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Vegan Miso Soup

Two bowls of vegan miso soup on a grey cloth on a grey board with a spoon resting on the board.
This vegan miso soup is so lovely no one will ever notice the difference between it and classic Japanese miso soup made with dashi.
Dunja Gulin

Prep 35 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 45 mins
Entrees
Japanese
2 servings
227 kcal

Ingredients 

  • 2 rounded tablespoons dried wakame (seaweed)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • One (1-inch) piece ginger peeled
  • 4 scallions
  • 2/3 cup fresh tofu
  • 2 tablespoons untoasted sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons miso*
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley or cilantro leaves chopped (optional)
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions 

  • Toss the wakame in a small bowl, add the cold water, and let soak until softened. Drain the seaweed, reserving the water, and cut the wakame into small pieces. Finely mince half of the ginger and finely grate the other half. Chop the scallions. Cut the tofu into small cubes.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, sauté the white part of the scallions for 1 minute in the sesame oil, then add the garlic and minced ginger. Sauté a little longer, just until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the hot water, tofu, and wakame and cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Pour approximately 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) hot water into a small bowl. Add the miso, grab a fork, and stir really well, until the miso is completely dissolved. Pour the miso mixture into the soup, cover, and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Take the grated ginger in your hand and squeeze it to release the juice directly into the hot soup. (Toss the remaining ginger pulp in the compost or pour hot water over it and let it steep for a cup of soothing tea.) Add the chopped scallion greens, parsley or cilantro, and lemon juice and serve immediately.

Notes

*What Kind Of Miso To Use In Soup

There are numerous types of miso in supermarkets and any of them can be stirred into miso soup. If you’re new to miso, keep in mind that the darker the color, the more intense the taste. Hatcho (soy) miso is of high quality but has a strong taste. Try 1/2 tablespoon soy miso with 1/2 tablespoon barley miso to get all the benefits of both kinds of soy paste. In warmer weather, you may want to substitute darker miso pastes with the milder sweet white miso.