Easy Shiitake Tofu Miso Soup

I was craving sushi over the weekend. But I’m really working on my budget and dining out is one of my biggest expense. So I settled for the next best thing: miso soup. I always have miso soup and a seaweed salad before my sushi. I just recently got hooked on the seaweed salad, but I’ve been a miso soup lover for a while.

I’d never made miso soup before, but it’s super easy. Miso comes in a little tub and is thick paste. It’s made of soybeans with a few other seasonings and is very salty. I found it in the refrigerated section by the tempeh and tofu at Whole Foods.

Easy Shiitake Tofu Miso Soup

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (the green and white portion)
  • 2 c water + extra for softening mushrooms
  • 1 c sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 block extra firm tofu, diced (I used Nasoya Lite)
  • 2-4 tablespoons miso (I used white miso)
  • tiny pinch of cayenne or red pepper flakes

1. Line the bottom of a pot with water (2-4 T) and add the mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms over high heat until the mushrooms start to soften, just a few minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of miso and stir with the remaining water; be sure to break up any clumps.

2. Add the onions and the 2 cups of water and heat until it almost starts to boil. Once it looks like it’s going to boil, turn it down to low heat.

3. Taste the soup and add more miso as needed for additional seasoning. I usually add closer to 4 T of miso but some types of miso are stronger/saltier than other so add gradually.

4. Any the tofu and anything else you’d like – bamboo sprouts, other veggies – and continue to cook for a few more minutes until everything is warm.

5. Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes so the flavors can “meld.” (eew I hate that word)


Have you cooked with miso before or am I the only one who thought it was kind of “out there” to buy it?

What’s your favorite pre-sushi appetizer? Miso soup? Seaweed salad? Edamame? Or is there something I’m totally missing out on?

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  • Michelle

    I just started blogging . . . but my first post was about making sushi at home. I agree–it’s expensive to order sushi out all the time. My husband and I try and do carry out, and then I make side dishes. The other day, I decided to try making maki on my own. It actually wasn’t too hard at all! And it was nice to be able to put whatever ingredients you want, and the amount you want, into the roll.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    i’ve been wanting to start using miso but haven’t taken the time to try to find it yet. i can’t wait to try it in soup though!

  • Trisha

    Mmmm, this looks super yummy! Miso soup is generally my pre-sushi appetizer but I recently tried Kani Salad & LOVED it! I even re-created it at home as soon as I possibly could.

  • Sarah

    I love miso soup! But never from a powder. It is so easy!

  • Mrs Type A

    I love edamame!

  • KaraHadley

    I LOVE miso. I use it for everything. If you want, check my blog because somewhere on it I have this insanely addictive recipe for carrot-miso sauce/dressing. It might have originally be a Mark Bittman recipe. Anyway, miso is ah-maze-ing!

  • janetha [meals & moves]

    WHAT. i tried to pin this because it’s perfect for the vegan meal plan i’ve made for nick.. and you don’t allow pinning! it’s ok. i still love you. and this recipe 🙂 xo

  • BroccoliHut

    I bought a tub of miso for a fish recipe (Miso-Maple something or other), and it made for a delicious dinner–but I thought it was crazy expensive. I think it was like 4 bucks or something, and I don’t exactly have tons of recipes to use it for. Anyway, thanks for giving me another way to use it!

  • Olviya

    Thanks for the recipe! I was always intimidated by miso so I never tried making the soup before, but I’ll give it a try soon.

  • holly

    ooh i am so making this! love me some miso soup. maybe when the temperature isn’t 90 degrees though. it’s too damn hot out right now for soup.