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Japanese Miso Soup Recipe – This savory homemade miso broth is light yet filling, and takes only 5 minutes to make! It’s also easily made as a vegan miso broth.

Side view of this soup/broth in a pot and bowl with a wooden spoon

Homemade Miso Broth

Miso soup is something I crave on a regular basis. It’s a guilt-free bowl of comfort with a distinct salty soy flavor.

I used to think the only “real” homemade miso soup recipe was to open a packet of dry miso soup and stir it into water.

Then I learned… Cooking an authentic miso soup is not much more complicated than using dry packets. Yet the taste is something to experience! Rich and savory.

Today I’m sharing an easy and delightful 5 Ingredient Miso Soup Recipe that can be made in just 5 minutes!

With only 5 simple ingredients, and 5 minutes time (provided you have a high heat burner), you can make a fresh, robust soup that’s good enough to serve to dinner guests.

You can even make this dish as a completely vegan miso soup!

Single serving of this japanese soup that is comfort in a cup

What You Need for 5 Ingredient Miso Soup

  • Dashi is a common Asian soup broth made with mushrooms, dried fish, and seaweed. However, it can be tricky to find in certain parts of the country (or world). If you can’t find dashi, or prefer to make a vegan miso soup version, use mushroom broth instead. It resembles the flavor of dashi, without the dried fish.
  • White Miso Paste can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce department. It has a strong soy flavor with a slight floral essence. It’s fabulous for making sauces, glazes, and of course a killer miso soup recipe.
  • Tofu can also be found in the refrigerated section of the produce department. Buy a “firm” or “extra firm” variety so it holds together when cut.
  • Nori Sheets are thin pieces of dried seaweed, often used for rolling sushi. They can be found in the international section of most major grocery chains. If you are using mushroom broth instead of dashi, don’t skip the nori sheets. They really lift the flavor!
  • Scallions or green onions round out a warm bowl of miso soup. You can stir them into the pot at the end, or use them as a garnish.
All the ingredients that are needed to make this japanese broth

How to Make Homemade Miso Soup

You won’t believe how terrifically easy this low-carb miso broth recipe is.

Seriously, all you have to do is:

  1. Bring the broth to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat.
  3. Stir in the 4 remaining ingredients.
  4. Serve and enjoy.


That means you can have this amazing and healthy miso soup recipe any time you want.

Even at midnight. Or for lunch. Maybe try it for breakfast?

Try serving your family for dinner, and I’m sure this will become a regular favorite!

Get the Complete (Printable) Japanese Miso Soup Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Whole pot full of this japanese recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Is This Soup Gluten-Free?

Because it is made with fermented soybeans and a binding agent, miso is typically not gluten-free at restaurants.

However, if you check your ingredients, you can find gluten-free dashi and miso paste. So it’s easy to make gluten-free at home!

This miso soup recipe is also not paleo-friendly; however, it is low carb!

What Broth Variations Can I Try?

Traditional homemade miso soup is made using flavorful dashi – made of mushrooms, dried fish, and seaweed.

For a vegan miso broth, substitute mushroom broth for a similarly rich soup base as dashi.

If you are looking for a mushroom-free broth, you can swap chicken or vegetable broth. Your soup will not have quite that same hearty, earthy flavor of traditional miso soup; however, adding miso paste to your preferred broth will still help to create that crave-worthy salty and savory flavor.

How Long Do These Soup Leftovers Keep in The Fridge?

Stored in an airtight container, miso broth will keep well in the fridge for 3-5 days.

For freezing, I recommend sealing the tofu separately in freezer-safe bags, and storing the soup in airtight containers for up to 6 months.

What Are Some Benefits of this Miso Broth/Soup?

Miso soup is full of essential minerals that your body craves as well as vitamins like vitamin B, K, and E. This soup also has some major gut health benefits from the fermented miso paste. 

Can I Add Any Other Additional Ingredients?

Yes, there is a variety of ingredients that you can add if you would like. For example, some of those could be:

  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Corn
  • Bok Choy
  • Carrots
Finished 5 ingredient recipe that is ready to eat

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Japanese Miso Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Easy 5 ingredient Miso Soup Recipe – This savory homemade miso soup is light yet filling, and takes only 5 minutes to make! Also easily made as a vegan miso soup.
Servings: 8 cups


  • 1 quart dashi broth or mushroom broth for vegan recipe
  • 1/2 cup white miso paste
  • 3/4 cup firm tofu diced
  • 2 nori sheets dried seaweed sheets
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions scallions


  • Place the dashi or mushroom broth in a large stockpot. Add 1 quart of water, cover, and bring to a boil.
  • While the broth is coming to a boil, dry the tofu with paper towels and dice. Then cut the nori sheets into small 1/4-inch pieces with kitchen shears. Chop the green onions.
  • Once the broth reaches a boil, turn off the heat and whisk in the miso paste. Once dissolved, add the tofu, nori, and green onions. Stir and serve.



Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 75kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1019mg, Potassium: 155mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 110IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 79mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Author: Sommer Collier

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31 comments on “Japanese Miso Soup”

  1. Hi Sommer
    I haven’t actually made this yet but after watching a YouTube video and speaking to the owner of an Asian market, I can tell your soup is pretty much how they would make it!
    One thing though, as I was shopping today for the ingredients to make the dashi (which is VERY easy to cook) and your soup, I was looking for the nori sheets. In this Asian market the guy had a package of 50 sheets and it was about $26. When I told him the nori sheets were for miso soup, he said, “No! No!! That’s for sushi! Not Miso soup! You need Wakame!” Wakame is cut up dried seaweed and can be bought in small packages. When I looked at a YouTube video, the guy doing the video said the same thing, that it’s usually made with wakame. I guess nori sheets can be used, but they were so expensive around me compared to the smaller packages of the other seaweed!

    I just wanted to pass that along. I’ll be making this tomorrow and I’m sure it will be great!

  2. Absolutely delish. My daughter said it’s better than the restaurant.  

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  4. Why is sodium content so high?

  5. So easy and delicious! This is my kind of comfort food!

  6. We loved every bite of this!

  7. This was really amazing! I love how comforting this is!

  8. This is one of the best miso’s that I have found!

  9. love miso, I feel so good eating it for some reason but have never made it, now I know how, thank you!

  10. Yes! Super simple with great flavor! This is the way to go!

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  22. HI!
    I was wondering what brand of miso paste you used? I live in Colorado with no Asain markets around :(
    We just have a Walmart, City Market and a Safeway.

    • Hi Ana, White Miso paste is actually a light caramel color. Just look for any brand/variety with that color and you should be ok. :)

  23. YES! My boyfriend and I LOVE miso soup! I have been looking for an easy recipe for forever, and this looks like the one… Except he’s allergic to mushrooms! I know I can sub out the broth, but do you think there’s a dashi available without mushrooms in it? 

    I’ll stop by the Asian market tomorrow to check it out, now that I know what I need. I hope I can find something to make this for us both!

    Thank you! I love your website and recipes!

  24. Pinning this right now to make in the new year! Love miso!

  25. I love miso soup – what a great idea to use mushroom broth!

  26. Sommer, I don’t think I’ve ever HAD miso soup before….now I totally want to make it!

  27. This looks like a delicious idea for lunch today! Happy New Year!

  28. So comforting and delicious! I need to make this soon!

  29. I love miso soup especially late at night! Thanks for sharing. I want to make this.

  30. Love this recipe, Sommer. So quick and easy! Happy New Year, friend!