Miso Soup (Suggestions for Many Recipe Combinations)

Recipe suggestions for various miso soups. Miso is a fermented paste made with soybeans, sometimes with the addition of rice or barley and is full of goodness.
Miso Soup
Miso Soup

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Miso is a fermented paste made with soybeans, sometimes with the addition of rice or barley. Salt and a starter called Koji, are added to the whole mix which is then left to ferment for anything from 6 months to a few years.

Types of Miso

There are different types of Miso and they can be classified according to where in Japan they’re produced, according to their strength/colour as well as the ingredients used. Generally, unless you intend to have a pantry full of different types of miso, the most important thing to note is the colour and therefore the strength of the Miso paste.

Essentially, the darker the miso, the older, the saltier and stronger in flavour it is. Conversely, the lighter coloured ones are milder and border on the slightly sweet, which of course makes them perfect for lightly flavoured soups. Of course, there will always be exceptions to this rule but as a general guide to miso buying and use, it will suffice.

You can read more about buying the right sort of miso to enjoy its benefits, here on this post by Kenta Goto:

5 Tips to Appreciate Health Benefits of Miso (生味噌)

It is only in recent years that the West has cottoned on to something people in the Far East have known for generations – Miso is a wonder food!

Some Health Benefits of Miso

  • it contains all the essential amino acids and is therefore considered a complete protein
  • it is a good source of B vitamins
  • it is a probiotic food
  • it is a digestive aid
  • it is high in antioxidants

An important thing to remember when using miso is that it is “alive”; being a cultured food, it does not want to be boiled. Miso should never be cooked over 48˚C/118˚F, any higher than that and you are going to be killing off all that natural goodness. I always take the pot off the heat, let it sit for 5 minutes before adding the miso. The best way to add miso paste to soups or stews is to dilute it slightly with a little of the soup in a bowl or cup before adding it to the pot – this prevents unnecessary lumps.

Instead of providing you with an exact recipe, I shall instead suggest the ingredients you can use, starting off with 2 basic ingredients. However, one that I make often: potatoes, ginger, onions, cabbage, shiitake, spinach and Nori (seaweed) torn & added after the miso. Serve with brown rice, a simple but nutritious meal, especially after a detox day.

Potato and Onion Miso Soup is a very common one in many Japanese households for its simplicity & use of staple ingredients.

If you do want an exact recipe, here’s one, just click on the image.

Miso Soup with Prawns and Udon Noodles
Miso Soup with Prawns and Udon Noodles

Miso paste – lighter colour would have a milder taste, generally, perfect for first timers!

Dashi – would be ideal, otherwise, any ordinary additive free stock (homemade would be good) or even just plain water.

Dashi recipes: Part 1 & Part 2.

How to make Dashi? Here’s my YouTube video.

Now, let’s get our aprons on!

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Miso Soup (Suggestions for many Recipes)

Recipe suggestions for various miso soups. Miso is a fermented paste made with soybeans, sometimes with the addition of rice or barley and is full of goodness.
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Course: Main Course, Starter
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor

Ingredients

Broth Ingredients

  • 1 litre dashi
  • 4-5 Tbsp miso paste I like mine strong, start with 3, if you’re not sure

Other ingredients (any number & combination)

  • Tofu
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Daikon
  • Seaweed
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Fish
  • Chicken

*Seasonings/Spices/Herbs (in moderation, taste & check)*

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Spring Onions
  • Sake
  • Mirin
  • Soy Sauce
  • And the list goes on

Instructions

  • Cook any hard ingredients or meat first, once they’re cooked, add the quick cooking one like the vegetables.
  • Once cooked, take off heat, wait 5 minutes, then dilute a little of the miso paste in some of the soup in a cup, before adding to the rest in the saucepan.

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3995IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2mg
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