Mouth-Healthy Recipe: Kimchi Soup

bowl of kimchi soup

Bring a tasty new kick to soup season with this spicy Korean concoction. Kimchi soup is sure to warm you up and keep you full this winter. While it’s packed with healthy ingredients, it’s best known for being a great source of probiotics, which may have beneficial effects on oral health.

Dental probiotics, just like the kind of probiotics used to boost digestive health, help balance the amount of good and bad bacteria in your mouth. In fact, oral probiotics may help with bad breath, gum disease and other dental health problems.

Crank up your week night dinner rotation and give this kimchi soup recipe a try for a healthy meal that’s anything but boring! 


  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup scallions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 32 ounces unsalted chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (red chili paste)
  • 7 ounces tofu, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups kimchi
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 1 red chili pepper, sliced 


  1. Heat sesame oil in a large pot over medium-heat.
  2. Add scallions, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add broth, soy sauce, and gochujang. Bring soup to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add tofu and kimchi. Stir once and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Top with jalapeño and red chili pepper slices.
  6. Enjoy! 

And if you love spice, check out these other blogs about the oral health benefits of spice on your smile!

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