Seaweed Soup (Miyuk Guk)


According to an old wives' tale, slurping this healthy Korean seaweed soup recipe spurs postpartum healing in new mothers. But everyone can enjoy the nourishment of a hot soup. Serve with bowls of brown rice to add to the seaweed soup as you wish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
8 servings


  • 1 ounce miyuk (see Tips), cut into bite-size pieces (about 2 cups)

  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into bite-size strips

  • 6 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari

  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided

  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Soak miyuk in a large bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes. Rinse two or three times and drain. Cut into bite-size pieces, if necessary.

  2. Toss chicken in a large bowl with garlic, tamari and 2 teaspoons oil. Let marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  3. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring often, until no longer pink on the outside, about 1 minute. Add the drained miyuk and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes more.

  4. Add broth; bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds, if desired.


Tips: Miyuk (also labeled sea mustard or wakame) is a type of wrinkly brown seaweed, widely enjoyed by Koreans in soup. It's often sold precut into strips and expands greatly as it soaks in liquid.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

110 Calories
5g Fat
5g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 110
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 11g 23%
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Vitamin A 165IU 3%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 2mcg 0%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 50mg 12%
Potassium 424mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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