Quick and Easy Garlic Miso Soup Recipe

Vegan miso soup with garlic and scallions
Vegan miso soup with garlic and scallions photo by Heidi Coppock-Beard / Getty Images
  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
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A simple vegetarian and vegan miso soup recipe for garlic lovers! If you're looking for the perfect vampire-repelling garlic-packed vegan miso soup to try, look no further. 

This basic vegetarian and vegan recipe cooks in just a few minutes. The perfect side for a Japanese meal. If you love garlic as much as I do, you'll love this easy vegetarian and vegan Japanese miso soup recipe.

This quick and easy Japanese miso soup recipe is vegetarian and vegan and, it can be gluten-free as well if you use a gluten-free miso. Miso is traditionally made from little more than soybeans, and is therefore gluten-free, but many grocery stores stock a variety of misos these days, including miso made from grains such as barley, which are not gluten-free. So just be sure to read the label of your miso if you need this to be safe for anyone with gluten or wheat sensitivities. 

Looking for more Japanese-inspired vegetarian and vegan meal ideas? Check out my guide to Japanese vegetarian cooking here. You'll find ideas for vegetarian tempura, soba noodles, more miso soup ideas, and more! Enjoy!

What You'll Need

  • 5 cups water 
  • 1/4 cup miso
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 block tofu, any kind, sliced into small cubes
  • 3 scallions (green onions), sliced

How to Make It

First, heat water just to a low simmer, then reduce the heat so the water is hot but not actually simmering or boiling and then stir in the miso. You want to be careful that the water doesn't boil when you add in the miso, but rather it should be just below the boiling point. This is because miso is a fermented and probiotic food, and boiling the miso will kill the beneficial bacteria (the probiotics).

For my palette, it won't actually change the flavor, however!

Stir well to fully dissolve the miso and make sure there are no clumps, then, stir in the remaining ingredients and allow to heat for a couple minutes, just to gently soften the garlic and mushrooms. 

Stir well, and serve.

Makes 6 servings of vegetarian miso soup with garlic.

Nutritional data (from Calorie Count):
Calories: 55, Calories from Fat: 31
% Daily Value:
Total Fat: 3.4g, 5%
Saturated Fat: 0.6g, 3%
Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%
Sodium: 482mg, 20%
Total Carbohydrates: 4.0g, 1%
Dietary Fiber: 0.9g, 4%
Protein: 2.7g
Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 3%, Calcium 5%, Iron 4%

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