Coconut Shrimp Soup

If I had to make a list of my all-time favorite things to eat, soup, shrimp and coconut would be right there at the top of the list. Okay, so they would be after bacon, but still right there near the top. Okay, maybe behind chocolate too — but still at the very head of the class.

So this speedy little soup is a great favorite of mine. It combines shrimp and coconut milk with angel hair pasta and carrots and it all comes together in a delicious, rich-tasting mixture that is part soup, part stew, and totally wonderful. I like to sprinkle some flaked coconut on top each serving – it gives it a little of that sweet and salty kick that I am so hopelessly addicted to. It’s like a little taste of the tropics, right here in the middle of snowy, cold, snowy, windy, snowy February. (Did I mention that we had some snow?)

Go warm up with some nice hot coconut shrimp soup.

Adapted from Everyday Foods 


Coconut Shrimp Soup
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 pound (6 to 8 medium) carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces angel-hair pasta
  • 1½ pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Flaked coconut for garnish
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add ginger, garlic, and pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots, coconut milk, and 3 cups water. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water until smooth; add to pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Break pasta in half; add to pot. Return to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until pasta is al dente and carrots are just tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add shrimp; stir until opaque, about 1 minute. Remove pot from heat, and stir in lime juice; season with salt. Ladle into serving bowls, and garnish with scallions and flaked coconut.


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  1. Erin says

    Been lurking for some time and this is the first recipe I've given a try as a happened to have most of the ingredients on hand. My tweaks? Sub'd 1/2 jalepeno with seeds for red pepper (I like it hot!), upped it to 3 cloves garlic (I also love garlic), light instead of full-fat coconut milk and had no scallions so used cilantro.

    I very much enjoyed the finished product but felt like *something* was missing. I attribute this to my light coconut milk and use of water resulting in a less flavorful base. The recipe is a keeper, but I think next time – while I'll keep the light CM – I'll use chicken or seafood stock for a richer soup.

    so…I say 4 out of 5 stars for the soup. But 5 out of 5 for the dog!

  2. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    Erin: thanks for the feedback and let me know how it goes next time! I will try with chicken broth too, great suggestion.

  3. Viagra Online says

    what a delicious recipe, I love anything food that come from the sea, but the shrimp is like my kryptonite, shrimp cocktail, shrimp soup, shrimp sandwich, hey!!! I sound like Bubba from Forest Gump.

  4. Deborah Chapman says

    i made this soup just as the recipe statted and it really is a delicious soup. My problem with this soup is if you are using the liquid from the pasta then why would you have to add a thickening agent, Argo starch there is enough starch from the thin pasta liquid. I did not have Argo starch but used arrowroot in place of and to tell you the truth my soup was more like a pasta dish instead of a soup. I will make again but will drain my water from the pasta saving a cup of the pasta water. The green scallions is what makes this soup over the top along with the coconut milk. I wanted my soup to be light and airy but it was too heavy like a pasta dish. Overall loved this dish will let you know how it turns out…I

    • Kate says

      Thanks Deborah! I would love to know how your version with the pasta liquid comes out – there’s always ways to make a recipe better! Thanks for sharing.

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