Korean Beef Soup has proven to be one of the most popular recipes in my household... let me fill you in on why it'll quickly become queen B at your house, too...!
Korean Beef Soup can be made at home- say what? Oh, and it's not difficult- say what times two? You guys, this soup is so dang awesome. I really hate to toot my own horn (yeah, right) but it is that freakin' delicious! One of my favorite places to go in all of San Diego to eat would be: Clairemont Mesa. They have all my favorite go to's there: Korean BBQ, hotpot places, Japanese tapas, boba, karaoke, etc. you catch my drift. My all-time favorite though is definitely Korean BBQ.
Most restaurants will give you all-you-can-eat sides which will consist of anything like: fish cakes and kimchi to pickled vegetables and an unlimited supply of raw eggs for your soup or stew. You all know how I feel about eggs, right? I like to add eggs to everything possible. I crack an egg over my breakfast through dinner snacks and meals, seriously. If your food is dry, that ooey gooey yolk-y goodness will take care of that for you! Lucky for you, this soup is anything but dry, but you can totally crack some eggs into it, if you'd like!
You may think to yourself: It's almost Summer... why on earth are you making Korean Beef Soup right now? Well, to be honest, I prefer eating soups and stews throughout the year- no matter the temperature outside. They're so quick, convenient and comforting. I'm not turning my oven on, so my entire house doesn't heat up. I am more than OK with it.
Korean Beef Soup is one of the most comforting foods I make at our house. My husband requests this dish at least once a month, if not more often. Whenever we go get Korean BBQ, I love putting several eggs into my soup and then spending the rest of my meal trying to find them with my spoon without breaking them. Why? I have to carefully pierce the yolk with my fork on purpose. I like to watch it burst and ooze its contents out into the rest of my bowl. Have I grossed you out enough yet? Not a chance! I decided it would be super simple for me to mimic what I order at the restaurant and create my own version of Korean Beef Soup right here in my kitchen.
You can get fancy and add some kelp noodles or spiralize some zucchinis or sweet potatoes to throw in here. I prefer mine with zucchini noodles. This soup can also be made 100% Whole30 compliant by simply omitting the coconut sugar. Go grab some grass-fed meat (any kind, really) and get to boiling and simmering. This will do a mighty fine job warming you up on a brisk, nearly Summer day, and it is the ultimate comfort food.
You'll remember why soup isn't just for the Winter months after guzzling down a bowl. Oh, and if you want to impress some friends or family members with some serious international cuisine, invite them over for this Korean Beef Soup. This is especially true if they've gone to a Korean restaurant and ordered hot pot before-- they'll be wow'ed. This Korean Beef Soup is also a homemade version of hot pot, in my opinion. You heard me. Happy hot potting!
Psst... zucchini noodles are the PERFECT accompaniment to this dish!
Korean Beef Hot Pot
- 1 head of garlic minced (approximately 12 cloves)
- 3 tablespoons ghee or avocado oil divided in two
- 1 large or 2 small yellow onions finely diced
- 2 large carrots diced
- 1 1/2 pounds grassfed beef stew meat (ground beef will work well too)
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 4 cups beef or chicken stock
- 1 star anise
- 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar omit for Whole30 compliance
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
- In a large and deep frying pan or stockpot, saute the minced garlic with half of the oil on medium heat. Once garlic turns brown and looks crunchy, set aside in a small plate.
- Add the diced onion into the pan with the other half of oil and saute until translucent. Add in the diced carrots and combined for 1-2 more minutes. Brown and separate the beef in the pan with the vegetables.
- Once meat is cooked through, add aminos and broth. Add enough beef broth to cover the meat (approximately 4 cups).
- Add in the star anise and coconut sugar. Stir well and bring to the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to a simmer for 45-50 minutes (until meat is tender).
- Mix in the rest of the ingredients & the browned garlic. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Serve hot!
Hi! I’m Monica – recipe developer, matcha addict and lover of all things chocolate, kombucha and any & all puns. I am also the blogger, real food lover, & bonafide hustler behind the blog ‘The Movement Menu.’ I’m so excited to welcome you to my happy space, where my appreciation of creative recipes and healthy & mindful eats come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.