Miyeok Guk (Korean Seaweed Soup)

Miyeok guk is a staple in my home. It can be made with beef, seafood, pork, or vegan! It doesn’t matter what source of protein you use because the miyeok is going to be the star of the show anyway. It doesn’t look as good as it tastes but trust me- it is delicious!

My husband is somewhat of a picky eater and I am SO thankful that he loves miyeok guk even more than I do because it is my favorite non-spicy Korean soup! 

What is Miyeok?

More commonly known as wakame, miyeok is a type of edible dried seaweed that has a slippery & chewy texture when cooked in soups. In English it is called sea mustard. 

Miyeok is a rich source of calcium, iodine, and omega 3 fatty acids. This is an extremely healthy dish that is equally as delicious!

Ingredients 

  • Miyeok- dried edible seaweed (sea mustard). Korean and Japanese markets will have some for sure. Just make sure you get the right kind, because there are a few kinds of dried seaweed used for different purposes. The bag should say “미역” (see photo below for reference).

  • Beef– this recipe calls for beef, which is the version I usually make. However, you can use pork in this recipe the exact same way. You can also make a seafood miyeok guk, but the cooking process will be a little different. 

  • Anchovy stock- there are a few ways to make anchovy stock. I prefer the anchovy tablets because it’s fast, easy, and tastes good. You can use dashi bags or make it from scratch by boiling dried anchovies & dried kelp with water for 20 minutes. Unfortunately the brand of tablets I use is not available on Amazon, and only available at Costco once or twice a year (photo below).

  • Sesame oil- I always use the Kadoya brand
  • Fish sauce-  Three Crabs fish sauce is my favorite. you can substitute soy sauce or salt to make this vegan.

  • Garlic– I always put garlic in my miyeok guk but it’s totally fine to omit this ingredient if you don’t feel like mincing some garlic!

Korean Birthday Soup

Traditionally, Korean people eat miyeok guk every year on their birthday to honor their mothers for giving birth to them.

Miyeok guk is also traditionally eaten by women for several months after giving birth, to help with the healing process since miyeok is so nutritious. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s SO easy! You don’t need that many ingredients, and it can be ready in 30 minutes or less.

  • You can make a large batch and freeze to eat it later.

  • It’s healthy, low calorie, and tastes really good!

More soup recipes

If you like this recipe, try some of my other soup recipes on the blog! 

Miyeok Guk (Korean Seaweed Soup)

5 from 51 votes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 lb beef or pork or omit to make it vegan
  • 10 g miyeok (edible dried seaweed)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 anchovy tablets
  • 4 cups hot water

Instructions
 

  • To make the anchovy stock, combine 3 anchovy tablets with 4 cups of hot water and let it sit to dissolve.
    *There are other ways to make anchovy stock if you don't have anchovy tablets- use dashi bags or make it from scratch by boiling water with dried anchovies, kelp, and radish.
  • Soak the miyeok (dried seaweed) in warm water for 15 minutes or until soft, then rinse a few times and squeeze out all the water. Cut into bite-sized pieces if your miyeok is really long.
    *Careful not to soak for too long. Miyeok loses it's flavor the longer it is soaked.
  • Over medium-low heat, add the beef (or pork) to a pot and sprinkle salt all over. Sauté the beef until it is no longer red on the outside. Use paper towels to wipe up any scum.
    *You should not need to use any oil to sauté the beef, but if you're using a stainless steel pot then it might stick a little.
  • Increase the heat to medium then add the miyeok, garlic, and sesame oil.
  • Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the anchovy stock.
  • Add fish sauce to taste- for me 1/2 tsp is good enough.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes the beef should be very tender and the soup will have a slightly milky appearance. Serve with rice and kimchi 🙂

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This Post Has 52 Comments

    1. James

      5 stars
      I was just thinking about whether I could add tofu to this recipe, Thanks!

  1. @chn85

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Anonymous

    5 stars
    This is such an easy recipe to make the Miyeok Gook. The only substitute that I made was, I used Hondashi powder or MSG to make the broth on the side. Other than that, I found this recipe very useful.

  3. Sommer

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a good Seaweed Soup as this is one of my daughter’s favorites! My besties mom would make it all the time for my girl but I never got the chance to make it with her. before she passed unexpectedly due to covid. I’ve tried many recipes but it just wasn’t quite right! I made your recipe and when I tasted it, the floodgates opened and I cried like a big baby as it tasted just like hers! I immediately called my before and we cried together as we talked for hours about all the memories we have! Thank you for envoking such fond memories as Ms amassing food to go along with them!

