, Healthy, Cheap,
    … just the way i like it
    i might throw a few sliced mushrooms in there next time just like some restaurants do.
    i will recommend this to everyone Thank you!

  140. Ginger Locke says

    I made your miso soup recipe. Amazing! I added some Asian Green Chile, used Bok Choy and added Mushrooms to it. It had a great amount of subtle heat, the bok choy was great and the mushrooms added a different type of texture. Thanks for sharing!

  141. ronna says

    I just used my last 2 packets of instant wakame miso soup and thought to myself I’m sure I can find a DIY recipe online. Here I am – the first site that Google provided!

    It’s a chilly fall day today and I wanted something to warm me up. I added extra sliced green onion and a bag of shiratake noodles and a bit of soysauce.

    I can hardly wait until my next outing to purchase miso and starting making this myself from scratch.


  142. Nicole says

    Instead of noodles could I add zucchini noodles (zoodles)? I have never had miso soup so I’m not sure if the zucchini would taste good with it.

  143. Danielle says

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. Slightly altered this recipe (used vegetable stock instead of water, kale instead of chard and 4-5x as much of it to make it SUPER chock full of greens, but no nori as I had used it all up on the sushi rolls) to share at work with a bunch of fellow sushi fanatics with discerning tastes for authentic miso. Even though this was my first attempt at miso soup, they’ve suggested I quit my day job and open a soup & sushi truck. Thanks, it was amazingly delicious with the added bonuses of being super healthy and incredibly fast, easy, and affordable to make – it really is the perfect food!

  144. betsy says

    Not sure if someone else mentioned this, but miso is a probiotic powerhouse and this may be part of why we crave it when we’re under the weather or our bellies are out of sorts. That said, it’s really important to preserve all of that life by not adding the miso directly to boiling water/dashi or heating it too much. If you want to keep your miso live (which you totally should!) it should be added after the soup has been removed from the stove for a few minutes, infact, I always suggest that the dashi/broth without the miso be served and a spoon with the proper amount of miso either balanced on top or served on a plate along side. This will ensure that the water has cooled sufficiently (on the walk to the table) to keep some of that goodness bouncin’

  145. Adrienne says

    I always see the miso and Trader Joe’s and think to buy it but have never had a miso soup recipe in mind for it but now I do! Hopefully their miso is vegan :)

  146. Alejo says

    This is amazing! Just made some, and I’m so happy with how easy and delicious it is!! Thanks so much. Also, I added a little bit of soy sauce to make it taste a little more like from a restaurant, worked really well to give it more of a salty and “classic Japanese” flavor.

  147. Krista the foody says

    I just love Miso, been eating it since I was a child, it’s full of probiotics and is super good for our digestive system. I love addomg om Asian veggies to it such as baby bok choy, spring onions and bean sprouts. I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it. YUMMMY

  148. Marcia says

    I love miso soup and I having cravings for it quite often. The restaurant soups are good but I always wish they had more. This recipe was easy and absolutely wonderful. I am cooking impaired so having simple recipes to follow is imperative. I didn’t do the seaweed this time but I will next time. Also, I want more green stuff in my soup and I don’t think I added enough this time. I loved loved loved this recipe and loved my miso soup!!!!
    It was especially nice on this cold day.

    • Walter says

      Or at least the kombu :-) there are still a handful of traditional Buddhist chefs in Japan who make their dashi without the katsuobushi. So it’s ok to do so ;-)

  149. Chrislyn says

    Tried this recipe and my 7 yr old son wanted goest it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s so good and easy. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  150. MisoHungry says

    Eep-one of the most important things to remember about making miso soup is to never boil it once you’ve added the miso! Technically you can do whatever you want, but that’s conventional wisdom on the matter.

  151. Shelby says

    I made this and it was absolutely delicious. I love miso. I followed this except used the packets of dry miso which say one packet for one cup but I only used 2 packets and it tasted great. I also added some Maifun noodle which are basically rice noodle. I loved this recipe so much.

  152. Abbie @ Needs Salt says

    I made this tonight for supper (yes, just for me; mwaha) and oh my goodness — super delish!! I didn’t have any tofu or green onions so I used leeks and kale instead plus some shredded carrot. This soup is ridiculously warm and cozy — plus I think it made me feel not so very under the weather. (: Thanks for sharing, Dana!

  153. Marta says


    What kind of miso do you use? I’m about to buy some, but the same store has creamy sweet miso and shiro intense miso… I’m not sure if they have different purposes..
    Great Blog!


  154. Sarah says

    Do you think making the soup with a veggie broth instead of water and then having the plain miso and not the fish flavored would work well?

  155. The Cooking Lady says

    I am doubling this recipe for my dinner tonight. I am having 5 teeth extracted, and what better to ingest first but a homemade bowl of miso soup. So simple and oh so good.

