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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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40 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Manggy

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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. veron

    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.

  7. Nabeela

    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.

  8. Stingray

    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

  9. Claude-Olivier

    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!

  10. aria

    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 :)

  11. christine

    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.

  12. jess

    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!

  13. Melinda

    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.

  14. Anonymous

    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.

  15. Effasatoshi

    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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