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Thai Coconut Green Curry Seafood Soup

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Thai Coconut Green Curry Seafood Soup Recipe


It was a trip to Thailand where I first fell in love with Southeast Asian soups. My favorite part of the street food was the Thai soups.

God how I loved them.

The tom yum, tom kha, and all varieties of hot and sour soups, the red curries, the green curries, the sweet yellow (also called massaman) curries, all swimming in scents of fresh lemongrass, ginger, Thai basil, and fish sauce.

Because they were made fresh every day with local ingredients, no two bowls of soup ever tasted the same. And because of that every meal for the entire four months of my trip had a little tinge of excitement. “What is THIS ONE going to taste like?” I would think to myself while waiting in eager anticipation for the meal to arrive.

And this Thai coconut green curry seafood soup was one of my favorites. Now there are a kazillion variations depending on where you are in the country and what’s in season. Even here in America, you’ll see some version of it on almost every menu in every Thai restaurant.

This recipe is also included in my new book, Fearless Broths and Soups, many of which are Asian-themed.  It is part of the “Soups from the Sea” chapter which features soups made with fish broth.  What I strive to do with all the recipes is to show you how you can improvise different variations depending on what you like.

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Some Recipe Tips

And this recipe is ripe for variation!

Any type of seafood can be used. Use whatever you want.

Similarly, play around with the ratio of fish broth to coconut milk. I find a 1:1 ratio is pretty good but sometimes prefer more of a coconut flavor and I’ll add less fish broth.  Sometimes you need to experiment to find what you like!

Finally, just a warning. Green curry is often very spicy so add only a small amount to start.  Adding a little organic sugar at the end can help balance the spice.  You can also substitute another less spicy Thai curry such as a red curry paste or a yellow curry paste.  Most American health food stores now carry a few types of Thai curry pastes such as Thai Kitchen and Maesri.

More Thai Soup Recipes to Try

Thai Coconut Green Curry Seafood Soup Recipe

Thai Coconut Green Curry Seafood Soup Recipe

Thai Coconut Green Curry Seafood Soup Recipe

A simple blend of Thai green curry paste, coconut milk, veggies and seafood, seasoned with fish sauce, lime juice and herbs. 
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CourseMain Course, Soup
CuisineThai
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings4 servings
Calories673kcal
AuthorCraig Fear
Cost$35

Ingredients

  • 1 quart fish stock
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and halved or cut into thirds
  • 1 pound whitefish cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2-3 inch piece ginger chopped fine
  • 1 stalk lemongrass upper half removed, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 2-3 tsps Thai green curry paste
  • 2-3 tsps coconut sugar or organic cane sugar, optional
  • Fish sauce or soy sauce, to taste
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  • Saute garlic, ginger and lemongrass in coconut oil for a few minutes
  • Add coconut milk and fish broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove about ½ cup of liquid and mix in curry paste. Start with a small amount, about a teaspoon, mix back into soup and taste. If more spice is desired, add more curry paste in same manner. Once you have your desired spiciness, do the same thing with the sugar, adding it in slowly to get your desired sweetness.
  • Add red pepper, shrimp and fish and simmer until shrimp and fish is cooked. Season to taste with lime, cilantro and fish sauce or soy sauce.

Notes

1. If you’re unfamiliar with lemongrass, it’s a tropical plant with a lemony scent and flavor that is very common in southeast Asian cuisine. Don’t eat it! It’s just added for flavor. Strain out the pieces or just pick them out as you go (which is what I do). Many stores in America now carry it.
 
2. Use any seafood you like with, or in place of, shrimp and fish.
 
3. Add in some broccoli florets or string beans with the red peppers. If you like the red peppers more cooked, add them in step 1. I prefer more of a crunch and prefer to add them in step 3.
 
4. Add rice noodles and make it an Asian noodle soup.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups (1 bowl) | Calories: 673kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 239mg | Sodium: 977mg | Potassium: 1367mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1329IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 9mg


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About the Author

Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.

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