Basic Miso Soup

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    15 min
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I think just about everyone loves a steaming hot cup of miso soup! With a soothing and mild flavor, miso soup is light and "brothy", not the type of soup that is a meal on its own (though some people, myself included, enjoy it for breakfast), so serve your miso soup as an appetizer before the main meal.

Miso soup is a quick, easy and light soup and is a staple of Japanese cuisine. This basic recipe is a simple version of the classic miso soup you'll find served in Japanese restaurants and sushi restaurants along with just about everything.

If you're looking for something beyond just a basic, Japanese miso soup, try this Vegetable Miso Soup recipe for a heartier soup, or, try this easy Garlic Miso Soup, or, check out these vegetarian (and vegan!) Japanese food recipes which are simple enough for you to make at home, or scroll down for more vegetarian soup recipes to try. 

This recipe is both vegetarian and vegan. Some kinds of miso are gluten-free and some kinds are not, so be sure yours is if you need this recipe to be gluten-free as well, and swap out the soy sauce for gluten-free tamari or nama shoyu

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon shredded nori or wakame seaweed 
  • 1/3 cup miso
  • 3 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1/2 block firm silken tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • dash soy sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)

How to Make It