Korean-Style Seaweed Soup


This seaweed soup is a traditional birthday dish in Korea. It's also served to new mothers, as the nutrients in seaweed are thought to help increase milk production.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 (1 ounce) package dried brown seaweed

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

  • ¼ pound beef top sirloin, minced

  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic


  1. Place seaweed into a bowl and cover with water. Soak until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and cut into 2-inch pieces.

  2. Heat sesame oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add beef, 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, and salt; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in drained seaweed and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

  3. Pour in 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Stir in garlic and remaining 4 cups water. Bring to a boil again, then cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

65 Calories
4g Fat
1g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 940mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 143mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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