Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp // wishfulchef.comIf you’re feeling a bit under the weather like so many people this time of year, a comforting hot soup always helps. I usually make a simple chicken noodle soup, but wanted to try something new. I ended up with a creamy coconut soup, similar to the Thai classic Tom Ka Gai. So if you’ve always wanted to taste this iconic Thai dish, try out this quick alternative!

The bright yellow-orange hue comes from the turmeric, perfect to brighten up a cold day. The flavors in this soup are so well balanced by the creamy coconut milk and tart lime juice. Instead of salt, I prefer using Thai fish sauce, but no worries if you want to stick to regular salt.

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp // wishfulchef.com

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp // wishfulchef.com

Thinly slice ginger, then mince garlic and shallot.

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp // wishfulchef.com

Saute shallot, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Add coconut milk, then stir in shrimp, seasonings and lime juice.

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp // wishfulchef.com

To serve, top with sliced scallions.

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp // wishfulchef.com

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp // wishfulchef.com

Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 4-6 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce or salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • scallions, for garnish (optional)
  • In a small pot, add oil and saute shallot, garlic and ginger for 2-3 minutes. Stir in turmeric and cook for a minute. Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer, then add shrimp, fish sauce (or salt) and white pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked.

    Turn heat off and stir in lime juice. Garnish with scallions.

    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Yield: makes 2 servings
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    10 Responses to “Easy Coconut Soup with Shrimp”

    1. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) January 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

      That is easy and looks amazing. I made a huge pot of “flu fighting stock” yesterday and plan to make a coconut milk soup with it for dinner. Perfect for this cold weather!

      • Barb January 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

        Thank you, Alyssa! It’s a great alternative to the Thai soup, Tom Ka Gai, one of my favorites. Have fun making the coconut milk soup! Tonight I’m probably going to make a quick ‘flu defense’ soup as well ;)

    2. Diana January 17, 2013 at 11:10 am #

      Mmm, seems so comforting and nourishing. I like that it’s a SE-Asian style but not spicy, which is so needed when you have a cold or the flu. :)

      • Barb January 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

        Yeah, I also like that it’s not spicy, perfect for curling up on the couch. But you can definitely add some chili if you want!

    3. Allie {Urban Feast} January 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      I’ve been experimenting with coconut and shrimp lately and this recipe looks delicious! Love that it’s not spicy as well.

      • Barb January 21, 2013 at 11:26 am #

        Thank you, Allie! Let me know how it turns out for you.

    4. Dyepotgirl February 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you so much for a great recipe!!! I just made this for son and I for lunch. Wow! I made sure that I used really good coconut milk and it made this soup sublime. This is now one of my favorite soup recipes.

      • Barb February 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

        Wonderful! I’m so happy you and your son enjoyed this soup :)

    5. Ida Larson January 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

      Hi Barb,

      I often enjoy your recipes, but sadly neglect to tell you how much I enjoy them. I very much enjoy the way with which you seem to simplify dishes, yet capture all the flavor I hope for. I constantly watch my weight, but try to do so without denying myself anything. Sometimes just a bite or two will satisfy, if it is high fat or high calorie. Your cooking doesn’t restrict me and is highly flavorful which is exactly what I like to eat!

      Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

      • Barb January 4, 2014 at 4:50 am #

        Hi Ida – Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying the recipes. It means a lot to hear that and I appreciate you taking the time to write this nice comment :)

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