A Deliciously Tasty Kimchi Soup Recipe

If you ask us, kimchi will never go out of style. We could eat it every and never get tired of it. We also suspect that many of our readers feel the exact same way. Since kimchi is so versatile and can be worked into such a wide range of dishes, it is easy to see why it has become so popular. Whether you love ramen, tacos, fries or all of the above, it is tough for anyone to get bored of it.

With all of that being said, it is time to take a closer look at all of the fun that kimchi has to offer when it comes to your soups. This deliciously tasty kimchi soup recipe is sure to serve as a major game changer. Families that find themselves perpetually in search of tasty and healthy dinner options that can be put together quickly are sure to love this one.

Did you know that this soup is known as kimchiguk in Korean? In addition to serving as a popular Korean dish for decades now, it has become a welcome addition to the American family’s dinner schedule. It’s easy to make, the ingredients are not hard to come by and best of all, it is good for you. The pork and tofu provide the necessary protein, while the kimchi offers valuable vitamins and minerals.

Yes, a hearty soup like this one is great for the winter months but it is a great dish to have access to all year round. The textures and flavors make for a truly sensory experience, unlike few others. The end result is a dish that will never become boring or played out in your household. Each bite provides a whole new experience, with different textures to enjoy every time. The authentic Korean flavors also offer diners the chance to expand their palette.

Before we proceed, it is important to note that some of these ingredients may require a trip to your local Asian grocery store. That does not mean that they are hard to come by at all. In fact, we love heading to these stores and learning more about the items that they have to offer. We are more than sure that you will as well.

Let’s take a closer look at the fun variations that can be made to this deliciously tasty kimchi soup recipe. This will allow the at-home chef to amend the recipe to their liking and create a final version that their family is guaranteed to love!

What Variations Can We Add To Our Kimchi Soup?

After all, what good would a recipe like this one be if we did not offer any variations for you to try out? Fortunately, this kimchi soup recipe comes with all sorts of variations that are definitely going to appeal to a wide range of readers. For starters, there are many who are going to want to add some miso. All it takes is a small pinch of miso paste to add a savory blast of flavor that will let your soup stand out from the crowd.

Of course, there are also those who are going to want to add an egg and we are here to let you know that this is also a great option. A soft-boiled egg can be added to each serving, which is a fantastic idea for anyone who is looking to up their protein content. Others may decide that they would rather switch up the mushrooms. If shiitake or portobello mushrooms are more your speed, you can swap out the button mushrooms with no issue.

Would you like to add another fun texture to the soup? If so, glass noodles can be cooked separately and added to the soup once it is complete. Add them before serving for best results. Last but certainly not least, the tofu lovers are more than welcome to add extra if they desire. The recipe calls for half a package but many tofu fans will simply use the whole thing instead. The extra protein is just an added bonus.

Prep + Cook Time

There are few recipes out there that can stand next to this deliciously tasty kimchi soup recipe when it comes to speedy prep and cook times. Prep time will only take 10 minutes, while you will only need to set aside 20 minutes once it is cooking time. This makes the dish a great choice for any family on the go.


  • Scallions (6)
  • Garlic cloves (4, minced)
  • Freshly grated ginger (1 tablespoon)
  • Vegetable oil (1 tablespoon or 15 mL)
  • Sliced mushrooms (1 8-ounce package or 226 grams)
  • Veggie broth (4 cups or 950 mL)
  • Kimchi Hot Sauce (2 tablespoons or 30 grams)
  • Daikon radish (1 medium, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch rounds)
  • Lucky Foods Seoul Original Kimchi (1 cup or 150 grams)
  • Silken tofu (1/2 of a 12-ounce package or 340 grams, sliced into large cubes)
  • Soy sauce (use as needed)

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Step 1:

This is when the saute will take place. Once you are ready to get started, it is time to thinly slice up your scallions. Make sure that the white and the green parts are fully separated. From there, mince your garlic. Make sure that the ginger has been finely grated. Grab a large skillet or pan and heat the oil on a medium setting. Add the white parts of your scallions, ginger, mushrooms and garlic. Cook the mixture, making sure that you are stirring frequently. You will know it is time to head to the next step when the mushrooms have sweated out their moisture and have been soft for roughly 8 minutes.

Step 2:

Now, it is time to simmer your soup. Add your hot sauce, broth and the daikon radish. Bring the soup to a simmer before covering it. Allow it to cook until the radish has had the chance to soften. We prefer a slight softening so that there is a slight crunch. This step is going to take about 10 minutes.

Step 3:

Your deliciously tasty kimchi soup recipe is now served. The tofu and kimchi is stirred into the dish prior to serving. The soy sauce is added as well and the amount that you will use will depend on your tolerance for saltiness. Taste the soup, so that you know exactly how much to add. Ladle the soup into the bowls that it will be served in and add the green parts of the scallions.

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