Vegetarian Japanese Miso Soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made from stock and miso paste. It is simple to make and simply delicious and very healthy as well!

You can use yellow or red miso paste for this soup. Yellow miso is sweet and creamy, red miso is stronger and saltier.

Hubby and I like going out for our weekly "date" and one of our favourite places is a local sushi restaurant. Well, not really a typical restaurant because they only have long family-style tables – more like Japanese fast-food - but the food is good and it gives us a chance to catch up on the day's happenings together. We always order the vegetarian sushi combination platter and miso soup (hubby always asks for extra "stuff" in the soup - wakame seaweed and tofu and veggies) and a cold Japanese beer each. We share the food and some quality time together. It's really nice.

This recipe is for 4 servings.


  • 4 cups vegetable stock OR water. The vegetable stock will make the soup richer, but it will still be delicious with water base too.
  • 1/3 cup miso
  • 3 green onions (scallions) - chopped - both the white part and the green
  • 1 tbsp shredded nori or wakame seaweed (you can buy in in health food stores or Asian markets, comes dehydrated in packages)
  • 1/2 block tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • dash of soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil (it's okay if you don't have it on hand)
  • Optional - 1 shredded carrot


1. Bring water to the boil and add seaweed.

2. Allow to simmer at least 5 minutes. Simmering the seaweed will lessen the salty fishy flavour of the seaweed.

3. Reduce heat to very low and add the miso. Stir until miso is well dissolved but do not boil. Boiling will reduce the health properties of the miso and will change the flavour.

4. Add the tofu cubes, chopped green onion and soy sauce. And shredded carrot if you opted for it.

5. Just before serving, add the sesame oil. Serve the soup hot and with lots of "stuff" (seaweed, tofu, veggies etc.) to make a great light dinner.

Did you know...

Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley and/or soybeans. Typically you will find soy miso at your Asian grocers. Miso is a thick paste used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or miso soup (misoshiru). Miso is high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals and the flavour is salty, earthy, fruity, and savory which makes this miso soup so interesting and flavourful and just plain YUMMY.

More great soup recipes like this Miso Soup recipe.

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