Luscious Seafood Soup

If the words ‘luscious’ and ‘seafood’ appeal to you, you’ll love my spin on this dish, which sounds really rich but is actually quite healthful. This Thai Curry Seafood Soup is an absolute favorite. It originated from a 2009 Bon Appetit Magazine and has evolved into something different. I just adore it when I love a recipe so much that I keep the dog-eared magazine around for decades, with all of my notes and changes; it feels like an old friend that comes to visit.

I love using shrimp, mussels and scallops. I start by making a lovely sauce with onions, cilantro, curry paste, coconut milk, chilis and lime. Then I add carrots and a leafy green. Layer in the seafood and simmer. It’s quite delicious over white rice, although we skipped rice altogether and were still completely satisfied. If you’re a bread eater, you’ll find it delightful to toast a hunk to dip in the sauce. This is an absolute must-do, and my version is paleo and gluten free.

Luscious Seafood Soup

  • 2 Tbsp oil, sunflower or any flavorless oil
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped (reserve one for later)
  • 3 Tbsp cilantro, minced and divided into 2 parts
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1-2 cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 small red chilis
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves (if you can find them), or:
  • 1-2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce (or coconut aminos if you can’t have fish sauce)
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups green or red chard, or bok choy, thinly sliced
  • 3 lbs seafood (typically I use mussels, shrimp (peeled and deveined), and scallops, but use your favorites)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, minced
  • 1 tsp salt

Heat oil and sauté the green onions, cilantro and garlic for about two minutes. Dissolve the curry paste in 3/4 cup warm chicken stock and add to pan. Then add 1-1/4 cups water, 1 can coconut milk (shake well with the top on before adding), add the lime leaves or lime (to taste) and fish sauce then bring to a simmer (if you are not using fish sauce, then add the salt). At this point, you can add more chicken broth and/or coconut milk, depending on how brothy you like it. I probably add another can of coconut milk and another cup of chicken broth. Then add carrots and cook for a couple of minutes. Layer in all of the seafood and the greens. Cook for about five more minutes until the mussels are open and the seafood is gently cooked. Throw away any mussels that don’t open. Mix in the remaining cilantro, basil and one green onion.

Delicious with crunchy bread, or lovely served over rice, but if you’re not doing carbs, it’s great on its own.

24 thoughts on “Luscious Seafood Soup

  1. Gorgeous photo…the recipe sounds delicious!

    1. Thanks! It’s great…you should try it!

  2. This recipe looks fantastic Teri! I am definitely going to try it. 🙂

    1. Thanks Fallon. it’s easy and so totally delicious. There’s a little bit of prep but it’s easy enough to do before the meal and then essentially fire it up

  3. How large can of coconut milk? 200ml or more?

  4. Trader Joe’s has a seafood mix that’s perfect for this!

    1. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing !

  5. How many people would this recipe feed?

    1. Depends on your eaters, usually I find this serves 4 people.

  6. When should I add the red chili and how do you cut it? Looks great! I’m going to make it tonight!

    1. I ended up using a cayanne pepper because that was all that they had at the grocery store. Worked out great, I just threw them in right at the beginning, but I think it would have been better with Thai sweet chilis as a garnish. Oh well. This was a great dish, full of flavor! Thank you!

  7. This was truly amazing. I subbed parsley for cilantro and 1 jalapeno for the red chilis. Teri, where should we add the hot pepper? It’s listed in the ingredients list but not the instructions. I threw it in with the coconut milk and chx stock and it turned out beautifully.

  8. I love seafood which is what initially drew me to this recipe. When I decided to make this soup myself, however, I found that I am a bit apprehensive about preparing seafood myself, so I made some modifications. I diced up a pound of chicken and a pound of shrimp. The results were phenomenal. I added the chicken after the coconut milk and let it cook on low for about 45 minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients.

    Also, I am a sucker for cilantro, so I doubled (probably tripled) the cilantro. This recipe is perfect for Whole30 because the broth is SO luxurious and jam packed full of flavor that the only it leaves you wanting for is another serving….and maybe a straw 😉

    Next time I will go full seafood, but if you are also a bit seafood shy, you do not have to miss out on this fabulous soup.

    1. The seafood is fabulous. Thank you for sharing! try our Portuguese stew, its Whole30 as well ! here is the link

  9. All my favourite foids in one dish!!! Yum!

    1. So glad that you love it!

  10. Terri could we omit red curry paste? would it still have a great flavor without it? Or what could I substitute with?

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