Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

Leah Stacey


I love Asian Cuisine one of my favorites would be Thai food. When ever I go out to eat at a Thai restaurant the first thing I order is their Coconut curry soup (Tom Ka Kung). The best I ever had was at a restaurant in Johnson City TN where I use to live called Tomy Thai. Theirs was spicy and sweet. Nothing else compares. I tried my best to come up with one that is similar but I think they must have some kind of magical powder they use in theirs. I did my best. It taste great! I hope you enjoy it too!


★★★★★ 2 votes

about 6
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    med-size raw shrimp (36/40count) peeled and devained
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated fresh ginger
  • 4
    garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp
    olive oil
  • 4 c
    vegetable broth
  • 1 can(s)
    coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp
    lemongrass paste
  • 1/4 c
    cream of coconut
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 3 tsp
    red curry paste
  • 1 pinch
    of salt
  • 1
    8 oz pack of sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium
    size red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 c
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 c
    sliced green onions
  • 1
    thai chili pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

How to Make Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup


  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Saute' ginger and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, oyster sauce,cream of coconut, brown sugar, lime juice, lemongrass paste and curry paste. Mix well. Bring this mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Add the mushrooms and bell pepper and cook, mixing often for about 5 minutes till crisp-tender.
  3. Add shrimp and cook about 2 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat. Add basil, green onions and cilantro. For extra heat add 1 chopped Thai chile pepper.
  4. TIPS: Feel free to add any extras you want to this soup. The flavor is great! If you are not a shrimp person you can always add chicken instead.

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About Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

Course/Dish: Fish Soups
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Thai
Hashtags: #sweet #shrimp #spicy

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