How to Make Miso Soup Without Dashi

Updated on December 25, 2019
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How to Make Miso Soup Without Dashi
How to Make Miso Soup Without Dashi | Source

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup made with miso and dashi. Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans and barley. Dashi is a stock made from dried kelp or dried bonito. These are both common ingredients in Japanese cooking.

Japanese cuisine is one of my favorites. I am amazed by their preparation and cooking techniques; they seem to be able to express themselves artistically through their food.

I often find myself craving Japanese food. This evening, I made my affordable version of miso soup that does not require dashi stock. Instead, I used plain water—and the end result tasted close to the traditional soup. I must say that I'm satisfied with it, and I invite you to give my recipe a try.

miso soup ingredients
miso soup ingredients | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 4 servings


  • 150 grams tofu, cubed
  • 25 grams miso powder
  • 20 grams water spinach
  • 1 tablespoon spring onions, chopped
  • 1 litre water
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


For Preparation:

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 medium bowl
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 plate
  • measuring spoons
  • weighing scale

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon


  1. Pour water into the pot. Add the miso powder. Allow it to boil.
  2. Add tofu. Simmer for few minutes or until the tofu is cooked.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Turn off the heat. Add water spinach and spring onions. Cover the pot to cook the vegetables.
  5. Serve while still hot.

Miso Soup Without Dashi Stock Step-by-Step Procedure

Tips and Techniques

  • Try using fresh miso paste rather than miso powder.
  • Increase the amount of tofu, spinach, and spring onion if preferred.
  • Add small slices of fish if desired.
  • Replace plain water with fish stock if available.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      13 months ago from Manila


      Yes, you can ised dried seaweed to replace spinach.

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      13 months ago

      Can I use dried seaweed instead of spinach because that's what I have

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hello Angel,

      Miso soup totally matches any Japanese dishes with rice. I love it as it has the wonderful balance of taste.

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      Angel Harper 

      22 months ago

      I've only ever had miso soup at Yo sushi, I guess I should try making it! Thanks for this!!

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      22 months ago from Manila

      Hi Mary,

      Yes, you can simply have it with water. Another option is to use a fish powder. It won't taste the same but far closer to the authentic one. Have a nice day!

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      Mary Norton 

      22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love miso soup and today, I found miso paste in the grocery. I still have to look for dashi stock. If not, I'll follow what you did where you just used water.


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