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Very Flavorful “Authentic Tofu Miso Soup” (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free)


Today I will teach you “How to make Authentic Homemade Miso Soup” with recipe video and detailed PDF direction. It is very easy to cook and has great flavor and wonderful taste, but I am sure you have never tasted authentic miso soup at most of restaurants in the US.

One of tips for cooking miso soup is to use great Dashi stock. I use different Dashi stocks depending on ingredients in my miso soup. I like to use bonito Dashi stock for vegetable miso soup. I tend to use kelp or anchovy Dashi stock for seaweed and seafood miso soup. Sometimes I use blended Dashi stocks which is very flavorful! If you follow a vegan diet, you can use kelp Dashi stock. I have some homemade Dashi stock recipes in my blog.
Here is “Kelp Dashi Stock” recipe post:  Homemade Kelp Dashi stock / Salted Kelp (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)
Here is “Anchovy Dashi Stock” recipe post: Homemade Anchovy Dashi Stock (Gluten-Free)

But you can also use instant Dashi stock powder to save time. There are a lot of great ones in many Asian markets and also on Amazon.

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Bonito Dashi powder              Kelp Dashi Powder

I want to tell you one more tip to cook delicious miso soup. Basically I use 2 Tbsp. of miso paste for 2 cups of Dashi stock. But you can use less or more miso paste. I tend to use a little bit more miso paste than 2 Tbsp. for vegetable miso soup. I use less than 2 Tbsp. of miso paste for seafood miso soup because I can enjoy the seafood flavor!


Miso soup is an important dish in the Japanese diet. Miso (Soybean paste) is a traditional fermented food product. It is a very nutritious food, and Japanese say it may help keep the doctor away. In fact, there have been many studies of the beneficial effects of Miso on human health. I like to eat miso soup for breakfast more than anything else because I feel energy, my stomach feels comfortable and my head becomes clear. I think my body gets ready for school or work when I have miso soup in the morning.

In this recipe I use tofu. I like tofu miso soup because it is the quickest and easiest miso soup recipe! You can use any vegetables such as onion, potato, spinach, Daikon radish, mushrooms, carrot, bean sprouts, and so on. You can also use any seafood and seaweed for miso soup such as Wakame seaweed, clam, freshwater clam, oyster, lobster, and so on.

The recipe is very easy.

Boil Dashi stock and cut tofu. Dissolve miso paste.

Ingredients (servings 2)
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7 oz. (1/2 pack) Tofu

2 cups Dashi Stock (any kind is okay)
(recommended instant kelp Dashi powder)Kelp Dashi Powder
(Recommended instant bonito Dashi powder)Ajinomoto – Hon Dashi

2 Tbsp. ORGANIC Miso Paste

Some minced Green Onion (to taste)

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Tofu Miso Soup

Recipe Video on YouTube:


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

46 thoughts on “Very Flavorful “Authentic Tofu Miso Soup” (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free)

  1. I love a good miso soup! Have never made it before but this is on my list of things to try. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thank you for the nice comment!! I hope you like it! I made the recipe very easy, simple and delicious! My mother used to add a little bit of soy sauce and cooking Sake to soup but if we use good Dashi stock and good Japanese miso paste, we don’t need to add seasonings at all. Delicious 🙂


  2. Love miso soup! can;t wait to try your recipe.

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  3. I love miso soup! This is a good one.

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  4. I love ANY kind of soup, including miso. I’ve only ever had it at sushi restaurants, thinking those would use the proper stuff? Thank you for the tutorial for when I want to make it!

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  6. I’ve only had this soup when eating out. Thanks for the wonderful video.

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    • Thank you for the comment 🙂 When you have a good Miso paste in the refrigerator, it is great for you to cook Miso soup because you can chose your favorite ingredients and it is delicious, healthy and extremely easy. I love to use potato and onion as Miso soup ingredients too. That time I need to simmer until the ingredients get tender before dissolving Miso paste. But the cooking process is always same. Tofu and dried seaweed (Wakame) are the best for the quickest Miso soup recipe 😀

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  7. This looks so good and easy. Thanks!

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    • Thank you for the comment!! Yes, Miso soup is a quite easy dish! Also you can pick your favorite ingredients 🙂 I just want to recommend choosing authentic Japanese Miso paste. The taste becomes a lot different depending on Miso paste.


  8. This is a very refreshing soup and best of all is easy to make. Thanks for sharing 😊
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  9. happily i shall
    try this authentic
    recipe, soon 🙂

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  10. This is lovely, my happy pixel!! It looks easier than I thought it was… If I can’t find this special stock, is ok to use vegetable stock? Maybe then it will be similar to this tofu soup I made last Winter:
    Love, thp

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    • Yes, you can use a vegetable stock. The soup is just going to have different flavor.
      One time I have cooked Miso soup without Dashi stock which meant I used Miso paste, boils water and tofu. I felt it had very light taste, no richness of taste.
      So as long as you use a broth or stock, I think you can get a good flavorful Miso soup 🙂

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  11. Ahh looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe and thank you for liking my photo!

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  12. I stumbled upon your blog from another blogger. Love it!

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  13. I love miso soup and find it’s what I crave when I’m not feeling well. When I traveled to Hawaii years ago with my husband, our hotel on Kauai served traditional Japanese breakfast items along with the American breakfast options at the buffet and I enjoyed having miso soup for breakfast a few of the mornings. You’ve inspired me to try miso for breakfast again, I can’t wait!

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  14. Looks delicious, very very great! 😉

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  15. I have to drive an hour and a half to get good miso paste, but it’s worth it.
    I think I eat it once a week. Simple, yet satisfying. 🙂

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  16. Wow, it must be very delicious..! Videos are very good.

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  17. I just found your blog, thanks for the recipe! I just wanted to mention that some miso pastes have gluten in them, but some don’t! Hopefully, I can find some gluten-free miso and make this (^_^)

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