6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (2024)

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6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! These soups will not only warm you up but also help you stay healthy. Some soups are packed with Vitamin C which is great for colds!

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Koreans make a lot of soups in the winter (and summer too I guess haha). I recently shared a Korean soup recipe forKorean Beef Cabbage Radish Soupusing the Instant Pot that my husband likes to make when I’m not able to cook for the family. It’s definitely one of our favoritewintersoups! I also have many other souprecipes that are great for the season, and I’ve collected them in this post for you to enjoy.

From protein-rich meaty soups to plant-strong vegetable soups, there’s something for everyone. One thing’s for sure, these Korean soup recipes are packed with nutritious ingredients to nourish your body during the cold and flu season. The wisdom of our Korean ancestors never ceases to amaze me!

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  1. Beef Short Rib Soup (Galbitang 갈비탕)This deeply satisfying soup is like a warm hug for your tummy. Beef isslowly simmered with onions and green onions to produce rich flavors and meat that’s fall-off-the-bone tender. The cooking process will fill the house with mouthwatering aromas. Mmm… And be sure to add a LOT of fresh green onions right before serving to increase the Vitamin C in your soup! (FYI, there’s also an Instant Pot Galbi Tang version here)

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  2. Rice Cake Soup (Dduk Guk/Tteok Guk 떡국)
    It’s a tradition for Koreans to eat rice cake soup on new year’s day. So this is definitely a Korean Winter Soup – with such a delicious mix of protein from ground beef, carbs from the rice cake, and vegetables like onion, seaweed; this is an all-round great soup for the family during wintertime. You can get rice cake specially made for soup (dduk guk dduk/tteok guk tteok 떡국떡) from most Korean supermarkets.

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  3. Radish Soup (Mu Doenjang Guk 무된장국 ) This Radish soup gets its hearty flavors from an anchovy-dashima (kelp/kombu) stock and Korean soybean paste (doenjang). Radish is great wintertime food because it is high in vitamin C which helps your immunity to keep the flu and cold away. It is also low in calories, high in fiber, and rich with digestive enzymes, which makes this soup a good option for something light yet packed with goodness.

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  4. Spicy Beef Soup (Yukgaejan/ Yukgyejang 육개장)A classic favorite made with beef brisket, green onions, bean sprouts, and optional gosari(bracken fiddleheads) in a belly-warming broth spiced with Korean chili powder (gochukaru). Don’t worry, you can adjust the amount of chili powder based on your preferred level of spiciness.

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  5. Chicken Soup (Yeong gye baeksuk영계백숙)A simple yet extremely nutritious soup made with cornish game hen or young chicken and lots of garlic that Koreans swear by for revitalizing the body, something we all need during the cold and flu season. It’s Korean chicken soup for the soul!

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  6. Soybean Sprout Soup (Kongnamul Guk 콩나물국 )This is the soup to have if you’re feeling under the weather. Soybean sprouts are a good source of protein, vitamin C, B vitamin folate, and fiber. The root ends of the sprouts contain amino acid asparagine which is said to alleviate hangovers and help healthy brain development in children. By adding lots of red chili pepper powder (gochukaru), this a soup will completely clear out your sinuses should you need to!!

Hope everyone stays healthy and warm this winter and every winter with these wonderful Korean soups!



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  1. 6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (12)Courtney says

    Your food looks delicious!! We love Korean food, I can’t wait to make these! Thank you 💗


    • 6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (13)JinJoo says

      Thank you so much!! Enjoy!


  2. 6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (14)Jie says

    Hi, did Korean usually enjoy the soup with the rice or the soup without rice?


    • 6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (15)JinJoo says

      Yes – we usually enjoy it with rice. Rice is needed especially for spicy and heavily seasoned soups. Enjoy!


  3. 6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (16)Amy says

    I love Korean food especially soups. I’d love to have all of them now 🙂


    • 6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (17)JinJoo says

      So glad you like Korean soups – it’s quite doable so hope you can make some soon!Thanks for stopping by.


  4. 6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (18)Christine says

    Soups are such life saviors during the winter. I’d love to try them all! 🙂


6 Best Korean Soup Recipes for Winter! (2024)


What is the best Korean soup for a cold? ›

Galbitang, a Korean soup made from simmering beef ribs, is the perfect dish if you're suffering from a cold or allergies that have your nose and sinuses clogged up.

