Miso Soup is a staple in Japanese cuisine, known for its savory umami flavor. It’s a light yet nourishing soup, typically consisting of a miso paste-based broth with various ingredients such as tofu, seaweed, and green onions. It’s perfect for a quick, healthy meal or as a starter to a larger feast.


  • 4 cups of dashi stock (Japanese soup stock; can use instant dashi granules)
  • 3 tablespoons miso paste (red, white, or a mix)
  • 1 block (about 300g) of silken tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 1 sheet of nori (dried seaweed), cut into strips
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Optional: mushrooms, diced soft vegetables, or wakame seaweed


  1. Prepare the dashi stock according to package instructions if you’re using instant dashi. Bring it to a gentle simmer in a medium-sized pot.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the miso paste with a little bit of the warm dashi stock to dissolve it. This prevents lumps of miso in your soup.
  3. Add the dissolved miso back into the pot with the rest of the dashi. Stir gently to combine. It’s important not to let the soup boil after adding the miso, as high heat can destroy its delicate flavor.
  4. Add the tofu cubes and nori strips to the soup. If you’re using additional ingredients like vegetables or wakame, add them at this stage.
  5. Heat the soup just until everything is warm, but be careful not to boil it.
  6. Serve the soup in bowls, garnished with sliced green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Protein: 6g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Miso Soup is a wonderfully versatile and healthy dish, ideal for anyone seeking a light but flavorful meal. It’s deeply ingrained in Japanese cuisine and culture, offering a simple yet satisfying experience. Enjoy this classic soup anytime for a quick, comforting, and healthful meal.

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