Kimchi Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

Ready for a super quick and easy 25 minute dinner? This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto kimchi soup is about to be a new favorite! It’s quick to throw together with only seven ingredients and full of flavor for a great weeknight meal. 

Bowls of kimchi soup with ground pork and topped with chopped green onion.

Try Different Brands Of Kimchi

Depending on the brand of kimchi you use, you can really alter the flavor of this soup. Some kimchi is spicier than others, while some have just green cabbage and others have more veggies added in. Also, double check the ingredients especially if you’re doing a Whole30. Some have added sugar. A few brands we’ve tried and enjoyed are Wildbrine (this one is a bit spicier), Firefly Kitchens (this one is pretty mild) and Farmhouse Culture (note this one has date sugar). 

Bowl of kimchi soup with ground pork, topped with chopped green onion.

Protein Options

We created this easy kimchi soup using ground pork, and we love how the extra fat gives this soup a little more flavor and depth. That said, you could also use ground chicken or turkey as well and still end up with a tasty soup! Your call! 

Bowls of kimchi soup with ground pork and topped with chopped green onion.

Meal Planning + Prep

We love getting a head start on the upcoming week and typically make a larger meal on Sunday for dinner to have the leftovers in the fridge to re-heat once the week gets busy. The leftovers of this kimchi soup make great lunches to take with you to work. Do note below in the recipe that it’s meant to serve four, so if you’re wanting more than a couple leftover lunches out of it, you might consider doubling the recipe. 

Bowl of kimchi soup with ground pork, topped with chopped green onion.

Some Other Soups To Try

We collaborated with some of our favorite Paleo + Whole30 bloggers to bring you even more Whole30 soups with this post! Click the images below from our friends over at Real Food with Jessica, Mary’s Whole Life, Paleo Running Momma and Wholesomelicious!

Your Turn To Try Our Kimchi Soup

Got a busy weeknight coming up? Or want to meal prep some lunches to take to work? Make this kimchi soup! It’s super quick and easy to make, just 25 minutes! Leave a comment below to let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram! Tag us @realsimplegood so we can see, and then give us a follow if you don’t already! We’d love to stay connected! 

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Kimchi Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

4.07 from 29 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 325kcal
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto kimchi soup is an easy 25 minute dinner recipe! It's super quick to throw together and full of flavor for a great weeknight meal. It's also a great meal prep recipe for lunches to pack and take to work. 
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  • 1 lb ground pork (can sub leftover pulled pork)
  • 4 green onions, diced (the white and green parts are used in separate steps)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated on a microplane
  • 1/2 cup kimchi juice (approximate, just use whatever you can drain from the jar)
  • 2 cups kimchi (drained and roughly chopped)
  • 4 cups beef broth


  • Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add pork. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is almost cooked through, about 6-7 minutes.
  • While the pork is cooking, prepare the onions, garlic, ginger and kimchi as noted.
  • When the pork is almost browned, add in the white part of the green onions, garlic and ginger. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add the kimchi, kimchi juice and beef broth and bring the pot to a low boil. Turn heat down and simmer for 10 minutes. 
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with diced green onion. Serve and enjoy.


Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Fiber: 2g
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16 thoughts on “Kimchi Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

  • This recipe is great in concept, however, boiling kimchi will kill all the amazing gut-friendly bacteria inherently present in it and radically diminish its flavor. To preserve the flavor and live enzymes, prepare the soup as directed, reserving the kimchi, then remove the soup from the heat and only add the kimchi after it has cooled off a lot. I’m not saying that you have to wait until it’s cold, but keep in mind that the hotter it is, the more live enzymes you’re going to kill, which is the main reason kimchi is such an awesome food in the first place. Cheers!

  • I am looking forward to making this tomorrow! However, I couldn’t find ground pork so i bought a pork tenderloin. I was going to put that in the slow cooker in the morning and shred it. I am sure that will be just as good right?? Thanks!!!

  • I made this soup tonight and while I agree that boiling the kimchi destroys its health benefit, I see the the taste value as well. I added it late after boiling and I did add extra cabbage for a heartier soup. This was a delicious recipe and I will make it again. If your looking for full kimchi probiotic value…. grab two containers at the store and eat one cold…I snacked on some raw while cooking and it made me only want the soup more. 🙂

  • I buy Mother-In-Law’s kimchi as I think it’s the best, however, it has no juice! I’m hoping it’s spiciness and funkiness will be plenty for the flavor of the soup without juice.

  • Made this tonight and it was awesome. I did add a whole yellow onion diced and a cup of mushrooms. I sautéed them with the meat and it was delicious. Will definitely become a regular while I am on Whole 30.

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