Jan 22
Today being the last day of the Miso Soup series, I’d like to now broaden your “miso horizons” by giving you more options when it comes to what goes into your miso soup.  Really, anything you feel like putting in your soup can be thrown in, but I will give you some ideas to help give you a little creative push.  You can add more miso to make the broth rich and hearty, or decrease the amount to make it light and delicate.  You can add just a couple of ingredients to keep it simple, or add many and have your miso soup be more like a miso stew.  Here are just a few ingredients to get you thinking (seriously, there are SO MANY MORE).  I bet you could come up with at least 2 right now that aren’t on this list.

Miso Soup Ingredients

To end this week, I’d like to share with you a simple miso soup recipe that uses white fish fillets (whatever white fish you like best) and is garnished with sliced scallions.

White fish fillet and scallions

When I made this particular miso soup, I decided to only use a shiro miso (“white” miso) that was more muted in flavor so as not to overpower the delicate flavors of the fish.  The soup is light and flavorful, and if you’re ready to branch out from the regular tofu and wakame restaurant combo, this is the perfect first step.

White Fish Miso Soup

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White Fish Miso Soup

Makes 4 servings

3 1/2 cups dashi
7 ounce white fish fillet (use your favorite white fish), cut into 4 portions
1 – 2 scallions, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons shiro miso

1. In a pan bring the dashi stock to a boil over medium heat.  Add the fish and cook it for about 3 to 4 minutes (or until it is cooked through).

2. Reduce the heat to low.  Add the miso to the dashi (using one of the methods detailed in the basic miso soup post) to the dashi, stirring the soup to combine everything, and reheat slightly (but do not boil).

3. Divide the soup between 4 bowls and garnish with the sliced scallions.



If you are willing to take the miso soup plunge by making your own miso soup from scratch, I’ll make you a deal: go buy the ingredients, make some type of miso soup, take a picture (or two) of your adventure (the store, your dirty pots and pans, the skeptical look on your husband’s/wife’s face, etc.), and your finished product and email them to me.  I will feature all of the miso soup adventures that I get during the first week of February.  I can’t wait to see if anyone is up to the “challenge” . . . .

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

ravenouscouple January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

now this is a new one for us! fish and miso go so well together…we’ll try your challenge!


Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate) January 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Oooohhh… that looks really yummy! You’ve got me tempted to enter the kitchen :)


Janice January 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

This looks really delicious, this is a great winter soup. It looks easy to make too which I like a lot.


MaryMoh January 23, 2010 at 12:27 am

A very delicious and healthy dish. I love it. Beautiful picture.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 23, 2010 at 7:43 am

Beautiful! Love the list of possible ingredients for inspiration. I’m a big fan of leeks, so I think I will add those. Now, I still need to get my hands on all of the ingredients!


Andreas January 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

Well, lets see how this will fit in with certain bread baking activities. :)

I’ve given you an award, maybe you want to come around and collect it.


Angie January 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Looks very good! I wanna try the miso soup challenge, I know my hubby would really love it, that’s his favorite, just have to go to Vietnam town, (We don’t have a China town in Orlando, its more Vietnamese, funny)


Cam de la Ron January 23, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I have been meaning to make a miso soup for a while now. I have never done it at home, but I love it when I eat out. My only gripe is they are always so salty at restaurants, so I always think I should learn how to make this at home. Yours looks great, so I’m going to try it this week. Gotta go to the store first… Thanks, Cam


Sarah, Maison Cupcake January 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Looks lovely, never thought of putting fish in it. Wondering if I will have time in next week to rise to your challenge! Am pretty busy this week otherwise I might well have done.


Kristi Rimkus January 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

You take fantastic pictures. Tips for Delicious and Healthy Cooking was kind enough to bestow the Kreativ Blogger award to me, and I’d like to pass it along to you. You have a terrific blog that I’d like others to know about.



Gaby January 25, 2010 at 8:10 am

its embarrassing that I have never made miso from scratch. I GUESS I will just have to give it a go this week and share my results… oh gosh… this could get ugly! :)


[email protected] in Iowa January 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

Love this miso with the white fish! It’s on Rachael. I’ll send you the photos by Saturday!!



Liz September 7, 2011 at 6:12 am

I was just wondering????? Out bush it is hard to purchase the seaweed but I can get all the other ingredients. Can I use saltbush which is known as the land seaweed to reeplace the seaweed? I have plenty that I can just walk out the back door or around our property and pluck off the leaves. I can’t actually go to a store and grab a bag of seaweed. Is it going to have a simular taste/texture? I am going to try it. However I wondered if you had tried it, ‘Old Man Salt Bush’ which is very good source of vitamins etc.


Brian W. September 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

Your instructions were very helpful. I added soba as well.


Teresa July 14, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Can this be made with homemade fish stock instead of the bonito flakes that are in dashi? My family gets halibut, cod, rockfish and I try to make stock from the carcasses. Would love to know if you think its worth trying.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) July 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

Absolutely! The flavor will be a bit different, but still delicious. If you can get your hands on a piece of kombu (thick dried kelp) to steep in the stock, it will be even better!


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