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Thai Red Curry Soup Recipe

Thai Red Curry Soup
It’s Soup Week on Oh My Veggies!

Now, before you get all impressed, you should know that the reason this week is Soup Week is because I’ve spent the past two weeks sick and I haven’t wanted to eat much other than soup. So this is less about me being an amazing, creative food blogger and more about me being having a raging cold. But anyway, Soup Week! Yay!

My favorite local Thai restaurant serves the most delicious Thai Red Curry Soup with their lunch specials. Like most lunch special soups, there’s not much to it–broth and usually 4-5 cubes of tofu, about the same number of sliced mushrooms, and a scant teaspoon of thinly sliced scallions. But that’s okay, because the best part is the broth anyway. It’s a little bit spicy, a tiny bit sweet, and incredibly fragrant from the combination of coconut milk and red curry paste.

Red Curry Paste
I’ve made a soup similar to this with summer veggies and green curry paste in the past, and I thought I could switch out the green curry with red and I’d get something pretty close to the Thai restaurant Red Curry Soup. It was really close, but the missing piece of the puzzle was a little bit of brown sugar. If you choose not to use the brown sugar, this recipe is still good, don’t get me wrong! But the sugar adds just a touch of sweetness that mimics the red curry broth in restaurant soups.

After going through all the work of making this, I realized that, other than the red curry, this is pretty similar to the Coconut Lime Tofu Soup I posted last year. (And I even mentioned the Thai restaurant in that post too.) I blame this on the fact that after staying up three nights in a row with coughing fits, I was operating in a sleep-deprived state. A sleep-deprived state that culminated in me sitting in the dark watching Ice Loves Coco with Miso while waiting for my husband to bring me a Blizzard for dinner. (What?! Miso loves Ice Loves Coco!)

Thai Red Curry Soup
Oh, and that magical touch of brown sugar that I was so proud of coming up with? Yeah, that was from the other recipe too.

But let’s not dwell on that. Let’s dwell instead on the awesomeness that is Thai Red Curry Soup.

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Thai Red Curry Soup

Thai Red Curry Soup Recipe

A sweet, slightly spicy Thai-inspired soup made with mushrooms and cubed tofu.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 c. vegetable broth
  • 1-inch ginger, peeled and cut into slices
  • 8 oz. white mushrooms, sliced
  • 14 oz. firm tofu, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1-13.5 oz. can lite coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. red curry paste
  • 2-3 tsp. brown sugar (optional)
  • sliced green onions, cilantro & basil leaves, and lime wedges for serving

Instructions

  1. Bring broth and ginger to a boil over high heat. Once broth has come to a boil, use a slotted spoon to remove ginger. Add mushrooms and tofu and reduce heat to medium-low; cook about 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are softened.
  2. Stir in coconut milk, curry paste, and brown sugar. Remove from heat and ladle into bowls; serve with green onions, cilantro, basil, and lime wedges.

Notes

You can use just about any vegetables in this soup–sweet potatoes, winter or summer squash, green beans, etc. Whatever is in season! Just adjust the cooking time accordingly. Winter squash and potatoes take a longer time to cook, while greens need less time. Rice noodles are a great addition to this soup too.

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115 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    January 7, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I’ll bet I’d really love that flavor because I LOVE red curry paste!

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    January 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Oh yeah, blame Miso for Ice loves Coco! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      That cat, he loves his reality TV!

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    January 7, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I’ve never made a Thai curry recipe at home – of any kind – and have been mulling it of late. This one looks so simple and easy – I love that! I’m thinking maybe for lunch this week.

    And as far as Ice Loves Coco goes, how could Miso not love it? I mean, hello, that’s a heckuva charismatic bulldog. You can’t look away.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Miso was also really concerned about whether Coco moving to Las Vegas would break up her marriage to Ice-T.

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    Jessi
    January 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Sorry you have been sick :(! It’s that time of year I suppose. I don’t know how cold it is where you are, but my Cold Remedy is a stiff Hot Toddy’s (http://cocktails.about.com/od/cocktailrecipes/r/httdy_ht.htm).

    This soup sounds amazing! And as always, beautiful photography!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      It’s funny, I had heard of Hot Toddies before, but last week was the first time I heard of someone using them as a cold remedy. And then you mentioned it too! It must be a sign–I should really make myself one, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

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        Jessi
        January 7, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        You really should! Get all snuggly, pop in a good movie and drink some hot Jamesons!

