Thai Tom Yum Soup
Tom Yum Soup is a spicy Thai soup. It’s a quick soup that will only take about 15 minutes of preparation and 15 minutes of cooking time. It’s great to make when you get home late from work, but want a meal that looks like you slaved for hours!
husband caught his limit of 15 razor clams recently. He is our resident seafood chef, so decided to try his hand at making this soup using his fresh clams.
Any seafood that you have on hand will work though! We looked at many recipes
and chose the ingredients that we thought we would like best and experimented.
Ingredients in Tom Yum Soup
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 2 stalk lemon grass (chop the lower 1/3 of the stalk)
- 2 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 to 4 small finely chopped red chilies (I used Serrano
- 6 cloves minced garlic
- 8 oz shitake sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 sliced green pepper
- 1 sliced red pepper
- 8 razor clams or 24 to 28 medium to large shrimp (approx. 2
- 4 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 can coconut milk (shake well to mix in the can) (Add more
if you like it creamier or to reduce the spices)
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1 bunch fresh cilantro finely chopped (garnish)
- Lime wedges (garnish)
- Optional vegetables/herbs are: 1 cup Broccoli, 2 cups Baby
Bok Choy, handful of fresh basil
Directions for Tom Yum Soup
- Add chicken broth to a soup pot and heat on medium high.
- Add the chopped lemon grass and also the parts of the upper
stalk that you did not mince. Boil for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Reduce the heat and bring to a simmer. Add garlic, chili,
lime zest, and the mushrooms to the broth. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add shrimp or clams, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes,
(broccoli, baby bok choy and basil if using). Simmer 5 to 6 minutes until
seafood and vegetables are done.
- Reduce the heat to low and add ½ can of coconut juice, fish
sauce and lime. Taste. Add more chili or fish sauce if desired. If it is too
sour for your taste, add 1 tsp brown sugar. If it is too salty, add a bit more
- Add extra coconut milk if you prefer creamier soup or it is
- Serve in bowls with fresh cilantro sprinkled on top and with
a lime wedge!
We are not
Thai food experts, but the soup tasted great to us. He did use two limes and I
thought it was a bit too sour. I would use one lime and serve extra lime wedges
on the side. Also next time I would add broccoli, baby bok choy, and basil, because I love healthy recipes and we just prefer more vegetables in our meals! This was a really flavorful healthy soup recipe though,
and something completely different than we usually make. Tom Yum soup is sure
to be a winner on cold nights when you need a bit of spice to warm you up. I
would serve it with a salad and chunk of artisan bread. Enjoy!
also substitute tofu for the seafood, change the fish sauce to soy sauce, and
use vegetable broth for a vegetarian/vegan option.
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