Doenjang Jjigae (Soybean Paste Stew)

One of my favorite comforts is doenjang jjigae or Korean soybean paste stew because it reminds me of home so much! This is a classic Korean stew that’s rich and savory, a little spicy, packed with a ton of veggies, and delicious with a bowl of rice.

My mom would make me doenjang jjigae at least once a week with a variety of vegetables each time. It’s definitely something I crave and make when I miss my mom’s cooking.

This stew is great for days where you want to clean out the fridge. Any veggies will work for this but my favorite ingredient is potatoes! Potatoes are essential because they help thicken the stew but you could always omit it if you don’t have any. Customization is the best thing about cooking and doenjang jjigae is one of those recipes that allow you to embrace it.

Doenjang Jjigae (Soybean Paste Stew)

Servings 2 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins


Anchovy Broth

  • 6-8 dried anchovies innards removed
  • 4 dried kelp
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3 cups water

Main Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbsp doenjang Korean fermented soybean paste
  • 1 tsp gochujang Korean red pepper paste
  • 1/2 tbsp soup soy sauce
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1/2 package enoki mushrooms
  • 1/2 block of tofu preferably firm
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 long green pepper sliced
  • 2 scallions chopped for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • To make the anchovy broth, bring water to a boil and add dried anchovies, dried kelp, and onion. Boil for 10-15 minutes and strain.
  • Chop the potato, onion, zucchini, and tofu into bite sized pieces.
  • Pour the anchovy broth into a ddukbaegi or pot and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes and onions and cook until the potatoes are tender. Toss in the zucchini, enoki mushrooms, minced garlic and any other vegetables you like.
  • Once the stew comes to a boil, add the doenjang and gochujang. Mix well until the pastes have dissolved completely. Add soup soy sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • When you're happy with the seasoning, add the peppers and tofu. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with scallions and serve with a bowl of rice.
  • Enjoy!!


  1. Feel free to use any vegetables you like including radish, leeks, mushrooms, carrots, and more!
  2. You can use any tofu you like however, I prefer firm tofu. 
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Korean

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