What is the famous soup in Korea? ›

Seolleongtang. Seolleongtang is a hot, invigorating South Korean bone soup prepared by boiling cow's bones, feet, head, organs, brisket, and shank for a long time until the broth develops a creamy white color. The soup is a staple in numerous Korean households, especially during the cold winter months.

What is the best Korean food for a cold? ›

It's called “budae jjigae,” or “army stew,” and it's a hearty, savory, spicy stew perfect for those gnarly winter flus that make you feel weak all over with no appetite.

How many types of Korean soups are there? ›

Soups in Korea can be largely categorised into four: guk, tang, jjigae and jeongol.

What is the national soup of Korea? ›

is a hearty full of flavour spicy soup best taken while. its bubbling hot and pair with our white rice to help. balance out the heat.

What does Koreans eat when they are sick? ›

This hot stew made with chicken and ginseng is a popular dish in Korea and is traditionally eaten when a person is sick with a cold or flu. This is because of the chicken, which is often said to be 'hot' food, and the ginseng, which supposedly helps to fight off the sickness and make you feel better.

What is the No 1 soup in the world? ›

According to the Taste Atlas Awards, the international food database, the Filipino favorite, Sinigang, is hailed as the best soup in the world.

What soup do Koreans eat for breakfast? ›

Common breakfast soups are muguk beef radish soup, or Miyeok seaweed soup with bits of beef like a lean flank steak. Sometimes a simple bean sprout soup. Alternatively, Koreans simply eat laver (gim) and a bowl of rice.

What soup do Koreans eat on their birthday? ›

Miyeok-guk (미역국) (also rendered as miyuk guk) or seaweed soup is a non-spicy Korean soup whose main ingredient is miyeok, or seaweed. It is traditionally eaten as a birthday breakfast in honor of one's mother and by women who have given birth for several months postpartum.

What do Koreans drink in winter? ›

The humble coffee – shots of espresso served over ice, topped up with water – has become South Korea's unofficial national drink, outselling its hot counterpart even during the depths of winter, Starbucks data shows.

What do Koreans eat for stomach aches? ›

Jook (죽), rice porridge: You could compare jook to chicken noodle soup. It's a Korean staple for the sick, especially those with stomachaches. It's made by slow-boiling rice that's been left out to soak in water for many hours.

What is Korean soup for cold and flu? ›

Chicken Soup (Yeong gye baeksuk 영계백숙)A simple yet extremely nutritious soup made with cornish game hen or young chicken and lots of garlic that Koreans swear by for revitalizing the body, something we all need during the cold and flu season.

What are the 6 types of soups? ›

Types of Soup Classifications
  • Broth soups.
  • Consommes.
  • Cream Soups.
  • Veloute-based soups.
  • Puree soups.
  • Bisques.
  • Chowders.
Apr 24, 2012

What soup makes you a year older in Korea? ›

Traditionally, Koreans consider that they become one year older by eating Tteokguk (rice-cake soup) on New Year's Day. In the traditional “Korean age” (“세는 나이” [se-neun-na-i]) system, a person's age is calculated based on the year they were born rather than their birthday.

What do Koreans eat with soup? ›

Rice and banchan are typically served with a soup or stew alongside. Seoyoung notes that the main thing to be aware of is where you place your soup bowl in relation to your rice bowl.

What kind of soup is good for a cold? ›

Here's our list of soups that put their feel-good magic to work!
  • Chicken Noodle Soup.
  • Asian-Inspired Zoodle Flu Buster Soup.
  • Harvest Vegetable Soup.
  • Butternut Squash Soup.
  • Tomato Basil Soup.
  • Coconut Curry Soup.
  • Creamy Corn and Potato Chowder.
  • Poblano Chicken Chowder.
Oct 19, 2023

Is kimchi soup good for colds? ›

Vitamin-rich hot pepper is high in capsaicin, believed to kill harmful microbes. Rounding out the list, ginger is an Ayurvedic remedy for coughs and colds. But kimchi's real cold-fighting power lies in its fermentation process, which produces high levels of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics.

What is the Korean spicy soup when sick? ›

Gochujang Jjigae or Pepper Paste Stew is an easy and extra spicy soup dish that you will look for every time you feel sick!

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