Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup

This Tonjiru Japanese Pork Miso Soup recipe is a hearty cold weather soup full of tender pork belly and healthy vegetables that’s easy to make and so satisfying!  It’s a go-to Japanese soup recipe during the winter months!

Tonjiru, meaning “pork soup” in Japanese, is one of the heartiest and umami packed soups. Made from traditional miso and flavored with all the goodness from the pork belly and veggies, not only is this soup healthy but it’s also low in carbs.

This hearty soup is very easy to make and makes for a perfect meal to warm you up during the winter season.

Japanese tonjiru pork miso soup served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, side angle shot.

What is Japanese Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup?

Tonjiru is a hearty soup made from traditional miso paste that’s been cooked with pork belly and various healthy roots and vegetables. It can be enjoyed as a side or main dish.

What ingredients will I need to make tonjiru pork miso soup ?

  • Dashi
  • Pork Belly
  • Sesame Oil
  • Ginger
  • Burdock Root (Gobo)
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Green Onion
  • Japanese Radish (Daikon)
  • Tofu
  • Shirataki Noodles
  • Awase Brown Miso

What kind of miso should I use?

Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans.  It adds a savory umami flavor to many Japanese dishes.

There are many kinds of miso including red/aka, white/shiro, and brown/awase.  Awase means a mix and it’s a blend of white and brown miso paste.

For pork miso soup, I recommend using brown/awase miso for the perfect balance of salt and umami.

How do you use miso paste?

The general rule is 1 tbsp of miso per 1 cup of liquid/broth.

Add miso into soft boiling water and mix to dissolve.  Once you add miso, remove it from heat. Avoid boiling miso.  Doing so will kill the healthy active probiotics found in miso that helps with digestive health.

What kind of pork belly cut should I use for this tonjiru recipe?

Any type of pork belly should we find to use for this recipe.  Skinless thick or thin cut pork belly is preferred.

Japanese tonjiru pork miso soup served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, side angle shot.

What is the nutrition information for this tonjiru soup recipe?

  • 514 Calories
  • 5g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 11g Protein
  • 50g Fat
  • 61mg Cholesterol
  • 583mg Sodium
  • 205mg Potassium
  • 15mg Calcium
  • 1mg Iron
  • 93ui Vitamin A
  • 1mg Vitamin C

Do you have any tips or tricks for making this Japanese pork miso soup recipe?

  • Don’t let the miso soup boil or it will lose some of the flavors and kill the beneficial probiotics found in miso.
  • If you’re short of time, you can use  hondashi to make the soup stock.
  • Sprinkle some Togarashi (Japanese ground chili pepper) to give it some spice.
  • For a more hearty soup, add konjac block and fresh shiitake mushrooms.
  • Tonjiru miso soup tastes the best the day after, so double up the batch.
  • You can safely freeze any leftovers.

Japanese tonjiru pork miso soup noodles being picked up with chopsticks and a wooden spoon, top down shot.

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Now let’s get making this Japanese Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup recipe!

  • Prepping Time 10M
  • Cook Time 20M
  • Total Time 30M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~6g
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups of Dashi
  • 1 1/2 lb Slice of Pork Belly
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 1/4 Whole Burdock Root Gobo (about 6 inches)
  • 1 Whole Carrot
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion
  • 2 Inch Japanese Radish (Daikon)
  • 1/4 Box of Tofu (about 3.5oz)
  • 8 oz Shirataki Noodles
  • 5 1/2 tbsp Miso

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Make 6 Cups of Dashi.  Set on simmer and hold aside.

3) In the meantime, peel the skin off the Japanese radish, cut into small cubes about 1″ x 1″ and place in a bowl of water.

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Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (4)

4) Cut pork belly into slices that are about 1/2 inch thick and set aside.

Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (5)

5) Grate ginger and set aside.

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6) Coat frying pan with cooking oil and add in sliced pork belly and grated ginger on high heat.  Cook for about 2-3 until browned on all sides, add in 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil and mix well.  Once done, transfer to a holding plate.

