Korean Cabbage Soup (Baechu Guk)

Korean Cabbage Soup (Baechu Guk)

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
27 Calories
1g Fat
2g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 897mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 193mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This cabbage soup is not often found in restaurants but is a staple in Korean households. Healthy, low-fat, and rich in nutrients and vitamins, Baechu Gook is Korean comfort food and is especially popular in the winter months.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Korean Cabbage Soup (Baechu Guk) ingredients

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  2. In a large pot, add the beef broth and bring to a simmer. Add the soybean paste (daenjang) and stir to dissolve.

    Add the soybean paste (daenjang) to the pot with beef broth

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  3. When it begins to boil, reduce to a simmer and add cabbage and garlic.

    add cabbage and garlic to the sauce in the pot

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  4. Cook until cabbage is very tender, about 20 minutes.

    cabbage soup cooking in the pot

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  5. Turn off heat and add black pepper and chopped scallions.

    Korean Cabbage Soup (Baechu Guk) in a pot

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Tips

  • You can use store-bought beef broth for this soup if you don't have time to make your own.
  • We like my baechu gook very peppery, but you can also replace this with red pepper powder (kochukaru) if you want that type of spiciness instead.

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