For some unknown reason, we tend to get A LOT of interest with the seaweed-based articles we have published here in the past – so we thought we’d ride that wave a bit and offer you a simple seaweed soup recipe that we were introduced to about a month back.
Now, regulars to this site will already know that we only ever showcase newbie-friendly recipes here…because I’m not the greatest cook to walk this planet (Shock! Horror!).
So, do you fancy learning more about this diverse yet tasty soup?
Cool – let’s take a closer look…
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Seaweed Soup Recipes
So, why seaweed?
Why don’t we make a soup outta chicken and be done with it?
Why are we opting to go for this bogey-looking sea material?
Well, apart from the fact that seaweed is pretty darn tasty (when prepared the right way!), it also contains a number of benefits…
- Seaweed is pretty awesome when it comes to your digestive health. Apparently it can strengthen gut mucus and slow down the digestion process, so the food releases it’s energy at at a much slower pace.
- It is really low in calories and instead packed with nutrients. We are unable to farm the sea, so seaweed will see a sustained exposure to minerals.
- Seaweed is known to have heavy-duty detox properties and is great at mopping up certain toxins within your system.
- It makes a super-magical illness potion. Well, not exactly super-magic…but in Ireland and the Caribbean, seaweed-based drinks are consumed when one is under the weather, and needing a natural ‘pick me up’!
Okay, I could go on and on here…but you kinda get the picture already…
Seaweed pretty much rocks from a health point of view.
Now let’s get back to creating that seaweed soup…
Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe
Before we start, I should point out that this recipe is set up for Korean-style (brown) seaweed soup. It’s a big thing in Asia as many women believe it is the perfect soup to eat after they have given birth (it’s regarded as a ‘birth food’).
Korean women believe that the seaweed helps them produce quality milk for their newborn babies.
Ingredients For 4 Servings:
- 30g dried (brown) seaweed
- 1 dessertspoon of sesame oil
- 100g very thinly sliced fillet steak
- 4 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon very finely chopped garlic
- 1 1/2 litres (2.5 pints) of cold water
Okay – so you’ve got all the ingredients in order…how do we cook up this bad boy?
Well, it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare, and is ready in about 30 minutes (those of you that are good at maths will note that this is a 40 minute recipe!).
- Soak seaweed in water until it becomes nice and soft, then drain it off and cut up into pieces about 3cm long
- In a medium pot, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add beef, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Fry for one minute.
- Add seaweed, remaining soy sauce and stir-fry gently again for another minute.
- Pour in enough water to cover ingredients; bring to a boil.
- When it is boiling, add garlic and rest of water.
- Simmer for half and hour, then serve!
The Ultimate Newbie’s Seaweed Soup
There – that wasn’t too hard was it?
The perfect recipe for newbies looking to cook up a bit of (health conscious) seaweed soup.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this recipe – did you make any changes to it? Did you add that ‘something special’ that you would like to share with us here?
Do you have any seaweed soup recipes that you feel are better than this one?
If so, we would love to hear from you – please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.