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Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (42)

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7) Prepare all the ingredients by chopping onions, slicing carrots and burdock root into 1/4″ slices, cutting tofu into 1/2″ cubes, and finely chopping green onions.  Set all aside.

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Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (44)

8) Prepare Shirataki Noodles by straining prepacked liquid and washing noodles under cold water.  Set aside in a bowl.

9) Coat a large stove top pot with cooking oil on high heat and add in carrots, burdock root and onions.  Cook for 1 minute while mixing and then add in 1 tbsp of sesame oil.

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10) Next, add the cooked pork belly and Dashi from step 2).  Strain the water from Japanese radish and add into the stove top pot.  Bring the soup to a boil and once boiling, lower heat to low/simmer and cover 7/8 way to allow for venting.  Cook for 20 minutes.

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Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (48)

11) After 20 minutes has passed, add tofu and Shirataki Noodles, cook for another 3 minutes partially covered.

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12) Inside a strainer, add Miso and mix into water to dissolve (never boil Miso as it will lose its umami flavor).  Transfer soup to a serving bowl and top with green onion.

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Japanese tonjiru pork miso soup served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon, top down shot.

Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup

Warm and comforting Tonjiru Japanese Pork Miso Soup. A hearty cold weather soup full of tender pork belly and healthy vegetables that’s easy to make and so satisfying! It's a go-to Japanese soup recipe during the winter months!
5 from 8 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: pork miso soup, tonjiru recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Print Recipe
Calories: 514kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups Dashi
  • 1 1/2 lb Pork Belly
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 1/4 Whole Burdock Root
  • 1 Whole Carrot
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion
  • 2 Inches Japanese Radish Daikon
  • 1/4 Box Tofu about 3.5oz
  • 8 oz Shirataki Noodles
  • 5 1/2 tbsp Miso

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (1)
  • Make 6 Cups of Dashi. Set on simmer and hold aside.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (1)
  • In the meantime, peel the skin off the Japanese radish, cut into small cubes about 1" x 1" and place in a bowl of water.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (4)
  • Cut pork belly into slices that are about 1/2 inch thick and set aside.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (5)
  • Grate ginger and set aside.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (6)
  • Coat frying pan with cooking oil and add in sliced pork belly and grated ginger on high heat.  Cook for about 2-3 until browned on all sides, add in 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil and mix well.  Once done, transfer to a holding plate.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (19)
  • Prepare all the ingredients by dicing onions, slicing carrots and burdock root into 1/4" slices, cutting tofu into 1/2" cubes, and finely chopping green onions. Set all aside.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (43)
  • Prepare Shirataki Noodles by straining prepacked liquid and washing noodles under cold water. Set aside in a bowl.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (45)
  • Coat a large stove top pot with cooking oil on high heat and add in carrots, burdock root and onions.  Cook for 1 minute while mixing and then add in 1 tbsp of sesame oil.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (46)
  • Next, add the cooked pork belly and Dashi from step 2). Strain the water from Japanese radish and add into the stove top pot. Bring the soup to a boil and once boiling, lower heat to low/simmer and cover 7/8 way to allow for venting. Cook for 20 minutes.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (48)
  • After 20 minutes has passed, add tofu and Shirataki Noodles, cook for another 3 minutes partially covered.
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (49)
  • Inside a strainer, add Miso and mix into water to dissolve (never boil Miso as it will lose its umami flavor). Transfer soup to a serving bowl and top with green onion. 
    Tonjiru Pork Miso Soup Recipe (50)

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Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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4 Comments

  1. I’ve think I found the ramen fix ? you guys are amazing

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Foodie! Tonjiru is my and my father-in-laws favorite soup! It’s much less salty than miso ramen and much more creamy and light. If you’re strict keto, just make sure to limit the amount of root vegetables you use to avoid racking up the carbs. This soup is really good though! Wish more people knew about it!

  2. I had a craving for Ramen in this cold weather. I can’t wait to make this dish! Thanks!

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