  4. Vanessa Audrey

    5 stars
    Tried this recently because cooking is my love language and I had so much (dried) anchovy and kim in my pantry left. I did the tofu version since I’m trying to be more healthy ever since I get an allergic reaction to meats. Also, I love experimenting what I can do to people’s recipes to fit my taste or what (in theory) might taste good to my brain.

  5. Bich N

    5 stars
    My all time favorite comfort soup!!! It never gets old and I make this at least every two weeks 🙂

  6. Jennifer Sohn

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe. This is my absolute favorite comfort food 😊 The hint of fish sauce really made this dish!!!!!! Thank you!

  7. Anonymous

    5 stars
    My baby has loved this recipe ever since i first fed her solids. Now she gets excited every time I serve it! 🩷 Thank you for educating and sharing these home recipes with us!

    1. vj.3836

      5 stars
      This is one of my favorite soup at all times! Definitely a step up of my simple egg drop seaweed soup that I always like to make. It has both the simplicity and the complexity in it. Love the addition of fish sauce and anchovy stock in the soup that enhance the umami flavor. Thank you for sharing, Stella!

  8. Mirtha Hernandez

    5 stars
    as a Mexican-Korean, I identify with almost all of your recipes, and my mouth waters. but, this soup is my childhood memories, reminds me of my Halmoeni, and how none of our neighbors in Mexico ate like we did lol. I often say I grew up on frijoles de la olla with rice and kimchi, because I’d have to explain this soup. gotta go make some!

  9. Jen

    5 stars
    This is my go to comfort Korean soup. I love having it all the time even not on my birthday.😊

  10. Glue_sh_liya

    5 stars
    This!! 10/10 I am so weary of seaweed soups and have been needing a health boost recently, and this was the most delicious and tasty seaweed soup. Kids love it as well!

  11. @_roeun_

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! It’s my comfort food and definitely reminds me of a soup my mom used to make me, so it hits home and will always have a place in my heart! And it’s great that you can change it up by adding different proteins to it! Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe that I get to cook for my family!

  12. Julie Kang

    5 stars
    Simple, healthy and nourishing – this soup is the perfect go to. Instructions were easy to follow and the flavors were amazing. My whole family enjoyed this!

    1. Jasmine Dennis

      5 stars
      Super nourishing and flavorful! I eat this very often and it’s my favorite recipe!

      Thank you 🫶🏽

  13. IG @Kiwakochan

    5 stars
    My friend made me this after I had my son, and it was so delicious. I’ve been trying to find a simple recipe that tasted just like the one she made, and I think I found it!

  14. Jennie Terning

    5 stars
    I love this simple and delicious recipe that is so tasty! ❤️

  15. Michelle

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! I like making it for my friends when after they give birth or if they’re sick and I always get compliments on the food. 10/10 recommend

  16. Frida Bejarano

    5 stars
    This recipe hits different on the rainy day! It was a hit with my family and they now ask me to make it any time the rain approaches.

  17. Seannell Laa

    5 stars
    Love this simple but delicious soup. I enjoy eating this on cold chilly days or when not feeling well. When my father was in the hospital and didn’t have an appetite for food this is the soup I got him and it brought him so much comfort.

  18. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I have 2 kids, 2 & 3, who love this recipe! This is a reoccurring soup in our meal plan!

  19. Vida

    5 stars
    I made this for my friend who just had her first child. I love the fusion and mixed content. I’m half Asian as well and love that you are also a So Cal girl! Keep doing you!

  20. Joey

    5 stars
    Besides Kimchi Jjigae, this is my go to when it gets cold outside. Love your recipes!

    Thanks

  21. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Such an easy and comforting recipe!!! 🤩 my absolute favorite on busy, rainy days

  22. You lily

    5 stars
    Awe! I miss my mom’s miyeok gum. And your recipe reminded me of hers 🩵🙏🏼 yum 🤤

  23. Anonymous

    Hi Stella!

    I just wanted to say I am thankful for this easy, step by step recipe! We always grew up eating miyukgook every birthday. My husband and I recently got married 4 months ago, and it was the first time I’ve made it for him for his birthday (which was this past weekend) since we’ve been together for 6 years! He absolutely loved it! Thank you for making it easy to follow & so delicious!

    with much love,
    @missxgrace

  24. Blair

    5 stars
    This is such a great soup , it has a cozy warm good feeling soup , it’s not a heavy soup . Wasn’t too hard to make and plan on trying it again soon.

