Healthy Vegetarian Miso Soup Recipe for Immune Boosting

Listen up, fellow foodies! I’ve got a recipe that will blow your socks off and tantalize your taste buds like never before. This vegetarian miso soup recipe is the perfect choice for anyone who is looking for a healthy, hearty, and delicious soup that’s packed with flavor.

As a vegan chef, I know that finding wholesome meals that are both tasty and nutritious can be quite a challenge. That’s why I created this recipe to satisfy even the most discerning palate while also delivering some serious health benefits.

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese dish that’s been around for centuries, and for good reason too! This soup is high in nutrients, rich in umami flavor, and incredibly versatile. It’s made with a base of miso paste, which is a fermented soybean paste that adds depth to the dish.

So whether you’re in the mood for something light and refreshing or want to indulge in some serious comfort food, this recipe has got you covered. Plus, it’s easy to make and takes only 15 minutes! So grab your pots and pans; let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegetarian Miso Soup
Vegetarian Miso Soup

Listen up, folks! I have a recipe that’s going to knock your socks off. This Vegan Miso Soup is unlike any other soup you’ve tasted before. You’re not going to want to miss out on this one.

First things first, let’s talk about the flavor – it’s absolutely divine. Trust me when I say that this combination of light miso, soy sauce, and scallions is going to tantalize your taste buds in ways you never thought possible. Not only that, but it’s incredibly healthy too! It’s packed with essential nutrients and vitamins from the vegetable stock and tofu.

Plus, this recipe is quick! I know all of y’all are busy with your daily lives, but you can whip up a batch of this soup in just 15 minutes. That’s right – it’s perfect for those days when you need something quick and easy.

Now, I know there may be some skeptics out there who don’t think vegan soup can be filling or satisfying, but let me tell you – this soup will prove them wrong. The firm tofu is both high in protein and filling enough to make this a complete meal.

Are you convinced yet? If not, let me leave you with one last thing – this Vegan Miso Soup is incredibly versatile. You can switch up the ingredients to suit your tastes or even add some rice noodles or daikon radish for a unique twist. And did I mention it’s low-FODMAP? Yep, this soup is friendly for those following the FODMAP diet.

So what are you waiting for? Give this Vegan Miso Soup a try and join me on Team Miso!

Ingredient List

 The steam from this miso soup just screams comfort food.
The steam from this miso soup just screams comfort food.

Let’s Get Started with Ingredients!

To create this savory and healthy vegetarian miso soup, these are the ingredients you need to prepare:

For the soup:

  • 4 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 cup sliced bok choy
  • ½ cup sliced scallions
  • 2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup dried seaweed (wakame or kombu dashi)
  • ¾ cup -1 tbsp light miso paste (depending on preference)
  • 5 ounces firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

To garnish:

  • Sliced scallions
  • Silken tofu cubed
  • Wakame dried seaweed

Some of these ingredients may already be available in your pantry, such as low-sodium soy sauce and dried seaweed. Others can be found easily at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.

If you don’t have all of the exact ingredients, don’t worry. I’ll share with you some substitutions that can work well to make this recipe yours!

The Recipe How-To

 Take a deep breath, and let the aroma of savory broth filled with veggies and tofu revitalize you.
Take a deep breath, and let the aroma of savory broth filled with veggies and tofu revitalize you.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter, shall we? Time to make this Vegetarian Miso Soup Recipe come to life. Don’t worry; it’s a quick and easy dish that only takes 15 minutes to prepare!


  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup of dried wakame seaweed
  • 1/2 cup of firm tofu, cut into small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons of light low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of white miso paste

Now that you have all your ingredients ready, let’s start cooking!


  1. Firstly, bring the first five ingredients (water, vegetable stock, scallions, wakame seaweed and firm tofu) to the boil in a pot.
  2. Once it is boiled, turn down the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 5-7 minutes until the tofu becomes tender.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the white miso paste with a ladleful of the soup mixture until smooth.
  4. Next, slowly pour the miso mixture back into the pot while stirring gently until everything is fully combined.
  5. Lastly, stir in low-sodium soy sauce and bring it to a simmer for a few more minutes until heated through.

Voila! It’s as simple as that – easy peasy.

Optional garnish:

You could sprinkle on more thinly sliced scallions or add some soft silken tofu just before serving.

See notes

It’s important not to boil the soup after you’ve added miso paste because high heat can destroy the enzymes and bacteria that make miso high in nutritional content.

