Lemony Miso Soup
Miso, a fermented paste made from soy beans, grain, salt, and bacteria, comes in a full range of flavors and colors. White miso, also called shiro miso or simply rice and soybean miso, has a lighter flavor than dark miso. This light and lemony soup takes no time to make. It was served for lunch at a yoga retreat with fresh pea-and-zucchini salad, dense whole grain bread, and fresh unsalted butter. It tasted so wonderful. Try serving this soup alongside a couscous salad with garbanzo beans or a sandwich spread with hummus and topped with grilled vegetables.
Mind Refresher: Make the soup with the attitude of nourishing others.
Total Timeunder 30 minutes
One Pot MealYes
Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, gluten-free, healthy, lactose-free, low calorie, low cholesterol, low saturated fat, low-fat, peanut free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian
Taste and Textureherby, light, savory, tangy, umami
Type of Dishhot soup, soup
- 4 cups (1 L) water
- 12 ounces (350 g) soft, medium, or firm tofu, cut into ½-inch (1.2-cm) cubes (about ½ cups)
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
- 4-5 tablespoons white miso, depending on saltiness
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne (optional)
- 4 cups (1 L) water
- 1-2 pieces wakame seaweed (cover with hot water, soak 10 minutes or until soft, and cut into 1-inch [2.5-cm] pieces) ½ pound (250 g) firm tofu (cut into ½-inch [1.2-cm] cubes)
- 2 thinly sliced green onions
- 3 tablespoons white or dark miso
Put water in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to boil.
Stir in tofu and green onions.
Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, 3 minutes.
Put miso in a small strainer, lower into soup, and push paste through strainer with a spoon until it dissolves.
Turn off heat. Miso should not be boiled or overcooked because too much heat destroys its enzymatic properties.
Stir in cilantro and lemon juice. Serve immediately.
For Japanese Miso Soup:
Follow method described for Lemony Miso Soup, adding wakame at the end.
2008 Sharon Louise Crayton