Come and savor our 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!
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Why I Love This Recipe
Tofu Miso Soup 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 embodies 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!
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 the protein-packed Egg Drop Miso Soup or the 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!
Step 1 Add cubed tofu into Dashi and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Step 2 Turn off the heat, incorporate miso paste, and whisk until dissolved.
Step 3 Serve and garnish with chopped green onion.
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.
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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Watch How To Make It
Tofu Miso Soup
- 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.
- Cut Tofu into bite size squares. Size of the squares really is personal preference, but we like our tofu cut small, so the squares are about 1/4".
- Finley chop green onions and set aside.
- 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.
- Add Tofu into stove top pot and cook on 2-3 minutes.
- Add Miso inside a strainer as shown below and mix into soup (never boil Miso as it will lose its umami flavor).
- Add in green onions and serve.