Classic Miso Soup in Minutes


Miso soup, a staple of Japanese cuisine, is renowned for its comforting warmth and health benefits. This classic recipe brings you an authentic taste of Japan in just a few minutes, with ingredients that are easy to find. Ideal for a light lunch or a starter to a more elaborate meal.


  • 4 cups of dashi stock
  • 3-4 tablespoons miso paste (white or red, depending on preference)
  • 1 block of silken tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup wakame seaweed, rehydrated
  • 2-3 green onions/scallions, finely chopped


  1. Start by preparing the dashi stock if you are making it fresh. Alternatively, you can use instant dashi by following the instructions on the package.
  2. Rehydrate the wakame seaweed by soaking it in warm water for about 5 minutes. Once rehydrated, drain and set aside.
  3. Cut the tofu into small cubes and finely chop the green onions.
  4. Bring the dashi to a gentle simmer in a medium-sized saucepan.
  5. Take a ladleful of the hot dashi and mix it with the miso paste in a separate bowl until it’s smooth and well combined, to prevent lumps.
  6. Lower the heat under the saucepan and add the miso and dashi mixture back to the remaining dashi in the pot, stirring gently without boiling to preserve the miso’s health benefits and flavor.
  7. Add the rehydrated wakame and tofu cubes to the pot and warm through for a minute or two, again making sure not to bring it to a boil.
  8. Ladle the hot miso soup into bowls and garnish with the chopped green onions.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy your homemade traditional miso soup!

Tips and Variations

  • Experiment with different types of miso paste to find the flavor you prefer. White miso is sweeter and milder, while red miso is stronger and saltier.
  • Feel free to add additional ingredients like diced soft-boiled eggs, shiitake mushrooms, or pieces of nori (seaweed) for a heartier soup.
  • To make this dish vegetarian, use a vegetable-based dashi instead of the traditional fish-based dashi stock.
  • Always add the miso paste as the last ingredient and avoid boiling it to preserve both the probiotics in the miso and the delicate flavor.

Nutritional Information

Miso soup is low in calories and provides a good source of protein and minerals, especially when combined with tofu and seaweed. It’s a fantastic option for those seeking a light but nourishing meal.

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