Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” into which softened miso paste is mixed.
Many ingredients are added depending on regional and seasonal recipes, and personal preference.
So I’m a blogger and I work from home , and one of the advantages of working from home is that you can spend a little extra time on your breakfast.
I don’t have to beat the rush hour traffic so I can take some extra time and make a miso soup breakfast.
And it’s even easier with a packet of instant miso soup with some rice and I added just a sprinkle furikake to it just to make it a little bit more interesting.
It couldn’t be easier.
So here’s the recipe you can make yourself.
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Miso soup packets
I got this ready-made package for miso soup from amazon to test it out and see how it stacks up against just making miso soup yourself from a dashi broth:
And it’s pretty delicious!
Of course, you can make a pretty easy cold brew dashi as a base if you feel a little more adventurous :)
What this miso soup breakfast looks like
So this is what we’re going to be making, a nice wakame miso soup and some rice with furikake:
Today we’ll be using these pre-made instant miso soup packages with a base Japanese soup package you can also get separately, but these also have the miso paste in it and it’s infused with all of the dashi that you’ll need for a bowl of delicious miso soup.
You can also make dashi yourself, or use a dashi substitute like one of these if you plan on making your soup from scratch.
In that article, I talk about making dashi when you don’t have all of the ingredients, so if you want to make your own miso soup and you don’t have dashi or the kombu or katsuobushi needed to make dashi you should check that out as well.
It has a really nice video of your dashi options.
But let’s get into the recipe for this fun and easy breakfast:
Easy Instant Miso soup breakfast
- ½ cup rice
- 2-3 cups water (160ml)
- 2 tsp furikake mix
- 4 pcs dried wakame
- 1 instant miso package
- First let’s take the rice and boil that. Just boil it like you normally would in a pan of water or in a rice steamer if you want. It usually takes around 8 minutes in boiling water and depends a little bit on the type of rice you’ll be using.
- Now let’s take the 2 cups of water and start boiling it in a water boiler to pour over the miso packets in a minute.
- In the meantime we’ll be adding the cooked rice to a bowl and add the furikake to it. Just a few scoops depending on your taste. I usually add 2-3 teaspoons of the mixture.
- Now take the two packages and the dried wakame and add them to a separate bowl. Just pour out the miso paste and there’s a lot of of miso in there so just squeeze it until you have all of it out of the package.Then take the other package which contains the dried ingredients for the miso soup. it can contain a little bit of dried wakame and also some dried spring onions and add that to the bowl.
- I like to add my own wakame to it as well because that way you have some longer pieces of wakame because the dried wakame in the packages are really small pieces.
- Now just add the boiling water that we put in the water boiler earlier and mix it up a little with your chopsticks (or fork).
Here is your delicious instant miso soup and we can enjoy that together with our rice:
In this recipe:
A few different flavor options with this Miyasaka instant miso soup. You have everything in it, from the miso paste, the dashi, and also the dried ingredients:
It is optional because there’s already some wakame in most of these packages, but I like to add some extra from Shirakiku because those pieces are a little bit bigger:
To season your rice you should get some furikake from Ajishima. It’s salty and a little bit fishy and it tastes great on your white rice:
Do the Japanese eat miso for breakfast?
For a long time running, breakfast has been known to be the most important meal of the day.
While we’re used to foods like toast or bacon and eggs as a breakfast meal, the Japanese have a completely different idea of what they enjoy having for breakfast.
You see, in Japan, breakfast is typically prepared to be light and not oily – but it fully resembles what you may have during dinner.
So, what do the Japanese have for breakfast, and do they include miso as a part of their breakfast?
Unsurprisingly, yes, the Japanese do have miso for breakfast. This is as miso plays a large part in most Japanese cuisines, so it comes as no surprise that they also include it when preparing breakfast.
Aside from using miso to marinate fish and vegetables that they cook during breakfast, the Japanese also often serve miso soup as a side dish.
A look at a regular Japanese breakfast
At a glance, a Japanese breakfast may seem highly elaborate, especially since there are a variety of dishes to choose from.
But if you look deeper, you’ll realize that breakfast in Japan is regularly made for everyone to have a balanced diet without being too full, so you’ll have the energy to take on the day.
Let’s take a look at how a regular Japanese breakfast is usually prepared.
- Rice: Also known as Gohan, rice is a staple dish for most Japanese breakfasts. They’re interchangeable between brown rice or white rice and become the center of most traditional Japanese breakfasts.
- Miso soup: Aside from rice, miso soup is also a must-have for every Japanese breakfast. Often prepared from scratch using white miso or yellow miso, miso soups that are served during breakfast in Japan usually have condiments like tofu or seaweed to complete them.
- Natto: Perhaps you’ve heard of it or even seen pictures of it, but for the unfamiliar, natto is a type of fermented soybeans that most Japanese enjoy during breakfast. It features a slimy texture with a pungent aroma, so not many non-natives would enjoy natto as much as the local Japanese. Natto is often served with a dash of soy sauce and occasionally has add-on condiments like dried bonito, mustard, and chopped green onions to complete the dish.
- Eggs: Despite doing away with bacon, a Japanese breakfast will often have eggs as a part of their meal. Also known as tamagoyaki or rolled omelet, these eggs are typically prepared with a dash of dashi stocks for that extra umami flavor.
- Grilled fish: A whole fish for breakfast? Often associated as the protein to the meal, grilled fish is a common addition to most Japanese breakfasts. It’s occasionally marinated with miso for that extra umami, although most Japanese breakfasts usually prepare their grilled fish with just a dash of salt.
- Side dishes: Finally, side dishes or Kobachi would also be served to give the Japanese a complete and balanced breakfast. These side dishes – varying from pickled plum to cooked vegetables and dried seafood are often placed in small dishes so anyone having their breakfast can mix and match the meal to their liking.
As you can see, a traditional Japanese breakfast is often made of a combination of various flavors, including the umami from the miso soup, protein from the fish, vitamins from the side vegetables, and carbohydrates from the rice.
While it may seem like a lot to stomach in the morning, a Japanese breakfast is typically portioned to suit one’s appetite.
As miso also help to promote better gut health to relieve constipation and any bloated feelings, it’s easy to see why miso has become such a necessary staple food to a traditional Japanese breakfast.
How to eat a miso soup breakfast
If you’re going to eat it I would suggest eating the rice separately in a separate bow just with chopsticks or you can use a fork if you want and eat the miso soup next to it.
You can eat the miso soup by drinking the liquid first and then eating what’s left behind, so the wakame and the spring onions with your chopsticks when you finish the whole broth.
Some people like to mix the miso soup with rice. You can do that as well but it’s not my favorite and not really traditional.
Although a lot of people eat their breakfast this way, and then this way you only need one bowl of course.
You can do this immediately and add the miso soup to the rice right from the start.
Well, I hope you’ll enjoy making miso soup yourself as much as I did and having it for breakfast or even a supper perhaps, by adding some extra tofu to it.