Bok Choy Soup

This simple but flavorful bok choy soup made with miso and tofu is the perfect meal for a chilly day. It's delicious served as side or a main—with or without noodles. Slurp up, friends!
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Bok choy soup in a bowl with noodles and tofu cubes.
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Learn how to make a scrumptious bok choy soup that is that is easy to prepare and full of flavor. With just a few ingredients, you can create a flavorful broth that highlights the natural sweetness of the bok choy. Whether you’re a die-hard vegan soup connoisseur or just hoping to find a good use for bok choy from your garden, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your repertoire!

Bok choy soup with noodles.

Why You Must Make This Soup Recipe with Bok Choy

Bok choy miso soup is a delightful dish that combines the mild, slightly sweet flavor of bok choy with the rich umami taste of miso. This soup is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients, making it a healthy choice for any meal. Here’s why bok choy miso soup is such an awesome addition to your weekly menu:

  • Nutrient Powerhouse: Bok choy is a super-healthy meal choice and a tasty way to eat more dark leafy greens.
  • Low in Calories, Big in Flavor: Bok choy soup is satisfying and tasty while being low in calories, perfect for a light appetizer or lunch.
  • Versatile and Easy to Customize: You can easily add your favorite proteins and vegetables to bok choy soup, making it adaptable to your taste.
  • Digestive Health: Bok choy contains fiber and antioxidants that can aid digestion and promote gut health.
  • Budget-Friendly: Bok choy is often affordable and widely available, making it a great option for budget-conscious cooks.
  • Comfort in a Bowl: Warm and soothing, bok choy soup is the perfect comfort food for chilly days, offering a cozy hug in every spoonful.

Key Ingredients

Just the right ingredients are important when it comes to soup. Too many elements create a soup that is overpowering, while too few will result in a loss of flavor. The combination of these simple ingredients make for a mouth-watering soup you’ll love any time of year!

Key ingredients for bok choy soup, with labels.
  • Bok Choy: The star ingredient of the soup, bok choy adds a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a satisfying crunch. You can use either large or baby bok choy in this soup.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil: This nutty-flavored oil has maximum flavor and gives the soup a fragrant, Asian-inspired boost. Other oils that would work in this recipe include olive, grapeseed, walnut, avocado, or peanut oil. Keep in mind that these do not have a similar scent or flavor, though.
  • Miso Paste: Miso paste contributes a rich umami flavor and depth to the soup. Check out this ten-minute miso soup recipe if you are looking for a slightly quicker version.
  • Plant-Based Bouillon: There are many types of vegan-friendly bouillon, so you’ll have a great deal of choices. They differ in flavor, texture, and salt content. If you’re sensitive to salt, a reduced sodium version might be best.
  • Spices: Although onion, garlic, and ginger are the stars of the show, you can also swap them out if you’re not a fan. Other spices to consider include wakame (or seaweed of choice), curry paste, soy sauce, shallots, vegan oyster sauce, or wasabi.

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How To Make Bok Choy Soup

Miso soup with bok choy and noodles is a flavorful and highly nutritious dish that is easy to make in your very own kitchen. This traditional Asian-inspired soup combines the savory taste of miso with the fresh crunch of bok choy, creating a comforting and satisfying meal. Follow these simple steps to create your own delicious bowl of bok choy soup:

Sliced bok choy on a tabletop.

Step 1: Wash and chop bok choy into bite-sized pieces.

Grated ginger on a cutting board.

Step 2: Mince the ginger.

Onions simmering a pot.

Step 3: Dice onions and saute with the garlic.

Broth and onions simmering in a pot.

Step 4: Add the water, miso, bouillon, ginger, garlic powder, and sugar. Bring to a boil.

Bok choy simmering in broth.

Step 5: Place your bok choy into the pot.

Bok choy simmered in a pot.

Step 6: Cook until tender.

Boy choy soup with noodles and tofu.

Step 7: Season with soy sauce, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious bok choy soup!

Simple Substitutions and Serving Suggestions

Here are some easy tips and serving ideas to enhance your bok choy miso soup experience. From garnishing to ingredient swaps, these suggestions will help you customize your soup just the way you like it. Soup-ilicious!

