What Is Miso Soup Made Of?
Miso Soup is a very healthy Japanese recipe because it’s made of miso paste, which is fermented soybean paste.
There are three main types of miso: yellow, red and white. Miso is good for you because the fermented soybeans help digestion and provide good probiotics.
Personally, I like white miso (far right on the picture above) as it’s mildly salty with a tint of sweetness. You may get miso and all the ingredients you need for this Miso Soup recipe at a Japanese or Asian food store.
To learn more about miso nutrition and benefits, check out this article at Japan Info.
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What Is in Miso Soup?
Miso soup ingredients consist of the following:
- Dashi broth or the soup base. Dashi is made with dried kelp (kombu) and bonita flakes (dried fish flakes); its is the building block of Japanese recipes.
- Fried tofu puffs
- Chopped scallions
How Do You Make Miso Soup?
The method is very easy. First, Make the dashi soup base by boiling the kombu and bonito flakes. Strain well. Bring the dashi to boil, then add the seaweed and tofu and cook for 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat and stir in the miso paste until dissolved. DO NOT boil the miso paste.
Top the soup with the chopped scallions and and serve immediately. Japanese Miso soup is good for your health and low in calories, only 83 calories.
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This meal is best served with steamed rice. For a wholesome Japanese meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 85 calories per serving.
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Miso Soup is a Japanese soup made with miso paste, tofu, seaweed and dashi broth. Easy and authentic homemade miso soup recipe that takes 10 mins to make.
- 4 cups water
- 1 6- inch Japanese kombu or dried kelp, rinsed
- 1 oz. dried, shaved bonito flakes
- 1 oz. dried seaweed, soaked in warm water and drained
- 4 oz. silken tofu, cut into small pieces
- 2 1/2 - 3 tablespoons white miso paste
- 1 tablespoon chopped scallion
Bring the water and kombu to boil in a stock pot on medium heat. Remove the kombu and add the bonito flakes, simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Remove the foams and scums on the surface using a ladle.
Strain the dashi through a fine sieve. Do not squeeze or press the bonito flakes. Discard the bonito flakes. Bring the dashi to boil, then add the seaweed and tofu and cook for 3 minutes.
Turn off the heat and add the miso paste into the soup. Stir the soup with a pair of chopsticks until the miso paste is completely dissolved. Top with the scallion and serve immediately.
I made this tonight and it was a HUGE HIT! My only feedback is that it was a little more seaweed than I prefer so I will cut it back a little next time. Thank you!!
Can you add spinach or baby boc choy to soup and at what stage? Thx
Towards the end of cooking the soup you can add.
What seaweed to we add? Is Kombu only used to make the Dashi?
Yes kombu is used to make dashi.
I soaked the seaweed in warm water and then drained but it dissolved in the soup and it became black goop. Is there a particular kind of seaweed to use?
You have used the wrong seaweed it seems.
How long does Meso paste last in fridge ?
Check the expiration date.
You can freeze miso paste. It still stays “scoopable” even when frozen and will make it last a lot longer. Keep in an airtight container. If merely refrigerated it will go bad much sooner than if frozen.
For the dried seaweed to soak in warm water, is sushi nori, roasted seaweed, the right kind of dried seaweed? I bought Yatta! Brand, and now I wonder if I bought the wrong kind.
You got the wrong seaweed.
I am unclear whether I am to discard the kombu after boiling it (but before adding Bonito flakes). It says to discard the bonito flakes after boiling, but does not tell me whether to discard the kombu after removing from the broth, or add it back with the “seaweed”. If kombu is seaweed, then I would add it back later but if not, I would discard it.
Kombu is always discarded.
Thanks. I hadn’t looked at the kombu first – it’s like a solid sheet of thick seaweed leaf. So it is used like a bay leaf in Asian soups (add for flavor then discard). I made the miso soup without kombu a few times first and it tasted delicious as well. I added a little fish sauce at the end (don’t boil it) to give it some salty umami-ness. Great recipe – one I will now make often. Light, nutritious, delicious.
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Seems like a lot of seaweed once rehydrated and not enough liquid in the soup
Add water if reduces too much. You can cut down the seaweed.
Do you know a good brand for 1) dashi, 2) kombu, & 3) Bonita flakes. Also, where can I get them online as I live in a little town in MA.
Any brand is fine.
This will be my breakfast tomorrow morning! Thanks for reminding me! I have all the ingredients. :-)
~ Nicole ~