Tofu Miso Soup

Come and savor my Tofu Miso Soup recipe, a quick and comforting traditional Japanese soup made with miso paste and dashi as its base! This miso soup variation features soft and silky tofu, making it a perfect addition to any Japanese meal or a soothing standalone dish. In just under 7 minutes, you can enjoy the warm embrace of this healthy and flavorful classic Japanese soup!

Bowl of tofu miso soup served with tofu, green onions and wooden soup spoon.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Tofu Miso Soup recipe is a timeless classic, an essential side dish that seamlessly pairs with a wide range of Japanese-style meals! Crafted from miso and dashi, it represents the very essence of authentic Japanese soup! But the true star here is the soft and luscious tofu, elevating this dish to a nourishing and satisfying delight. Its savory umami richness envelops you in a warm and comforting embrace, making it the perfect companion for any Japanese meal, trust me!

Whether you’re in pursuit of an authentic taste of Japan or seeking a healthy side dish to enhance your Japanese feast, this miso soup is an absolute must-try! You can also venture into exciting miso variations, such as my protein-packed Egg Drop Miso Soup or my briny Clam Miso Soup, a delightful pairing with seafood. It’s a food journey that invites you to savor the heart and flavor of Japanese cuisine, and it’s ready for you to enjoy right now!



  • Dashi fish broth made from steeping kombu and bonito flakes with boiling water. Can also use Hondashi mixed in water for instant dashi.
  • Tofu – soft or medium white Tofu.
  • Green Onion – chopped green onion scallions.
  • Miso – awase brown Miso works best.

🥢 Dashi Pro Tip

For easier and cost-effective preparation of the dashi, use Hondashi. This quick tip simplifies the process and ensures a flavorful base for your miso soup.

🥢 Miso Ingredient Note

You have three miso paste options: White Miso, which is mild and sweet; Red Miso, known for its robust and salty flavor; and Brown Miso, or Awase Miso, offering a balanced blend of salty, sweet, and umami. We recommend using Brown Miso but it is a matter of personal preference.

Bowl of tofu miso soup served with tofu and green onions.


Step 1 Add cubed tofu into Dashi and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Chopped tofu.

Step 2 Turn off the heat, incorporate miso paste, and whisk until dissolved.

Miso being whisked in dashi.

Step 3 Serve and garnish with chopped green onion.

Tofu miso soup in a bowl.

🥢 Miso Pro Tip

To maintain the savory umami flavor and preserve the probiotic benefits in miso paste, Avoid Boiling the soup once miso is whisked in.

Pairing Recommendations

Miso soup is a versatile side dish that pairs perfectly with various Japanese-style meals. For a hearty and satisfying dinner, consider serving it alongside dishes like Japanese Hamburg Steak or Japanese Pork Stir Fry, accompanied by your choice of rice. It’s also worth mentioning that miso soup is an important dish in Japanese Breakfast, adding a nutritious and flavorful element to the morning meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is miso considered healthy?

Miso is considered healthy because it's rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc, copper, and manganese. It's also a good source of dietary fiber and protein. Miso contains probiotics for gut health.

What is dashi, and can I substitute it with something else?

Dashi is a flavorful soup base made from fish extract, and it plays a crucial role in achieving the umami flavors in Japanese dishes. Unfortunately, it's challenging to find a suitable substitute for dashi that replicates its unique taste.

How do I prevent the miso from clumping when I add it to the soup?

To prevent miso from clumping, place it in a strainer and whisk it into the soup until dissolved.

Can I serve this soup as a standalone dish, or is it better as a side?

Miso soup is typically considered a side dish. If you're looking for a hearty standalone meal, you might want to try making Tonjiru miso soup.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place the soup in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will stay fresh in the fridge for 7-10 days. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply microwave to warm it up.

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Bowl of tofu miso soup served with tofu and green onions, top down shot.

Tofu Miso Soup

Discover the delightful flavors of Tofu Miso Soup, a comforting Japanese classic. Enjoy the umami-rich experience of this healthy dish.
4.50 from 10 votes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: tofu miso soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 2 Bowls
Print Recipe
Calories: 316kcal


  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Bonito Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Tofu soft or medium, firmness is up to personal preference
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion
  • 2 tbsp Miso


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for tofu miso soup.
  • Cut Tofu into bite size squares. Size of the squares really is personal preference, but I like my tofu cut small, so the squares are about 1/4".
    Chopped tofu.
  • Finley chop green onions and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • To make dashi, add water into a stove top pot. Place bonito flakes inside a strainer and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let bonito flakes steep for 2-3 minutes. Discard bonito flakes once done.
    Dashi in a pot.
  • Add Tofu into stove top pot and cook on 2-3 minutes.
    Tofu in a pot.
  • Add Miso inside a strainer as shown below and mix into soup (never boil Miso as it will lose its umami flavor).
    Miso being whisked in dashi.
  • Add in green onions and serve.
    Tofu miso soup in a bowl.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 650mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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