Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 3-4 cups chicken stock (this makes enough soup to serve 2 people)
- 1 stalk lemongrass, lower 1/3 finely minced (for instructions on how to prepare lemongrass, see link)
- 3 kaffir lime leaves (available fresh or frozen at Asian food stores)
- 12-14 medium or large raw shrimp, shelled
- 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 1-2 small red chilies, minced OR 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili (to taste)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- optional: a handful of cherry tomatoes
- generous handful fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
- 1 green and/or red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 can coconut milk (add more or less to taste)
- 1/3 cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped
- optional: additional red chilies, OR Nam Prik Pao Chili Sauce (1-2 tsp.)
- optional: 1 tsp. brown sugar, and a sqeeze of lime juice
- Pour stock into a deep cooking pot and turn heat to medium-high. Add prepared lemongrass to the pot, including upper parts of the stalk you didn't mince. Boil 5 to 6 minutes, or until fragrant.
- Reduce heat slightly to achieve a nice simmer. Add garlic, chili, lime leaves, and mushrooms to broth. Continue simmering for another 5 minutes.
- Add shrimp, bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes (if using). Simmer 5-6 minutes, or until shrimp are pink and plump.
- Turn down the heat to low and add 1/2 can coconut milk plus fish sauce. Test-test the soup for spice and salt, adding more chili and/or fish sauce (instead of salt) as desired. If too sour for your taste, add 1 tsp. brown sugar; if too salty, add a squeeze of lime juice. Add more coconut milk if you want your soup richer/creamier, or if it's too spicy for your taste.
- Serve in bowls with fresh coriander sprinkled over. Enjoy!! (See below for more variations on this recipe.)
- For a vegetarian version, see my Easy Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup Recipe
- For a more traditional Tom Yum Soup (without coconut milk), see: Traditional Tom Yum Soup
- If you prefer chicken over seafood, substitute chicken breast for shrimp (cut the chicken into bite-size pieces).
- Rice noodles can also be added for a delicious noodle-soup version of Tom Yum.