Spicy Korean Seafood Soup Recipe

A light soup, with plenty of spice and seafood flavor.

 seafood soup

Anchovy stock is the Korean counterpart to Japanese dashi. Here, it acts as the base for a powerfully flavorful seafood soup. White fish, shrimp, tofu, and mushrooms add even more texture to the already-rich red broth. The tingling spice of Korean chili powder and chili paste make this soup ideal for warming up in cold weather, or sweating through the heat of summer.

Recipe Facts



Active: 30 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1/2 pound boneless thick-filleted white fish, such as pollack or cod

  • 1/2 pound shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon sake

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1-2 tablespoons Korean chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon Korean chile paste (gochujang)

  • 2 crushed garlic cloves

  • 1 cup peeled and cubed daikon in 1-inch cubes

  • 10g (about 1/3 cup) dried anchovies

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1/4 block firm tofu, cubed

  • 1/2 cup enoki or other kind of mushroom

  • 2 cups chopped greens, such as watercress

  • Thinly sliced green onion to garnish


  1. Cut fish into 2 inch strips diagonally across grain. Place fish in bowl with sake, sesame oil, chili powder, gochujang paste, and garlic. Toss gently. Leave standing for about 30 minutes.

  2. In the meantime, bring 4 cups water to boil and add dried anchovies. Boil for 10 minutes, then discard anchovies. Add daikon, soy sauce, and tofu and simmer for 5 minutes until daikon is halfway cooked.

  3. Add fish, shrimp, and enoki and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes depending on size of shrimp. Add watercress and simmer for 1 minute longer until watercress is just cooked through. Garnish with green onion. Serve immediately.

Special Equipment

Dutch oven

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
132 Calories
3g Fat
5g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 132
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 672mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 335mg 7%
*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.)