  25. Mali Chanthakhoun

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! It’s easy to make and healthy to boot. What more can a girl ask for . Thank you

  26. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! Going through postpartum and have been making this seaweed soup. It’s so delicious and comforting! Thanks Stella for this recipe! 💕

  27. Eric yoon

    5 stars
    My wife just recently had a baby and this recipe is so perfect for the healing process! Very delicious thank you!!!!

  28. 5 stars
    Growing up in a Latin household and later having one of my aunts marry into a Korean family is what allowed for a discovery, fascination, and appreciation of two cultures combined into one. Miyeok Guk, holds a special place in my heart, as it is one of the first Korean dishes I was introduced to as a child and now a soup my own baby enjoys. I remember learning about this soup’s healing and comforting abilities specifically when mothers give birth, and now it makes sense why my aunt ate this soup immediately after giving birth. I am so thankful for you and your talents that you deliver to us through instagram because your recipes help me to remember joyful and comforting moments of my childhood! Thanks Stella!

  29. The_youngest_kim

    5 stars
    Love that miyeok guk gets some love here, super simple and reminds me of home

  30. Josh Yu

    5 stars
    Stella has beeen my “go to” for Korean recipes. Especially this one. I recently made this for my sisters birthday and the taste and technique was on point. Highly recommend!

  31. Jessica

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, reminds me of when my mom used to be able to make it for me. Thanks for sharing this, I’ve almost forgotten about this comforting dish.

    – Jess

  32. Kylie C

    5 stars
    Just made this last night and it was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe; I can’t wait to try more.

  33. Jenny

    5 stars
    Growing up, I heard Miyeok Guk is one of the easiest Korean soup one can make. As a newlywed, it was one of the most intimidating soup to make for my husband’s first meal on his birthday. Stella’s step by step recipe and pictures made the process easy and simple. My husband’s first b-day meal was a success! Thanks for sharing!

  34. @btscraftmonster ( on instagram 💜)

    5 stars
    I love this simple and fast recipe! I didn’t have anchovy tablets, so I used dashi and kelp instead. I’m
    The only one in the house that eats this soup, but that’s ok… more for meeeee😂.

  35. Danielle

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe before giving it to my daughter in law before she had my grandson. It was delicious!

  36. Jenny H

    5 stars
    Miyeok guk is my ultimate favorite Korean soup dish!! Don’t skip the fish sauce!! I would say that’s the most important part of this recipe! Thank you Stella for sharing your personal recipe!
    Love

  37. Amy

    5 stars
    I made this recipe for my husbands birthday and he loved it! Said it tasted like his mom’s homemade cooking.

  38. IG @xee17

    5 stars
    I’ve been wanting to try seaweed soup for the longest time and finally made it using this recipe! Such a simple, yet flavorful and homey dish. Gonna be a new go-to comfort food.

  39. Kira Johnson

    5 stars
    I love to make this soup whenever it’s cold or I’m not feeling well. It’s so warming and comforting. I usually make it without the meat when I have an upset stomach. ❤️

    1. Kira Johnson

      5 stars
      I love to make this soup whenever it’s cold or I’m not feeling well. It’s so warming and comforting. I usually make it without the meat when I have an upset stomach. ❤️

  40. L_mie

    5 stars
    My 4 year old boy asks for this seaweed soup all the time. So good and so easy to make, we love it!

  41. Vivian Chow

    5 stars
    Made this as part of my friends bday dinners recently and it was so comforting! So easy and would def make for regular weeknight dinners!
    Thanks!

  42. IG @kellyen

    5 stars
    This was so yummy! Can’t go back to packaged/instant seaweed soup after learning how to make it from Stella’s recipe!

  43. @Amkchiang

    5 stars
    Perfect for a cold day! Totally hits the spot and can be pulled off at the last minute.

  44. @cs_tako

    5 stars
    Just made a huge batch of this for a friend who just became a mother 🤱🏻 love your recipe!!

  45. Anonymous

    5 stars
    Miyeok guk has been a favorite of mine growing up. I have always wanted to make this on my own because I could legit eat this everyday! Thank you for sharing your recipe!🖤

    1. An

      5 stars
      Made this a few days ago on a rainy day because soups are the best on rainy days. Recipe was easy to follow and soup came out really good! Very light, healthy and easy to eat. My husband and kids loved it. I will definitely make more again soon.

    2. An

      5 stars
      Made this a few days ago on a rainy day because soups are the best on rainy days. Recipe was easy to follow and soup came out really good! Very light, healthy and easy to eat. My husband and kids loved it. I will definitely make more again soon. Thanks for the recipe!

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