  156. Mariad says

    Added a few things to it, it was absolutely awesome! I added shitake mushrooms, grated ginger, grated garlic clove and replaced spinach that I had on hand for the green. Ready in 15 min, comforting, healthy, what else can you ask for? Loved it!

  157. Larry says

    Just a heads up for your readers, not all miso soup is vegan. Many of the miso soup served in sushi places are made with dried fish stock. Obviously always ask and check labels at stores to make sure this ingredient isn’t in your mix. I had friends who would get miso soup for years and not realize they was fish stock in it.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for the tip, Larry! We knew that but may have neglected to specify that in the recipe. Thanks again!

  158. Kale says

    Great recipe, I can’t wait to change up my home miso soup with the chard. One recommendation though is to replace the nori seaweed with wakame seaweed if you can find it, they typically sell it dried in any japanese market near the soup broth and other seaweed. Wakame has a more enjoyable texture than nori for soups, in my opinion. You would prepare it the same way you boil the nori in your version. Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

  159. Josh B says

    This recipe was my first attempt at anything Japanese, and my first attempt at soup from scratch. And oh my this was amazingly delicious! I don’t get to use tofu much in my house as I’m the only one that likes it so that was a nice addition as well. Thank you so much for putting this together!

  160. Janice Edwards says

    I love Miso soup and have been making it on and off for a long time. I love adding tofu and crispy fried onions I get in a package at the store. The flavors along with the greens is amazing and filling.

  161. Stephanie says

    I have been trying to find a classic, vegan miso soup and this is exactly what I was looking for! I just made it and it is amazing and perfect!

    • Kevin says

      What type of ginger? I have fresh, powdered and paste in a tube. The addition of ginger sounds really good! On a side note, I used almost double the miso paste suggested and four sheets of seaweed. Also, I added the spring onion as a garnish at the end rather than an ingredient. That way you get the flavor and they stay crisp.

  162. Larzi says

    For the record, it’s not vegan or Vegetarian if has Benito/fish in it. That being said, Miso soup, minus the fish, is my absolute favourite soup. I could eat it everyday if my husband would allow it! Heh

  163. Jerilyn says

    This looks great! I’ve been looking for a miso soup recipe like this. And you definitely need to try making your own sushi!! It’s not as hard as it seems. If I can do it being cooking challenged, anyone can =)

  164. Angela Brown says

    I love making Miso Soup at home…it’s such a simple recipe and, yet, is one that, in the past, I used to only have when I went out to eat. In recent months, Miso has became a well-loved staple in our fridge. Great recipe (and pictures, too). Thanks for sharing!

  165. gabriel says

    I am basically addicted to miso and it’s one of those things that I’ve never tried making, now that I know the secrets to success I’m probably gonna overdose :D

  166. Jess says

    What is it about those flavors that are so good and comforting and healthy feeling!? LOVE miso soup – this one looks fantastic and so easy!

  167. Katie says

    You have no idea how excited I am about this recipe! Just last week I went on a hunt around our town trying to find miso soup, and it is sold NOWHERE. I am going to have this TODAY. Thank you!

  168. Tieghan says

    I have never had miso, but this looks so good! I need to give it a try. Your amazing detailing thoughts on it have me craving something I have never even tasted! LOL!
    Looks so good!

  169. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says

    Cool! I always order miso soup at Sushi places but have never even thought of making it at home! Fun!

  170. Christina says

    I’m totally with you on the sushi obsession, could not live without it! I’ve had some miso powder in my cupboard for soooo long, do you think it would work here?

        • NemoNadie says

          Yeah, authentic miso soup is made with dashi broth, not plain water. But dried bonito flakes can be hard to come by (in order to make dashi broth) and I don’t trust processed dashi powder :/

          • Bianx says

            Most of minimalistbaker — at least all the recipes that I’ve used..are plant-based meals. So while typically miso paste/soup has bonito/dashi this is also good vegan option :)!

            I’m in the process of making it right now. And gla

    • Karen says

      Powder is horrid. Put me off making my own miso but just bought the paste to try and even just trying miso paste in water & nothing else was pretty good. Can’t wait to try experimenting!

  171. Emma says

    Miso is a staple ingredient in my kitchen. Adds a great flavour to everything :) I went through a long period of having a cup of miso soup as a side for lunch everyday but I love the idea of boosting it with with tofu and greens.

    • Melanie Blatt says

      This was a great recipe and can be tweaked easily! I made my soup “loaded” by adding sauteed oyster mushrooms and bean curd thread (found it at HMART and looked interesting). I subbed the tofu for puffed tofu, which absorbed some liquid so I added a bit more, and used kale for my greens. I didn’t need to add any salt. It was perfect!