  • Garnish Galore: Top your bok choy soup with fresh cilantro, green onions, microgreens, parsley, chives, or a squeeze of lime for a burst of flavor.
  • Protein Swap: Replace tofu with cooked white beans (or any beans of your choice), marinated air fryer tempeh, or chickpea tofu (for a soy-free option) for another tasty version of this recipe.
  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes, sliced jalapenos, ground cayenne, or a dash of sriracha for a spicy kick.
  • Noodle Nod: Serve over cooked rice or vegan ramen noodles or add them directly to the soup for a healthy noodle bowl twist.
  • Coconut Creaminess: Stir in a splash of coconut milk or cool coconut yogurt for a creamy, tropical touch.
  • Crunchy Cravings: Sprinkle crispy fried onions, pickled cucumbers, roasted chickpeas, or toasted sesame seeds on top for texture.
  • Grainy Goodness: Serve alongside steamed rice or quinoa for a complete meal.

Recipe FAQs

How long can I store any leftover soup with bok choy?

Any remaining soup can be stored in the fridge for up to a week for an easy re-heatable meal.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes! It’s really easy to make a gluten-free version of this recipe. Simply use gluten-free noodles such as rice noodles, kelp noodles, or sweet potato glass noodles to add to the soup. Also, make sure that the plant-based bouillon is also free of gluten before adding to the recipe.

How to cut bok choy for soup?

If using large leaves of bok choy, slice in half for a more dramatic visual experience. For easier eating, chop into bite sized pieces.

This bok choy soup recipe is a delicious and nutritious dish that can be enjoyed by everyone. With its rich flavors and health benefits, it’s a great addition to any meal. Try making this soup at home for a comforting and satisfying meal that will warm you up from the inside out!

If you make this bok choy soup recipe, please leave a star rating and let me know what you think in the comments blow! I love reading your comments!

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The Best Bok Choy Soup

5 from 11 votes
Indulge in a tantalizing blend of savory flavors with this delicious bok choy soup. This aromatic dish combines the delicate crunch of baby bok choy with the rich umami taste of miso paste. A delightful dinner with a fanastic fusion of ingredients and captivating aroma.
Bok choy soup in a bowl with noodles and tofu cubes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 3 cubes plant-based bouillon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 3 large bok choy, (or 6 small) sliced in half or roughly chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) block tofu, cubed and fried
  • 1 package noodles, your choice (see notes for options), cooked
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced, optional
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized pot add the toasted sesame oil over medium heat. Once hot, add in the diced onion and cook until browned (about three minutes). Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the water and incorporate the miso paste and bouillon by diluting and mixing until fully mixed.
  • Add the grated ginger, garlic powder, and sugar.
  • Allow broth to boil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Then, add in the chopped bok choy and let it cook for roughly 3 minutes more.
  • Serve with fried tofu, cooked noodles, green onion, and red pepper flakes.

Notes

  • Prepare the toppings before or while the soup is cooking so that they will be ready to be added when the soup is done.
  • By adding in the bok choy right before you serve it, it will prevent the bok choy from overcooking.
  • Store in mason jars for up to a week for an easy re-heatable meal.
  • Don’t have fresh ginger? Substitute ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • Bok Choy: Slice in half for a more dramatic visual experience, or chopped into bite sized pieces for easier eating.
  • Noodle Options: Udon, ramen, soba, rice noodles, sweet potato glass noodles, or kelp noodles.

Nutrition

Calories: 606kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1181mg | Potassium: 2452mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 37823IU | Vitamin C: 384mg | Calcium: 1105mg | Iron: 10mg
Course — Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine — asian
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10 comments
  1. 5 stars
    This is a hug in a bowl. Thank you for the lovely recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Bok choy is one of my all time favorite vegetables and I think it’s soooo underrated. I’ve never tried it in a soup until now! Genius.

  3. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    This soup turned out amazing! So yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    Exactly what I was looking for! And photographed so beautifully too!

  5. 5 stars
    Tastes as good as it looks! Thanks for the excellent recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    I love bok choy, but I never know what to do with all of it. This soup is the perfect solution! So much comfort and flavor, yet so easy to make.

  7. 5 stars
    I am SUCH a huge bok choy fan, I’m growing a bunch in my garden! I usually add it to soups anyway, but i loved this simple broth with bok choy as the star of the soup. Will be making often!!

  8. 5 stars
    Mouthwatering recipe! I’m a huge fan of soup, but this soup is even more comforting and satisfying with added greens and noodles. Yum.

  9. 5 stars
    Love this soup with noodles and green onions… flavorful and delicious.

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