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Learn how to make Authentic Vegan Miso Soup with this quick and easy recipe. All you need is 5 ingredients, 15 minutes and 1 pot to make this healthy, light and nutrient packed soup.

daikon, spinach, tofu and wakame vegan miso soup in a bowl

Miso soup is a staple in Japanese cuisine. It’s something I grew up eating at least once a day and it has become my soul food. Nothing it more comforting than a flavour packed miso soup accompanied with a freshly cooked bowl of rice!

I’m assuming many of you have tried miso soup from restaurants or those handy instant packs with just tofu, wakame and green onions. However, in Japan, most families will use a variety of ingredients to make their miso soup. Today, I’ll be sharing 3 Miso Soup recipes that I grew up eating. The twist? We’re making it vegan friendly.

I think most of you will be surprised to know that miso soup is typically not vegan. Why? Because of the dashi broth. Dashi is usually made with bonito flakes/fish for that umami flavour but we will be replacing that with kombu (seaweed) dashi. It tastes just as good (if not better!!) and you don’t miss out on that umami flavour at all.

By the end of this post you’ll learn how to make Authentic Vegan Miso Soup that tastes so much better than the ones at restaurants/instant packs. Lets dive right in!

ingredients for vegan miso soup

Ingredients for Vegan Miso Soup

The base of miso soup is made with dashi and miso paste. I have been some other vegan miso soup recipes use vegetable broth… and while that is still a “miso soup”, you really do miss out on the true flavour of real miso soup.

Types of Miso Paste

There are quite a few types of miso pastes and different brands. Depending on the type and brand, you will need to adjust the amount of miso paste added to the soup. As a guideline, I use 1 cup of dashi + 1 tbsp of miso paste.

  • Aka (Red): Aged the longest. The most salty and strongest in flavour.
  • Shiro (White) Miso: Fermented for a shorter time period. It’s less salty, slightly sweet and mild in flavour.
  • Echigo (Brown) Miso: My personal favourite. Fermentation period is between red and white so it’s saltier than red, slightly sweet and pretty mild in flavour. It has bits of the grains left so after dissolving in the sieve, I add those bits in the end.

Miso Soup Variations

There are a ton of variations to miso soup as well! In this post, I’m sharing my 3 favourite variations but here are some more you can play around with. Depending on the ingredient, you will want to add it before the dashi is boiling and after the dashi is boiling.

Ingredients to Add Before Dashi is Boiling

These ingredients should be added before/during dashi is boiling so that they have time to cook.

  • Daikon
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Kabocha
  • Onions

Ingredients to Add After Dashi is Boiling

These ingredients should be added after the dashi is done boiling and the miso paste has been added, over low heat.

  • Soft/Siken Tofu
  • Yuba (Soy Bean Skin Curd)
  • Aburaage (deep-fried tofu)
  • Noodles (cooked)
  • Napa cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Wakame (seaweed)
  • Green onions/scallions
  • Sugar snap peas
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How to Make Vegan Miso Soup

Miso soup is incredibly easy to make. Probably one of the easiest soup recipes out there! Plus, all you need is one pot and it’s ready in just 15 minutes!

  1. Add water and dashi to a pot. If using any add ins that need to be cooked, add them now and bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium low and simmer until vegetables are tender (around 6-7 minutes).
  2. Turn down heat to a low. Add miso paste into a small fine mesh sieve and dissolve it into the pot using a spoon. Be sure not to let that soup boil at any point once the miso paste is added in because this will kill any gut-healthy probiotics, nutrients and it also changes the flavour.
  3. Add in any of the remaining vegetables and let it sit on the stove until heated through (around 2-3 minutes).

Serve and garnish with scallions/green onions and sesame seeds!

Tips to Making Perfect Vegan Miso Soup

  • Dashi from Scratch: I’m going to be making a homemade dashi recipe soon, but for now here is a quick run down: simply soak a piece of kombu in water (I usually use a 2×2 inch for 2 cups of water) over night. Add the water and kombu into the pot and bring to a boil. Once it starts to bubble, remove the kombu and turn down the heat. Use this as the dashi.
  • DO NOT Boil Miso: Boiling miso changes the flavour and kills nutrients and probiotics that is in the miso (we wanna keep the good stuff)!
  • Use a Fine Mesh Sieve to Dissolve Miso: This avoids any chunks of unwanted miso paste.
  • Pre-cook Add-ins: If using add-ins like spinach or wakame, pre cook/soak them so that it does not change the colour of the soup and so that it doesn’t over cook.

How to Properly Store Miso Soup

Miso soup is best served as soon as it’s cooked so I have made this recipe for just 2 servings. If you do decide to double or triple the recipe and have left overs, let the soup completely cool and store in the fridge. To reheat, add miso soup to a pot over medium but try not to let it come to a boil. I suggest keeping the miso soup and add-in ingredients separate and adding it only when serving.

