Thai Shrimp Coconut Soup

How to make Thai Shrimp Coconut Soup


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

1 stalk lemongrass, minced

2 teaspoons red curry paste

4 cups chicken broth

3 tablespoons fish sauce

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

3 (13.5 ounce) cans coconut milk

1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 pound medium shrimp – peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Salt to taste

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped green onions


Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir ginger, lemongrass, and curry paste in the heated oil for 1 minute.

Slowly pour the chicken broth over the mixture, stirring continually. Stir in fish sauce and brown sugar; simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in the coconut milk and mushrooms; cook and stir until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes.

Add shrimp; cook until no longer translucent, about 5 minutes.

Stir in lime juice; season with salt; garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 350 kcal | Total Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1200mg | Total Carbohydrates: 15g | Dietary Fiber: 2g | Sugars: 6g | Protein: 18g | Vitamin A: 10% | Vitamin C: 20% | Calcium: 8% | Iron: 15%

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use other types of mushrooms in this soup?

Yes, you can substitute shiitake mushrooms with other varieties like button mushrooms or oyster mushrooms.

Is there a substitute for lemongrass if I can’t find it fresh?

In a pinch, you can use lemongrass paste or dried lemongrass.

Adjust the quantity based on taste.

What does fish sauce add to the soup, and can it be omitted?

Fish sauce adds a savory, umami flavor.

If unavailable, you can substitute with soy sauce, but the taste will be different.

Can I use frozen shrimp instead of fresh ones?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp.

Ensure they are thawed and peeled before adding to the soup.

Is it necessary to use light brown sugar, or can I use other sweeteners?

You can use other sweeteners like palm sugar or white sugar, adjusting the quantity based on your preference.

How spicy is the soup with red curry paste?

Red curry paste adds heat. Adjust the quantity based on your spice preference.

You can start with a smaller amount and add more if needed.

Can I make this soup ahead of time?

Yes, the flavors often intensify if the soup is allowed to sit for a while.

Reheat gently before serving.

What can I serve with Thai Shrimp Coconut Soup?

It pairs well with steamed jasmine rice or rice noodles on the side.

How should I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk?

Yes, you can use coconut cream, but it might result in a richer and creamier soup.

Adjust the quantity based on your preference.

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