Have you made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier in 2016? Or maybe commit to eating less of certain foods or more of others? With my late October birthday I traditionally indulge in my favorite foods (hello triple cream Cambozola cheese and Banana Rum ice cream) beginning then and through the New Year. Every January 2nd I do try to eat healthier and this year is no different.

For the most part this type of thinking can actually work. Part of my renewed commitment to eat better means eating less dessert (Um, yes… cheese is a dessert to me) and eating more vegetables… a lot more. When mentally figuring out what exactly this meant for me I also knew what it didn’t mean: salads every day.

Recently I invited a friend over for lunch. Knowing she was coming from the gym I took it upon myself to prepare a healthy lunch that felt comforting yet memorable. What I have for you today is a wonderful Thai Vegetable Shrimp Soup.

I used a variety of vegetables of different textures and colors. I purposely cut most of them in thin strips because I had this light bulb moment: “What if I place small handfuls of all these vegetables in a bowl, and then pour hot soup broth over them?” I knew the heat of the soup would partially wilt and soften most of the vegetables, but what I didn’t expect is how wonderful the flavor and texture of the vegetables would be. Retaining their colors, flavor, and most of the texture, the soup was perfect. I topped it off with a small handful of shrimp because I love shrimp and curry together, but they can be easily omitted.



Recipe: Thai Vegetable Shrimp Curry Soup

  • Prep Time: 15 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 10 min(s)
  • Total Time: 25 min(s)
  • Servings: 4

A healthy Thai curry soup featuring lots of vegetables and shrimp.


    1 bell pepper, thinly sliced into strips

    2 medium zucchinis, julienned into noodles

    2 carrots, julienned

    4 baby bok choy, cut in half length wise

    2 cups mung bean sprouts

    1 cup cilantro

    8 ounces cooked shrimp

    6 cups chicken broth (vegetarian broth works too)

    2 tablespoons red curry paste

    1 15-ounce can coconut milk

    1 tablespoon fish sauce

    1 long stalk lemon-grass cut into small pieces

    1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

    2 kaffir lime leaves

    1 lime, quartered


    Divide all the vegetables, cilantro, sprouts, and shrimp between four bowls.

    Add the broth, curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, lemon-grass, ginger, and kaffir lime leaves to a soup pot. Bring the soup to a boil making sure to stir the curry paste until dissolved. Reduce the heat to a low simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the kaffir lime leaves and lemon-grass.

    Evenly pour the broth over each bowl of vegetables and shrimp. Add a lime wedge to each bowl. Serve immediately.

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  • Randall Billington

    Thanks for helping spread the word about the versatility of Thai curry pastes. The green curry paste is also nice, especially with fish filets. Appropriately, one sees cilantro in the bowl in the photo, but it was not mentioned in the recipe as a finishing garnish. You may wish to add it. Fresh basil leaves also make a nice optional addition. Finally, chili paste, or chili garlic paste, can be offered as a pleasant additional garnish for those who like more heat.

    Since the stated goal of this dish is to prepare something healthy, one might consider using light coconut milk in place or regular coconut milk. This will make a considerable difference in both calories and fat content.

    While this is meant to be a “quick and easy” dish, the flavor of the lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves will not be fully extracted into the broth in just five minutes. One useful idea if you’ve fallen in love with Thai cooking is to keep a supply of chicken broth in the fridge that you have already infused with lemon grass and kaffir lime leave by cooking them in the broth in advance for 30 minutes or so.