Asari Miso Soup Recipe (Miso Soup with Clams)
October 22nd, 2007 40 Comments

Asari Miso Soup Recipe (Miso Soup with Clams)

Asari Miso Soup (Miso Soup with Clams)

I can’t seem to find anyone who doesn’t like Miso soup—the ubiquitous Japanese soup that is commonly served with Japanese lunch combos (bento boxes) in the United States. I am a big fan of miso soup. It’s light, invigorating with the simplest of ingredients (no scary animal fat floating at the top of the soup!) I love slurping Miso soup—especially when it turns cold in the western hemisphere–holding up the bowl in my two hands and drinking it down. It’s such a comfort food.

This is my Asari Miso Soup, or a deluxe version of plain Miso soup. The addition of clams infuses the traditional serving with a tint of brininess of the clams–an ingredient that perks up the taste immediately. Recently, I had Miso soup with tofu puffs at a Japanese restaurant—another brilliant ingredient that add some texture to the soup.

It took me less than 20 minutes to make my Asari Miso Soup; it’s perfect for a quick lunch meal or light dinner. Just don’t forget the steamed rice.

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  1. Manggy says:

    I’m not a big fan of miso soup because– guess what– it’s always missing something substantial in it! Since it would be awful to throw in a side of pork, I think clams are a great idea!

  2. Andaliman says:

    You’re right…Everyone who I know and have tried Miso sop said they love it. And So do I. I should try to make with aka miso as you did.

  3. pablopabla says:

    What? So easy? Okay, I’m heading to the supermarket to get me some miso paste. Got some mussels in the fridge that needs cooking :D

  4. K & S says:

    I don’t care for miso soup, but I think it is the type of miso I buy. It has bits of barley or grains in it, so when I drink the soup, there are these particles at the end…blah. Your soup looks delicious :)

  5. Lydia says:

    Who wouldn’t like miso soup? I think of it as Japanese chicken soup for the soul! Your recipe is just my kind of dish — light, simple, elegant.

  6. daphne says:

    yum! this is a good marriage between clams and miso. As a big fan of miso soup, this sounds warm and inviting.

  7. veron says:

    What a superb idea to add the clams. I agree that it will add a nice briny flavor to the taste of the broth. Next to tom-yum-goong miso soup is a favorite.

  8. Marvin says:

    Oooh, how I love miso soup! I never knew it was so easy to make.

  9. JadedOne says:

    Man I would totally make that for dinner tonight but my hubby doesn’t like bivalves. >:[

  10. Nate 2.0 says:

    I like to use kombu and bonito flakes to make a proper dashi before adding the miso.

  11. East Meets West Kitchen says:

    Simple, elegant, and beautiful! I love the addition of manila clams.

  12. Nabeela says:

    I’m a little intimidated by Japanese ingredients. My husband loooooves Japanese food though. Since he is around Japanese people a lot(works with Sony guys), he eats Japanese cuisine a lot too. If I made this soup, my husband would be very happy :)
    Thanks for posting such an easy recipe.

  13. team bsg says:

    we can imagine the lala miso tastes !

  14. Anh says:

    I love this idea! Miso and clam must be a nice combination. And the light broth is what i really need right now!

  15. Oh for the love of food! says:

    Seriously RM, you come up with the best recipe ideas!

  16. Stingray says:

    i love miso soup and i have some instant sachets with me. however i have no idea what to put in it. im in hull, england and i cant find the tofu i need, nor any kind of seaweed or clams

    any suggestions on something easy to find that can be put in miso soup? other than the scallions of course

  17. •゚ღJoღ゚•™o(‧”’‧)o says:

    i love miso soup!!
    and i put lots of seaweeds…..

  18. fatboybakes says:

    ME, ME, i dont like miso soup!!! but that’s because it usually only has taufu and seaweed.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I really like this soup and recipe, and surely will make it at home,, mostly get my soup recipes from OmahaSteaks, ChefsCatalog, and Cooking stores at CouponAlbum

  20. Claude-Olivier says:

    miso, i don’t really like that (i think it’s the first time I say that on your blog ;-)) but the picture is so great! I should try! cheers!

    P.S I have tested your lemongrass chicken….just perfect!

  21. Cynthia says:

    That is a bowl of comfort right there.

  22. YOYO's Food says:


    like soup very much

  23. Orchidea says:

    This looks incredible delicious! I love clams!

  24. Chubbypanda says:

    I like mine with honshimeiji mushrooms and wakame seaweed. But, I’m a freak who likes slimy food.

  25. YOYO's Cooking says:

    love Lemon,love Chiffon Cake ^^

  26. aria says:

    oh raa what a stunning idea to use clams in miso. holy cow that looks delicious. i need to steal this idea next tie i;m at the fish market, muah!

    so creative, i love it :)

  27. christine says:

    I’m one of those that LOVE miso soup. In fact, I had some last night during dinner at a Japanese restaurant with a friend who just arrived from the US. I love drinking it straight from the bowl the way it’s supposed to be done too. :) But I’ve never tried it with clams, and it makes perfect sense! It seems to resemble ‘halaan’ , my dad’s favorite clear clam soup.

  28. Amy says:

    Miso soup is one of my favorites and I love clams! They sound amazing together!

  29. jess says:

    I rarely make miso soup for dinner because my husband tends to feel that it lacks substance. I can’t wait to try this one out on him!

  30. Melinda says:

    I love miso soup and your asari miso soup looks so damn good. I sure will make this using your asari miso soup recipe. It sounds easy enough.

  31. Jen says:

    Your picture drew me in, and the recipe has me very happy that I have miso paste on hand already. Great post!

  32. My Taste Heaven says:

    This miso soup with Manila clams looks yummy. Maybe the Japanese restaurants should add the clams next time to make it more tasteful. Love it so much!!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    I add Gomasio, rice noodles, shitake mushrooms,ginger root, bok choy/tat soi/mustard greens to water and simmer for a few minutes, then add fresh basil, mung bean sprouts, and leafy greens like arugula or frisee after I’ve removed the soup pan from heat. I add live miso at the very end and serve with a little Tamari.

  34. Lilacz says:

    Can i use white miso paste instead?

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  37. Effasatoshi says:

    I wonder where can i buy miso paste in kl n johor area..
    i’m hoping to be able to find one that is safe for muslims to eat..

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