Authentic Thai Coconut Soup


This authentic Thai coconut soup is for food lovers. If you have all the ingredients on hand it's easy to put together and makes the perfect comfort food. If not, it only takes one trip to the market. It's so versatile you can make it vegetarian or substitute chicken for shrimp. Enjoy!

close up view of Thai Coconut Soup garnished with red pepper and green onions in a white bowl
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 pound medium shrimp - peeled and deveined

  • 2 (13.5 ounce) cans canned coconut milk

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (1 inch) piece galangal, thinly sliced

  • 4 stalks lemon grass, bruised and chopped

  • 10 makrut lime leaves, torn in half

  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1 tablespoon green onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Boil shrimp until cooked, about 1 minute. Drain shrimp and set aside.

  2. Pour coconut milk and 2 cups water into a large saucepan; bring to a simmer. Add galangal, lemongrass, and lime leaves; simmer until flavors are infused about 10 minutes.

  3. Strain coconut milk into a separate pan and discard spices. Simmer shiitake mushrooms in coconut milk for 5 minutes. Stir in lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Season to taste with curry powder.

  4. To serve, reheat shrimp in soup and ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with green onion and red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

314 Calories
22g Fat
17g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 314
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 523mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 438mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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