Enjoy a quick feast with this easy vegan miso soup ready in under 10 minutes! This plant-based soup is perfect for anyone who wants an easy and nutritious weeknight meal at home!
Miso soup, or miso shiru in Japanese, is a classic and comforting dish that can be easily prepared with basic ingredients. While traditional miso soup typically features fish stock made with katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes), it's simple to substitute it with kombu (dried kelp) dashi stock, vegan dashi.
- This recipe is for you if:
- You love miso soup.
- You want to make homemade miso soup.
- You are looking for vegan miso soup recipe.
Let me show you how to make it. If you want to check the recipe immediately, please visit the link below. Let's get started!
About This Recipe
- Traditional Japanese soup
- Easy vegan miso soup recipe
- Learn variations of the ingredients
Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).
- Tofu and wakame: I pick tofu and wakame, which are classic ingredients for miso soup, but you can choose any vegetables, seaweed, and tofu. See more ingredient variations in the following section.
- Miso paste is flavorful, savory, and salty fermented food (soybean paste), an essential seasoning for Japanese cuisine. The darker miso ages longer and tastes less sweet than light-colored miso. White miso paste (shiro miso) is the way to go for a sweet and mild taste (Learn more in What is miso paste).
- Dashi, a traditional Japanese soup stock, is the key ingredient in infusing broth with savory richness. I simplify the process by using store-bought vegan kombu dashi powder in this recipe. If you are looking for authentic homemade vegan dashi, make this kombu dashi or shiitake kombu dashi (Learn more in What is dashi).
Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients
If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.
- Japanese market: Mitsuwa Marketplace, Marukai
- Asian market
- Whole Foods Market
- Health food stores
- Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon
I will show you how to make vegan miso soup in 5 steps.
How to make it is simple and easy as follows:
- Cut soup ingredients of choice
- Put the soup ingredients, dashi powder, and water (or homemade vegan dashi) in a saucepan
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer over low heat
- Turn off the heat and add miso paste
- Dissolve the miso paste
That's it! Miso soup is best enjoyed when it's hot, so serve it immediately!
By the way, we use these Miso soup bowls (Owan in Japanese) for serving miso soup. Maybe it's just me, but the miso soup tastes better when eaten in this bowl!
- Always add miso paste after turning off the heat. If you boil the miso, you will lose the excellent flavor.
- When adding the miso to your soup, stir gently (try not to break the tofu).
- It's easy to add miso paste with a whisk (see below).
- There are many types of tofu, such as silken tofu (soft tofu), firm tofu, and extra-firm tofu, and you can use them all for miso soup ingredients.
- You might wonder if you have to press tofu to remove the excess water. You have to drain the water in the package, but you don't need to press it!
- Take it out from the package, place it on your palm (if you can), cut it into cubes, and put them into a saucepan.
Miso Measuring Whisk
This Miso measuring whisk is a MUST tool for making miso soup. You can easily measure and scoop miso paste. All you need to do is put this whisk into the miso container and turn it around! Plus, you can put the whisk into the soup directly to dissolve the miso.
I love it so much! I highly recommend having this simple tool if you make miso soup often!
Fresh miso soup is the best, but if you have leftovers, let it cool and keep it in the fridge. Transfer the soup to a glass jar and store it in the fridge. It will be good for 2 to 3 days.
I don't recommend putting it in the freezer because freezing and thawing change the texture of the tofu.
Miso Soup Ingredient Variations
Miso soup isn't just about tofu and scallions; it's a canvas of endless possibilities, keeping everyday meals exciting. Here are some other ingredients to add to your miso soup:
- Dried wakame seaweed
- Green onions, spring onions
- Bean sprouts
- Bean sprout
- Napa cabbage
- Bok choy
- Aburaage (fried tofu)
- and many more!
What to Serve With
You can serve your soup with Japanese rice and other traditional dishes to give it a more authentic feel. Here are some Japanese vegan recipes you might want to try:
- Vegan miso soup
- Umeboshi onigiri (rice balls)
- Fried daikon
- Vegan vegetable gyoza (dumplings)
- Okara salad
Dive Deeper Into the World of Miso Soup!
To learn more about miso soup, you can explore these articles:
- What is Miso Soup? A Quick Guide to This Classic Japanese Dish
- How Long Does Miso Soup Last? Tips For Storing Miso Soup
- What Does Miso Taste Like? Exploring The Japanese Flavor
- 8 Easy Japanese Miso Soup Recipes You'll Love
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Miso soup is made from three basic components: Miso paste, dashi (soup stock), and Ingredients of your choice. The most common ingredients are tofu, scallions, and wakame seaweed.
No. Traditional miso soup is not vegan-friendly as dashi broth is made of fish, but you can make it vegan easily with plant-based dashi.
It's made of dried shiitake mushrooms and kombu seaweed.
Miso soup is a daily staple in Japan. It depends on the family, but I make it almost every day, and we eat it a couple of times a day.
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- Preparation: Cut your ingredients of choice
- Bring to a boil: Put ingredients of choice, dashi powder, and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil on medium heat.
- Simmer: Lower the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes or until tender.
- Add miso paste: Turn off the heat, add miso (use a miso measuring whisk if you have it), and stir gently until it dissolves.
- *1: See the "Ingredients of choice" section to find out what to choose. Popular ingredients are tofu, scallions, wakame seaweed, daikon radish, and many more.
- Storage: 3 days in the fridge.
- If the taste of the soup is light to you, feel free to add more miso paste.
- Always add miso paste after turning off the heat. If you boil the miso paste, you will lose the aroma.
- If you prefer homemade vegan dashi, see Shiitake kombu dashi.