Korean Soups and Stews Recipes

Whether you're looking for a spicy tofu stew or a traditional seaweed soup, Allrecipes has top-rated, authentic Korean soup recipes for you.

Staff Picks

Korean-style Seaweed Soup

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is the recipe of Korean-style seaweed soup. It's a traditional birthday dish in Korea. Also, every women who gives a birth eats this soup because it is believed that seaweed soup helps with breast feeding.

Korean Tofu and Vegetable Soup

Rating: 3.67 stars
This is the Korean equivalent of chicken noodle soup - it is a comforting, cure-all soup. It is also spicy and fresh, and easy to make. You will have to visit your local Asian market for some of the ingredients.

Quick and Simple Korean Doenjang Chigae (Bean Paste/Tofu Soup)

Rating: 3.83 stars
One of the most simple and quick dishes I learned to make while in Korea. Doenjang is a fermented soybean paste that can be found in Asian grocers.

Korean Bean Curd (Miso) Soup

Rating: 4.53 stars
This soup is tasty, delicious, easy to make and full of vegetables! This is a very simple Korean soup eaten with rice and other side dishes. Includes tofu, green squash, mushrooms and onions. True Korean recipe! Garnish with sliced green onions.

Korean Beef Stew

Rating: 4.2 stars
Korean beef stew so tender, sweet and spicy. Definitely a dish everyone will crave for. Garnish with chopped green onion and additional toasted sesame seeds.

Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Base Stew)

Rating: 4.5 stars
This dish started after the Korean War when food was in short supply. Canned ham, hot dogs, and beans were taken from American military bases and mixed with traditional Korean kimchi, vegetables, noodles, and spicy seasonings to create a delicious spicy and hearty stew. I first had this dish in a Korean restaurant near my home. It was so good that I went on a quest to figure out how to make it for myself. My version is pretty traditional and fairly spicy. Find a Korean/Asian market for the kimchi, pepper paste, and powder. It is worth it.

Korean Beef Short Rib Stew (Galbi Jjim)

Rating: 4.38 stars
This is the ultimate Korean comfort food. Sugar, corn syrup, and soy sauce can be adjusted to taste. The trick to tender ribs is a looong cooking time. Feel free to let it stew longer. Some versions in Korea also add chestnuts or dates to the stew.

Korean Soybean Noodles (Kong Kook Su)

Rating: 5 stars
A healthy and refreshing Korean noodle dish.

Kimchi Jigae (Kimchee Soup)

Rating: 4.67 stars
Delicious kimchee soup, easy to make, and very filling! Perfect for cold weather days.

Korean Seafood Tofu Soup (Soondubu Jjigae)

Rating: 5 stars
This is a recipe for a soft tofu soup that has become a favorite. I make this authentic recipe a lot at home and my friends have asked for the recipe. Eat with rice. Hope you like it!

Soondubu Jjigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew)

Rating: 3.33 stars
This is an easy one-pot dish. This recipe calls for using a Korean clay pot.

Galbitang (Korean Beef Short Rib Soup)

Rating: 1 stars
We made another slow-simmering beef soup last night called galbitang, which includes beef short ribs, Korean radish (mu), and glass noodles (dangmyun). Serve with rice and other banchan (side dishes).

Inspiration and Ideas

Korean Tteokguk (Rice Cake Soup)
"This is a traditional dish enjoyed by many—if not all—Koreans during the New Year's and Lunar New Year holidays. It can be enjoyed year-round." – mykoreaneats
Korean Soft Tofu Stew (Soon Du Bu Jigae)
Rating: Unrated
"Easy, fast, and flavorful with or without meat."– healthierbydesign

Korean Oxtail Soup

Many Korean people believe oxtails have lots of calcium and are very good for improving our physical strength. Oxtail soup doesn't need many side dishes, so many Korean moms prefer to cook oxtail soup before going on a long trip. When I was a child, oxtail soup was a special dish.