Find the most popular and healthy Korean soup recipes here. Korean soups are nourishing and comforting, and they are an essential part of Korean meals. Whether it is a light soup to accompany a main dish or as a main dish itself, you will discover many soup varieties that will soothe your soul.

Recipe roundup for popular Korean soup recipes

It is common practice in Korean households to include a steaming hot bowl of soup as part of their daily meals. Korean soup is a hallmark of a Korean home cooked meal.

These homestyle soups can either accompany the main dish or serve as the main dish itself. Korean soup recipes offer a diverse range of varieties and flavors, but you can generally divide them into three categories:

  • Guk (국): Usually light soup served along with a main dish or as a main dish.
  • Tang (탕): Made with bone broth
  • Jeongol (전골): A hot pot with variety of ingredients boiled together in a large pot

Korean stews called Jjigae (찌개) fall into their own separate category. Jjigae is thicker and tends to be heavier than guk (soup).

This list includes popular Korean soups enjoyed in Korean homes. Most of them are easy and quick to prepare, full of flavor and umami. If you are looking for a healthy Korean soup, you will find it here.

Learn how to make these traditional soups with my easy Korean cooking method at your home.

20 Homestyle Korean soup recipes

Korean spicy chicken soup (dakgaejang) with vegetables is showing its devilish red look in a white pot.

Spicy Korean Chicken Soup (Dakgaejang)

This spicy Korean chicken soup (dakgaejang) is delicious and full of flavor! With plenty of vegetables, like leeks and mushrooms, this recipe is nourishing and comforting. Plus, learn my secret tips to keeping the broth bright red.
A bowl of yukgaejang is placed on a yellow napkin and served with rice and Korean utensils.

Korean Spicy Beef Vegetable Soup (Yukgaejang)

This authentic homemade recipe for Yukgaejang (spicy Korean beef vegetable soup) is deeply flavorful and comforting. I’ve included step-by-step photos and my top tips for making this satisfyingly spicy beef stew at home in your own kitchen.
Korean beef radish soup is served with rice and kimchi

Korean Beef Radish Soup (Sogogi Muguk)

Korean beef radish soup is a comforting soup that is often served in winter time in Korea. It's worth to look for Korean radish to get the mellow flavor of the soup. Gluten-free!
Galbitang soup made with beef short ribs are served with rice and kimchi.

Galbitang Recipe (Korean Short Rib Soup)

Galbitang is a hearty Korean short rib soup made with aromatic vegetables. Cook this galbitang recipe in an instant pot or over the stovetop. Making it a day in advance is recommended to achieve a clean taste in the broth.
A bowl of beef seaweed soup is served with rice and kimchi on the side.

Korean Seaweed Soup (Miyeokguk)

Seaweed soup (miyeokguk) is a light and comforting Korean soup made with dried seaweed and beef. This easy recipe creates a delicious and nutritious soup in no time.
A bowl of mandu guk, Korean dumpling soup, is served with kimchi.

Quick Korean Dumpling Soup (Mandu Guk)

Mandu guk is a Korean dumpling soup often served in the winter, especially at the New Year. You can make this comfort soup quickly with store-bought frozen dumplings and a flavorful broth of your choice.
Seaweed egg drop soup is served with rice and fish.

Healthy Seaweed Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Seaweed egg drop soup is light and healthy soup often served as a quick breakfast soup in Korea. This low calorie soup is easy to prepare with just a few ingredients.
Tteokguk, Koran rice cake soup in a bowl, garnished with eggs.

Easy Tteokguk (Korean Rice Cake Soup)

Tteokguk is a popular Korean rice cake soup enjoyed for Korean New Year’s Day. Soft and chewy rice cakes are simmered in a rich, flavorful broth of beef and vegetables. Perfect comfort food any time.
A bowl of rice cake soup is garnished with ground beef sauce and crumbled seaweed.

Easy Ground Beef Rice Cake Soup

This ground beef rice cake soup recipe is easy and you don't need to make soup stock separately. The soup is still flavorful but only easier to make.
Korean pumpkin porridge is served in a large soup bowl with a lid.

