2 bowls of bean sprout miso soup with green onions, sesame seeds, and gochujang in different bowls around the soup

Spicy Bean Sprout Miso Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Crunchy bean sprouts meld with spicy, garlicky miso in this Korean-inspired twist on miso soup. Simple ingredients yet so comforting, nourishing, and flavorful!

flatlay of 3 bowls of bean sprout miso soup

Switch up your miso soup game with this spicy bean sprout miso soup! It’s still simple to make but is more complex in flavor, with garlic, sesame, and gochujang adding a little Korean flair. I love making this soup when I want something more interesting than just plain miso soup. Plus it’s a great way to use up that bag of bean sprouts that you forgot about in your fridge! (If you’re not in the mood for soup but need to use those bean sprouts, try my spicy bean sprout salad!)

flatlay of 3 bowls of miso soup; green onions, sesame seeds, and gochujang in small ingredient bowls

Spicy Bean Sprout Miso Soup FAQ + Tips

Is gochujang gluten-free?
Gochujang may contain wheat, so be sure to check for a gluten-free label. I like this gluten-free gochujang.

How do I clean bean sprouts?
Add bean sprouts to a bowl or colander and rinse with cool running water a few times. Optionally, you can take off the long, stringy tails (and even the top head part, too) for a cleaner look. BUT this is time consuming and doesn’t really affect the flavor.

What miso should I use?
I almost exclusively use red miso for all my dishes (I prefer the stronger salty flavor over sweeter white miso). My favorite miso is Marukome’s Ryotei no Aji (without dashi). However, you can also use awase miso (which is a combination of white and red) for a nice balance between sweet and salty. White miso is better for sauces since it’s a little sweet.

Make it a complete meal!
Be sure to pair this soup with some protein and carbs for a well rounded meal. My favorite pairings are bibimbap, mapo tofu, tofu and eggplant shogayaki, chili sauce tofu & broccoli, or some other simple tofu dish or natto with rice.

flatlay of 3 bowls of spicy bean sprout miso soup with ingredient bowls on the side

More tasty ways to use miso!

2 bowls of spicy bean sprout miso soup

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Spicy Bean Sprout Miso Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free Option)

Crunchy bean sprouts meld with spicy, garlicky miso in this Korean-inspired twist on miso soup. Simple ingredients yet so comforting, nourishing, and flavorful!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Japanese, Korean
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups dashi**
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or grated
  • 2-4 tsp gochujang** adjust to taste
  • 1 bag (16 oz) bean sprouts
  • 3-4 tbsp red or awase miso** adjust to taste
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 2 tsp ground roasted sesame seeds (surigoma)**
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil*

Instructions

  • Add dashi, garlic, and gochujang to a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add bean sprouts. Cook 2-3 minutes until bean sprouts are tender but still crunchy. Turn off heat.
  • Add miso to a large ladle, dip in soup, and use chopsticks to dissolve the miso into the soup. Or you can use a miso muddler.
  • Stir in green onions, ground sesame seeds, and sesame oil.

Notes

TO CLEAN BEAN SPROUTS: Add bean sprouts to a bowl or colander and rinse with cool running water a few times. Optionally, you can take off the long, stringy tails (and even the top head part, too) for a cleaner look. BUT this is time consuming and doesn’t really affect the flavor.
VEGAN DASHI: You can make your own with kombu and water (here‘s an informative post by Just One Cookbook) OR use kombu dashi powder* if you’re short on time. I like to add dried shiitake to my dashi, too.
GOCHUJANG: I usually add about 1 tablespoon (3 teaspoons), but if you’re sensitive to spice start with 2 teaspoons. If you’re not gluten-free, I recommend this gochujang*.
MISO: I do not recommend white miso for soup since it’s sweeter and not as strong in flavor, but you can use white miso if it’s all you have. My favorite miso is Marukome’s Ryotei no Aji (without dashi). 
SURIGOMA: Japanese markets sell pre-ground and roasted sesame seeds (called surigoma) so you can quickly add them to dishes. However, you can easily make your own by toasting sesame seeds in a pan, and then using a pestle and mortar to grind them. 
Recipe adapted from this Cookpad recipe.

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