Enjoy this healthy and budget-friendly soup recipe any day of the week without having to compromise on taste or authenticity!

Substitutions and Variations

 This bowl is a hearty meal-in-a-bowl that everyone will love.
This bowl is a hearty meal-in-a-bowl that everyone will love.

When it comes to making this delicious Vegetarian Miso Soup recipe, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can experiment with to make it truly your own. Here are some ideas to get you started.

– Tofu: While the recipe calls for firm tofu, you can also use soft tofu or even silken tofu for a creamier texture. If you’re not a fan of tofu, try using tempeh or seitan instead for a protein-packed alternative.

– Miso paste: The recipe calls for light miso and white miso paste, but feel free to use any type of miso paste you prefer. Red miso has a stronger flavor, while yellow miso is milder. You could even try mixing different types of miso for a unique flavor profile.

– Vegetables: This recipe uses scallions, dried seaweed and shiitake mushrooms, but feel free to add in more vegetables such as shredded cabbage, chopped bok choy or thinly sliced daikon radish for added crunch and nutritional value.

– Broth: If you don’t have vegetable stock on hand, water with kombu dashi or even just plain water will work fine in this recipe. You can also use low sodium soy sauce as a flavor booster.

– Noodles: Add cooked rice noodles or soba noodles to the soup just before serving for added texture and flavor.

Whether you decide to mix up the ingredients or stick to the traditional miso soup recipe, this vegan/vegetarian miso soup can be customized to your taste preferences without compromising its healthy benefits.

Serving and Pairing

 This miso soup recipe is a vegetarian version, meaning it has all the hearty goodness from the meat version, but is 100% plant-based.
This miso soup recipe is a vegetarian version, meaning it has all the hearty goodness from the meat version, but is 100% plant-based.

When it comes to serving and pairing vegan miso soup, there are a lot of possibilities. The lightness of the broth makes it an excellent starter for a Japanese-style meal. It’s also perfect as a comforting lunch or light dinner option if you add in some noodles or tofu.

If you’re looking to keep it simple, serve this soup with some steamed rice and thinly sliced scallions on top for added flavor and crunch. You could also add a side of fresh vegetables like blanched bok choy, roasted brussels sprouts, or lightly pickled daikon radish.

For more substantial options, try adding ramen noodles with sliced mushrooms or tofu for protein. Adding some soft, creamy silken tofu to the soup will also give it a boost of protein and flavor.

Another idea is to serve this miso soup alongside a crunchy salad packed with veggies like thinly sliced cabbage, carrot ribbons, and enoki mushrooms tossed in sesame dressing. The contrast between the textures and flavors will elevate the dish to new heights.

Whichever way you choose to serve it, make sure you pair your vegan miso soup with something light, fresh, and full of flavor. This way, the soup will shine as the star of the show while still giving your taste buds plenty to savor.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Every spoonful of this miso soup packs a punch, thanks to the addition of umami miso.
Every spoonful of this miso soup packs a punch, thanks to the addition of umami miso.

Making a big batch of miso soup in advance is a great way to ensure you have a healthy, satisfying meal ready to go throughout the week. Store the soup in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to four days.

To reheat the soup, simply transfer it to a pot and gently warm it over low heat. Be sure not to bring it to a boil, as that can cause the ingredients to become too soft or lose their flavor.

If you want to freeze the soup for later use, we recommend doing so without the tofu and scallions added in. Once you thaw it out, add those ingredients back in when you are ready to enjoy it. Please note that the texture of the tofu may change slightly after being frozen and then reheated.

When you reheat leftover vegan miso soup, it’s important to remember that miso paste shouldn’t be boiled for extended periods, as this can damage its flavor profile similar to how boiling tea for too long can make it bitter. To prevent this, first place a pot of water over high heat, then turn off the heat once the water reaches boiling point and pour it into a large bowl. The water should be around twice as much as your leftovers. Then, place your soup into another pot (or large heat resistant glass container) and place that into the bowl with hot water. Gently stir the soup until it warms up.

Miso soup’s flavour tends to improve as it sits more. So making ahead is something we encourage chef’s do when time permits. Here’s a literary tip: good things come with patience just like fine wine gets better with age!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This soup is so easy to prepare, making it the perfect weeknight meal or weekend lunch.
This soup is so easy to prepare, making it the perfect weeknight meal or weekend lunch.

You’ve got your ingredients ready and you’re super excited to cook this delicious vegetarian miso soup. So how can you ensure that it turns out perfectly? Here are some tips for making the perfect vegan miso soup every time.

