Homemade Tom Yum Soup


This homemade hot and sour soup (tom yum) is easier than most recipes you will find. I have simplified a sometimes complex recipe for those like me who can have a hard time finding some of the original ingredients. This is my favorite recipe, better than any tom yum in the many restaurants I have been to.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 pound raw shrimp, unpeeled and deveined

  • 4 limes, juiced with pulp

  • 4 Thai chile peppers, quartered (Optional)

  • 2 stalks lemongrass, quartered

  • 2 tablespoons tom yum paste

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chile sauce

  • 4 (1/4 inch thick) slices fresh ginger root

  • 6 baby bella mushrooms, sliced

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Combine vegetable broth and shrimp in a pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a low boil for 10 minutes, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove shrimp from the broth and remove and discard shells; set shrimp aside.

  2. Add lime juice, lime pulp, chile peppers, lemon grass, tom yum paste, fish sauce, sugar, chile sauce, and ginger slices to the broth; cook for 10 minutes. Remove chile peppers, lemongrass, and ginger slices with a slotted spoon and discard. Add cooked shrimp and remove from the heat.

  3. Ladle soup into bowls and top with mushroom slices and green onions.

Cook's Note:

Regular white mushrooms can be used in place of baby bellas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

146 Calories
2g Fat
18g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 146
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 1009mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 89mg 443%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 470mg 10%

* 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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