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Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew)

Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew) is a wonderfully hearty kimchi stew that has become really popular since its creation after the Korean war. Even if you don't like spam, this is a MUST-TRY EASY dish that is just too delicious not to eat.

Course Stew
Cuisine Korean
Keyword easy, gluten free, hearty, sausage, spam
KoreanCategory Jjigae (찌게)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 248 kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 4 cups cabbage kimchi sliced
  • 1/2 can SPAM (sliced)
  • 2 hot dog sausages (sliced)
  • 4 oz ground pork
  • 4-6 oz extra firm tofu (sliced)
  • 1 green onion (sliced)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 1 Tbs chopped garlic
  • 2/3 cups rice cake slices (optional)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 Tbs gochujang (Korean red chili paste)


  1. Prepare ingredients by washing, cutting, and slicing.

  2. Get a pot or skillet with a cover and first layer Kimchi at the bottom and then the remaining ingredients on top except for the garlic. Pour water, cover and start cooking on med high heat until it starts to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 min.

  3. Add the chopped garlic and simmer for another 10 min or so. Taste the broth and adjust if necessary. If it’s too sour, add a little bit of sugar. For more spicy or stronger flavor, add more gochujang and garlic.

Recipe Notes

*** The calorie count does NOT include rice cakes (tteok). Sodium level is quite high for this dish but if you are not going to drink all the liquid, it will be less. Use low sodium spam and sausages to reduce salt level. You can also substitute some kimchi with fresh napa cabbages to reduce the seasoning level.

Nutrition Facts
Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 610mg27%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 2.8mg3%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.