30-Minute Korean Pumpkin Porridge (Hobakjuk)

Learn to make authentic Korean pumpkin porridge at home (hobakjuk recipe). It’s a velvety, versatile rice dish for any meal, from breakfast to even dessert.
Kimchi and soybean sprouts make a good hangover soup to serve with rice.

Soybean Sprout Soup with Kimchi

Using anchovy stock as a soup base, this soybean sprout soup with kimchi is a popular hangover soup in Korea. Use very sour cabbage kimchi to get a salivating taste.
Beef and bean sprout soup

Beef and Bean Sprout Soup

Lean beef slices are quickly simmered with bean sprouts in a spicy broth, this beef and bean sprout soup brings a Korean comfort when you need it. serve with rice and kimchi.
A Korean style turnip green potato soup is served in a blue bowl.

Korean Turnip Green Soup with Potato

Korean turnip green and potato soup makes is homey and comforting. Korean soybean paste deepens the flavor of broth and makes it delicious to serve with rice.
Korean ox tail bone marrow soup

Korean Ox Tail Bone Marrow Soup

Korean ox tail bone marrow soup is full of collagen. All you need to do is to add water and simmer for hours. Serve with rice and kimchi.
Dried pollock soup with soybean sprouts and tofu is a quick Korean breakfast

15-Minute Dried Pollock Soup (Bugeo-guk)

Dried pollock fish is simmered with soybean sprouts and tofu in a flavorful stock to make a light Korean style hangover soup. It takes only 15 minutes to fix this breakfast soup.
Korean cold seaweed cucumber soup

Korean Cold Cucumber Soup (Oi Naengguk)

Oi Naengguk is a classic Korean cold cucumber soup. The light and refreshing taste of fresh cucumbers and seaweed in a chilled savory broth is perfect for hot summer days.
Korean Chicken and Potato Dumpling is simmered in a savory chicken stock.

Hand Torn Chicken Noodle Soup (Sujebi)

Hand torn noodle soup (sujebi) is Korean version of chicken and dumpling. Potato is added to the simple dumpling and simmered in a savory chicken stock.
Korean knife cut noodle soup is cooked with chicken, zucchini and carrot in Korean herb broth.

Korean Knife Cut Noodle Soup (Kalguksu)

Korean knife cut noodle soup made with chicken (dak kalguksu) is a soul comforting chicken soup of Korea. Korean herb broth makes it very flavorful. This recipe uses homemade noodles but store-bought noodles work fine, too.
This Korean soybean paste soup is made with beef, watercress and chives

Korean Soybean Paste Soup with Beef, Watercress, and Chives

This comforting Korean soybean paste soup (doenjang guk) is made with beef, watercress, and chives. It's flavor is light yet robust, appropriate to enjoy any time of the day.
Kimchi udon noodle soup with fish cake skewers in a bowl.

20-Minute Kimchi Udon Noodle Soup

Quick and flavorful, this Kimchi Udon Soup recipe combines spicy kimchi with savory dashi and smooth udon for a perfect Korean-Japanese fusion.
Recipe roundup for popular Korean soup recipes

20 Homestyle Korean Soup Recipes: Korean Beef Radish Soup

Korean beef radish soup is often served in winter time in Korea, however, you can enjoy this comforting soup anytime of the year. Gluten-free!
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  • Heat oils in a 4 qt soup pot over med-low heat. Add the beef and cook until browned.
  • Add radish pieces and toss together with beef. Pour water and add dried sea kelp. Cover with a lid and bring it to boil over med-high heat. When boiling, remove the sea kelp and discard.
  • Using a small fine mesh strainer, scoop out scums floating on top. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, covered.
  • Add garlic and Korean soup soy sauce or tuna sauce. Add salt to season according to your taste.
  • Add the Asian leek or green onion, and pepper. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice and kimchi


Korean radishes are easily found in most Korean stores. If not available, use daikon radish and add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the soup when simmering.
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