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  • Writer's pictureGonzalo Rojo Zarrabeitia

Miso Soup

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

If you're anything like me and love miso soup, you probably always thought this tasty traditional Japanese soup was super complicated and time consuming to make. Well, if that's the case, let me put you at ease by telling you that this is one of the fastest and easiest soups to make at home and it tastes just as good as the one from your favorite restaurant. This recipe is also super dynamic, so feel free to add or remove ingredients based on your liking.

Base Ingredients

  • 4 cups Water

  • 2 teaspoons Dashi Seasoning (more if you want a stronger flavor)

  • 4 tablespoons Miso Paste (more if you want a stronger flavor)

  • 2 Green Onions (thinly sliced)

  • Optional Ingredients of your choice (I marked the ones I always add)

Optional Ingredients

BEFORE bringing dashi to a boil

  • Carrot

  • Clams

  • Daikon radish

  • Kabocha squash/pumpkin

  • Manila clams

  • Onion

  • Potato

  • Turnip

AFTER dashi is boiling

  • Aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch)

  • Bean sprouts

  • Cabbage/napa cabbage

  • Egg (mix drop into soup and let cook without touching)

  • Eggplant

  • Mushrooms such as enoki, maitake, nameko, shiitake, shimeji, etc (I usually go with enoki)

  • Negi (long green onion/leeks)

  • Okra

  • Somen noodles

  • Spinach

  • Firm Tofu (cut into cubes)

  • Nori Sheet (cut into pieces)

  • Yuba (soybean curd)



  1. Mix water and dashi in a pot

  2. Add any optional ingredient that should be added before the dashi boils.

  3. Bring water to a boil and lower the heat to keep the soup at a simmer.

  4. Add in the miso paste dissolving it into the broth (I like putting the paste in a small fine strainer, lowering the strainer slightly so the paste is inside the water and stirring inside the strainer until all the paste is dissolved)

  5. Add in the green onions and your other optional ingredients of choice inside the after boil category.

  6. Lower the heat and keep the soup in the fire for a couple minutes (or until optional ingredients are cooked to taste)

  7. Serve.

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