Helpful Equipment to Make this Recipe

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I hope you give making Vegan Miso Soup a try and love it as much as I do! I really enjoyed writing todays recipe because it brought back so many memories of my childhood. Even though miso soup is such a simple dish, it truly is the most comforting and nourishing soup. 🙂

vegan miso soup in 3 bowls with 3 variations

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Authentic Vegan Miso Soup

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Learn how to make Authentic Vegan Miso Soup with this quick and easy recipe. All you need is 5 ingredients, 15 minutes and 1 pot to make this healthy, light and nutrient packed soup.


Units Scale

Daikon Miso Soup

  • 2 cups water (500ml)
  • 1 tsp kombu dashi* (5g)
  • 2 tbsp miso paste (40g)
  • 1/4 daikon, chopped into match sticks (200g)
  • 1 scallion, sliced (10g)

Tofu Wakame (Seaweed) Miso Soup 

  • 1/2 tbsp dried sea weed/wakame (2g)
  • 1 cups water (500ml)
  • 1 1/4 tsp kombu dashi (5g)
  • 2.5 tbsp miso paste (50g)
  • 1/2 block soft tofu, cubed (80g)
  • 1 scallion, sliced (10g)

Spinach Miso Soup

  • 2 cups water (500ml)
  • 1 tsp kombu dashi (5g)
  • 2 tbsp miso paste (40g)
  • 2 cups spinach (50g)
  • 1 scallion, sliced (10g)


Daikon Miso Soup:

  1. Add water and dashi to a medium pot over medium heat. Add the daikon and simmer until tender. Turn off the heat. Add miso paste to a small sieve over the pot and stir using a spoon until miso is dissolved. 
  2. Divide into two bowls and garnish with green onions. 

Tofu and Wakame Miso Soup:

  1. Rehydrate wakame in room temperature water for 5 minutes. Drain and squeeze any excess water out. Set aside. 
  2. Over medium heat, add water and dashi to a medium pot. Once the broth starts to simmer, turn heat to low. Add miso paste into sieve over the soup and dissolve miso paste. Add the tofu and wakame and stir. Keep on the stove until the soup and tofu is heated (be sure not to let it boil). 
  3. Divide into two bowls and garnish with green onions. 

Spinach Miso Soup:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add in the spinach and cook for 20 seconds. Drain and rinse with cold water. Squeeze out any excess liquid (this should form a ball of spinach). Chop the ball of spinach into thirds. 
  2. Over medium heat, add water and dashi to a medium pot. Once the broth starts to simmer, turn heat to low. Add miso paste into sieve over the soup and dissolve miso paste.
  3. Add in the cooked spinach and let it heat for another minute.
  4. Serve and garnish with green onions. 



  • If you can’t find dashi granules, you can easily make dashi by soaking some dried kombu in water overnight. I like to use 2×2 inch piece of kombu + 2 cups water. Add the water and kombu to a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the kombu and reduce the heat. Don’t over boil the kombu or the dashi will start to taste bitter.
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate based on the Daikon Miso Soup calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Soups & Stews
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 57
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 949mg
  • Fat: 1.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 9.4g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Protein: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0


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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. Made this today (the daikon one with a bit of tofu thrown in) – amazing! So much flavour and so simple! Definitely a new staple in my house!

  2. hi i used to make miso a lot also with kombu.
    but i wiped of the withe ish thing around it before i put itinto water.
    what do you recommand??

  3. Okay, this miso soup legit tastes like I am in Japan. I also now know what I had been doing wrong this whole time (not using enough miso paste). Thank you~

  4. I made the daikon miso soup tonight and it was soo good! I wasn’t sure what the kombu dashi would be like as it is the first time I’ve cooked with it. It adds so much flavour. I’ve made a miso soup before that used vegetable stock, Lisa’s version is soo much better! Really tasty and so simple to make. I’ll definitely be making the other 2 versions too. Thanks for another fantastic recipe x

  5. Made this soup a few times and everyone agrees that this is the most delicious miso soup ! My personal favorite is with the daikon. After a long day I love to eat this soup and just a bowl of rice with some tsukemono or kimchi, it’s the best.

  6. I am so glad that I found your blog – I really needed authentic Japanese vegan recipes! This miso soup is better than non-vegan version and my non-vegan family enjoyed this too! Thank you!! 😉

  7. Who said Ramen is unhealthy food?? Ramen (noodle dish) and Gyoza (dumpling) could be healthy dishes when you cook at home! Make these two popular Japanese dishes with healthy ingredients based on the secret recipe by the local teacher. Vegetarian, Vegan and Halal options are also available!