We love throwing roll-your-own sushi parties. And what better way to start a sushi party than with a simple cup of miso soup!
There are two options for this miso soup. If you have a lot of time, then I recommend making a dashi broth in advance. Otherwise, just use water for a nearly instant soup. Miso has plenty of flavour to offer this rich and delicious soup.
Why I love Simple Miso Soup
I’ll admit a quick bowl of miso soup is one of my go-to recipes. It’s gluten-free, vegan and full of nutrients. Since I make my own miso, it’s also probiotic! Even if you don’t make your own miso, you can find live, probiotic miso in the refrigerated section of your grocery store or online (affiliate link).
Here are a few ways to enjoy a quick cup of soup.
- A perfect opening dish for a Japanese meal.
- Serve it with sushi! I even make it when we buy takeout sushi. It’s that easy.
- Warming afterschool snack.
- Throw in a handful of rice vermicelli for a quick and healthy lunch.
Simple Kombu Dashi
Dashi is a Japanese soup broth that is used as the base for soups and noodle bowls. There are a number of different ways to make dashi. However, I like kombu dashi because it is simple, vegan and kombu happens to be a local product. Kombu dashi is also great as an all-purpose vegan soup broth. It’s loaded with flavour and vitamins and minerals. How perfect is that!?
Making kombu dashi is simple… all you need is a bit of time.
- Measure 4 cups of water into a small pot. Add 1 or 2 large pieces of dashi kombu (affiliate link). You need about 4″ (10cm) square.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the kombu and your broth is ready!
Simple Miso Soup
Looking for a traditional Japanese restaurant-style miso soup? This vegan miso soup is quick and easy to make.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4–6 1x
- Category: Soup
- Cuisine: Japanese
- Diet: Vegan
- 4 cups water or kombu dashi
- 1/2 cup of tofu cut into 1/4 ” cubes
- 1 tsp dried wakame or dulse flakes
- 3 tbsp miso paste
- 2 spring onions (1/4 cup), chopped
- See the section above for making your own kombu dashi. It’s not necessary, but it will add a lot of flavour and nutrients to this soup.
- Bring the water (or broth) to a boil. Add in the tofu and dried wakame and turn off the heat. Allow the soup to cool slightly while you mix the miso paste.
- To add the miso paste to the soup, remove 1 cup of broth from the pot. Mix in the miso paste into the cup of broth until it’s well dissolved.
- Stir the miso into the cooling soup. Garnish with spring onions and serve!
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