Korean Seafood Soup

It is a blessing to have a good neighbor. And it's even better when that neighbor is your mother and a great cook! She's in her mid-seventies and my mom can still out-cook me ten times over.

This past weekend, she hosted a bible study group at her house. It was a wonderful to see her lovingly prepare so many dishes for her friends. They are never disappointed. Look at these beautiful ingredients for her meal!

Mussels and shrimp are par-cooked. Baby octopus, fish cakes, and veggies like zucchini, green onions, and mushrooms are prepared. Tofu and Korean rice cakes are also added.

She saves the liquid from par-cooking the shrimp and mussels and adds 4-5 cups of homemade chicken broth, which totals to about 1 1/2quarts. Then she seasons the broth with salt and pepper and about 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.

Using an electric pan, broth is brought to boil and all the prepared seafood and veggies are added. Cook until just heated through.
Ladle this delicious soup into small serving bowls with various hot sauces, "banchan" (Korean side dishes), and rice.

Mom's Korean Seafood Soup
Serves 12 with Korean sides

1 lb. mussels, par cooked
1 lb. shrimp (31-40 count), par cooked
1/2 lb baby octopus, thawed
1/2 lb of Japanese fish cakes, any types
3 green onions, halved, sliced in 3-inch length
7-8 large mushrooms, washed, sliced
2 large zucchinis, sliced
1/2 lb. extra firm tofu, diced
1/4 lb. Korean rice cake, optional
1 quart of homemade chicken broth
2 cups of fish stock or clam juice
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste

Hot sauces like Sriracha, Chinese Chili Paste, or Korean red pepper paste to taste.

In an electric skillet, bring broth to boil, add freshly minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
Add part of the seafood, veggies, tofu, and rice cake, if using. Cook until heated well.

Ladle soup in individual bowls and serve. Add hot sauces to liking.

Tomorrow, I will post blog links with wonderful Korean foods.


  1. Wow! All the ingredients are so beautiful!

  2. This is such a fabulous dish. Gorgeous!

  3. Hi Kay,

    Diner was delicious last night at church. I loved the salad dressing! Mathew had seconds on the sweet potatoes!

  4. Thank you, Haley and Jessica!
    @Jeanne, so happy you and your family joined the church yesterday!!

  5. wow that looks amazing. I bet it tastes soooo good.


  6. This looks so good. I am looking forward to what comes next!! :)

  7. Kay - The soup looks absolutely amazing! I like the idea of mother and daughter being neighbors too. I am going to tell my daughter about it.

  8. Wow, this soup looks so yummie, with all the the seafood that I like...what a great meal. Have a great week ahead Kay :-)

  9. Oh yay! I'm so excited to see some of your family's recipes. Beautiful colors--and now I'm hungry for some fish cake! hehe :)

  10. That looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Catherine EdmondsMay 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Kay, How can I get an invitation to your Mom's Bible study???? :) I love that you are neighbors and cook together. I hope my mother and I can do that one day.

  12. I just wanted to tell you ...that your photo's are so clear and perfect! Wow! *Just like you! :)

  13. You sweet friends, you!

    @Hyosun, I am programming my teenage daughter to do the same!
    @Erica, I figured you like this!
    @Catherine, the bible study is conducted in Korean, OK with that? ;)
    @Sparky Larky,don't tell that to my kids, they will disagree.

  14. This sounds wonderful Kay, I love that your mom is going strong & dishing up such awesome food for her guests. Now that's hospitality :)

  15. This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  16. Wow! Your mother knows how to serve a crowd! All that food looks so delicious!

  17. I have never had Korean food. Looks so yummy! I want to try it soon!