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Is Miso Soup Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup that has found popularity worldwide for its distinct umami flavours. Is it vegan? Find out here.

What is miso soup?

Miso soup is a culinary staple in Japan, and it is used in traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. In fact, it is estimated that 75% of Japanese people have at least one serving of miso soup every day. It consists of dashi (stock) and miso paste, and other vegetables and tofu can be added. 

What is miso paste?

Miso paste is a thick seasoning paste made from fermented soybeans. Different types of miso pastes have been used in Japan since as early as 14,000–300 BC. 

Is miso soup vegan?

It depends on the stock used, but miso soup is largely vegan. Most miso pastes are vegan, and if plant-based dashi is used (typically derived from kelp or seaweed), then miso soup is vegan. Watch out for meat-products on ingredient lists to make sure whether it is vegan-friendly.

Want to cook with miso? You can find our Tom Yum soup recipe here

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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