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Soups of the world – Recipes from around the globe & some creations of my own

Doenjang Jjigae – Korean Miso Soup


Hello my foodie friends! I’m sorry for my short disappearance, I have had a busy week, but I’m back to share a delicious and spicy Korean hotpot! Sometimes I have the feeling that this look like a spicy food blog, but I can’t help it, I love it! I think about 70% of everything I cook is spicy or at least very fragrant. Is not that we don’t enjoy a delicate Mediterranean dish at home as well, but there is an undeniable trend here…

Doenjang is the Korean miso, made of fermented soybean paste and Jjigae basically means stew.  I adapted today’s dish from this recipe in Beyond Kimchee site, a great blog to learn or initiate into Korean food. The fermented soybean paste is not hot, but very salty and strong-flavoured and it gives the stews and soups a very particular flavour.

Let’s cook our Doenjang Jjigae?

Servings: 2 as a main course

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 200 g beef, cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoonful of soybean paste
  • 1 teaspoonful of chilli paste (if you don’t have Korean chilli paste, it could be replaced by chilli powder, Chinese chilli bean paste, Harissa or Sambal Oelek sauces; I know they are not exactly equivalents but I reckon they’d do the trick)
  • 1 carrot, cut into strips
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 jar of Shiitake mushrooms (or fresh if available)
  • 4 tablespoonful of Kimchee, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • Pickled Jalapeño chillies to garnish (or fresh if preferred)
  • Steamed Jasmine rice to serve


In a cooking pot, bring the stock to a boil and incorporate the beef, lower the heat and let it simmer. In the meantime, mix the soybean and the chilli pastes with a dash of stock until they have completely dissolved and pour into the soup.

To finish add the vegetables, mushrooms, kimchee and garlic (and the fresh Jalapeño is using), stir and simmer for around 20 minutes until the veggies have soften.

Serve very hot with some pickled Jalapeños slices on top, Jasmine rice and enjoy!

If you liked this recipe, check out this Spicy Beef Soup from the Korean series.


4 thoughts on “Doenjang Jjigae – Korean Miso Soup

  1. I love spicy food too – and this one looks so good and fairly easy to pull together 🙂


    • I’m so glad I’m not alone in the spicy food world! I’m just beginning with Korean food, but once you get some key ingredients it appears to be a lot of easy delish dishes to try 🙂


  2. Sounds fantastic. I love Korean food and flavors. I’m glad you stopped by this morning, for some reason I quit following you! ??


    • Mysteries of WordPress reader? Mine does funny things with my preferences sometimes…Thanks for stopping by again! l too love Korean food myself and started cooking it home not so long ago and is totally worth giving it a try 🙂


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