Firstly, choose your miso wisely. The recipe calls for light miso, which is mellow and slightly sweet. You could also try a white miso or a combination of the two. If you want a stronger flavor, look for red miso instead of light – this will give it a more savory taste.

Next, when it comes to tofu, always choose firm tofu instead of soft tofu. Firm tofu holds its shape better, won’t fall apart in the broth and has a nicer texture. Additionally, don’t forget to drain the tofu before cubing it up!

If you like your soup hot and pungent (who doesn’t?), add some heat by adding more than one kind of pepper, such as chili peppers and black pepper.

Don’t be afraid to experiment by adding other vegetables such as carrots or daikon, with mushroom or spinach giving an excellent texture! If you have dietary restrictions, check out low-FODMAP options such as bok choy and cabbage.

To take things up a notch from traditional veggie soup offering even more protein, add some cooked rice noodles or quinoa on top to make this already satisfying meal even healthier!

Lastly, make sure not to boil the miso paste once added because it could spoil the taste giving it a metallic aftertaste. Stir the paste in well before taking the pan off the heat so that it dissolves properly and gives depth to your soup.

By following these simple tips and being patient during preparation, you’re on your way to enjoying the best vegan miso soup recipe out there. Go ahead and give it your own little spin!


Now that you have a better understanding of the recipe and ingredients, let’s answer some frequently asked questions. Whether you’re new to or experienced with miso soup, these FAQs should help you troubleshoot any potential issues and guide you to a successful and satisfying bowl of the soup.

Is miso soup suitable for vegetarians?

Miso is a popular Japanese seasoning made from soybeans, grains like rice or barley, and salt. As long as there is no cross-contamination with non-vegan ingredients during production, miso is generally considered a suitable option for vegans and vegetarians.

Is vegetable miso soup healthy?

Miso is packed with several essential vitamins and minerals that assist in the healthy functioning of the bones and nervous system. Some of the nutrients found in miso include protein, zinc, calcium, manganese, and vitamin K. Furthermore, thanks to its high probiotic content, miso can also promote healthy gut bacteria levels and enhance digestion.

Is drinking miso soup everyday healthy?

Miso soup, a staple dish in Japan, may aid in reducing the likelihood of breast cancer, according to research. Regular consumption of this soup can help alkalize the body and boost the immune system, making it more equipped to fight against infections.

Is too much miso soup unhealthy?

While miso is a generally safe ingredient, individuals who follow a low-sodium diet may want to limit their consumption due to its high salt content. Additionally, soybeans, which are a main component of miso, have goitrogenic properties that could potentially exacerbate thyroid issues. Therefore, those with thyroid concerns may want to consider reducing their intake of miso.

Bottom Line


So what are you waiting for? This vegetarian miso soup recipe is the perfect solution for anyone looking to add a delicious and healthy meal to their recipe collection. It’s quick, easy to make, and packed with flavor and nutrients that will keep you satisfied all day long. Plus, with so many possible variations and substitutions, you can customize this soup to suit your preferences or dietary restrictions.

Whether it’s cold outside and you need a bowl of comforting warmth or you’re simply craving a nourishing meal on a busy weeknight, this vegan miso soup recipe should be at the top of your list. So grab your ingredients, get in the kitchen, and give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

Vegetarian Miso Soup

Vegetarian Miso Soup Recipe

This is a delicious cloudy broth like the kind served in Japanese restaurants, with diced tofu and seaweed. Adapted from the Everything Vegetrian Cookbook.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Japanese
Calories 13.2 kcal


  • 5 cups vegetable stock (or mushroom stock)
  • 1 piece kombu, about 5 inches square-I get from the health food store (kelp, a dried seaweed)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light miso (yellow or white)
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 ounces firm tofu, diced into small cubes
  • 4 teaspoons wakame seaweed (instant)


  • Bring the stock and kombu to a boil n a soup pot. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. strain; stir in soy sauce.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix about 1/4 cup of the warm stock into the miso paste with a wire whisk until the miso is dissolved.
  • Pour this mixture back into the remaining stock. Place scallions, diced tofu, and wakame seaweed into four bowls.
  • Gently ladle soup into the bowls. Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 23gCalories: 13.2kcalCarbohydrates: 0.9gProtein: 1.5gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 86.7mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.3g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Asian, Beans, Japanese, Soy/Tofu, Vegan, Vegetable, Weeknight
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