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    Pri
    January 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Hi Kiersten, I am so happy I saw this recipe. I have my panang curry recipe – http://www.recipris.com/2012/05/01/panang/ – but I do not use veggie broth. I am thinking of switching out 1 can of coconut milk for veggie broth to make a soup. Thanks for the idea and I will let you know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I’m sure it will be amazing! I’m going to have to check out your panang curry recipe–that’s my husband’s favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenn
    January 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Yay for soup week! My mom would love this one.

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    Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board
    January 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve been craving Thai curry soup lately (any colour) and have a ton of curry paste to use up so I really need to get on this! Love that this version uses so few ingredients (but will still taste great!)

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Yeah, I know a lot of Thai soup recipes have a laundry list of ingredients, but I was so sick–I wanted to keep it simple. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Jeanette
    January 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Thai red curry and coconut milk are one of my favorite combinations in curries and soups – perfect for these chilly winter days! Happy New Year Kiersten!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Happy New Year to you too! I hope 2013 is a great year for you and your family (and your blog)! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Aleks
    January 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    omg! it must be awesome. I love coconut milk it’s so soft and delicious. Few days ago I prepared your Masala Chai Breakfest shake – you may check ๐Ÿ™‚ It was really delicious!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      I will check it out–I’m glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply
    Jad @ New South
    January 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Yum! Can’t wait to make this!

  • Reply
    Freda Love Smith
    January 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    This looks delicious! I happen to have green curry paste in the fridge – would it substitute well for a thai green curry soup??

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Yes! I’ve actually made this with green curry paste before and while the end result tastes a lot different, it’s still delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚ It does benefit from some lime juice to boost the flavor, though.

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        Freda Love Smith
        January 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

        Thanks! And I just happen to have an odd lime in the fridge too, so it’s meant to be.

  • Reply
    Dee @ Cocktails with Mom
    January 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I could use a nice warm bowl of this right now. Lovely bowls also.

  • Reply
    JulieD
    January 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I need some of this right now!!! UGH, I hate being sick. Hope you’re starting to feel better…too bad we don’t live close, we could have watched movies together or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Movies & soup! This is seriously one of the worst colds I’ve ever had. It just won’t go away. I hope you feel better soon too!

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    a farmer in the dell
    January 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    YAY for soup week! I love soup so naturally I am super stoked if you post soup recipes everyday! This looks like a keeper. Red curry and coconut milk are a great combo! yum

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Well you’re in luck because if this cold doesn’t go away, it might turn into Soup Month. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up
    January 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I love how simple it its. Great for those nights when cooking isnt on my to-do list. I also LOVE the bowls in your picture. So cute.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you! I got the bowls from Crate & Barrel–I had wanted them for a while and never bought them, but then they went on clearance and I snatched them up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    January 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    love this girl! Happy new year!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Happy New Year to you too!

  • Reply
    Andrea
    January 7, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Ooh, I love Thai food! My favorite is Pad Thai and I occasionally make that at home. I’ll put this soup on next week’s meal plan. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Pad Thai is my favorite too! I always need to order that when we go to Thai restaurants. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    January 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I am so sorry that you have been sick! That really sucks…but I do LOVE soup so for whatever reason I am glad it’s soup week. This soup looks and sounds so delicious, I am going to have to add it to my line up of recipes to try over the next few weeks.

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      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Yeah, I love soup when I’m healthy too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially during winter! I hope you like the soup if you make it!

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    Lysa
    January 7, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve been sick also lately and soups are the only thing tempting for the moment ! This soup looks delicious, Red curry is so good! I would love it with mushrooms too !

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I hope you feel better soon!

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    ashley - baker by nature
    January 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    wow! this soup is such a beauty!!!

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    Elizabeth Atwood
    January 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I’m impressed! Sick or not you’re still creating soups. When I’m sick it’s all I can do to pour a can of soup into a pot and warm it up! It sounds yummy!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Ha! If it wasn’t for this whole food blog thing, I totally would have been doing that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    January 7, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I’m so excited for soup week! I’ve been sick too (along with the kiddos) and cooking is the last thing on the to do list. I hope you – and Miso – are feeling better. I’ve never tried cooking with curry paste but Thai is definitely a winner when I’m congested, ha!

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      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I love curry paste! It’s the easiest way to make Thai food. You can skip all the herbs and lemongrass and lime leaves and just add some curry paste to coconut milk and you’re pretty much set. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    January 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    That sounds so light and flavorful!

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    Laura (GotChocolate)
    January 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Holy cow that seriously looks SO good! I love curry too, but I have to admit I’ve never had red curry paste. Must get some this weekend and make this. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      One of my favorite chocolate shops used to sell Thai peanut butter cups with red curry and coconut milk mixed in the peanut butter. It sounds disgusting, but they were SO GOOD.

  • Reply
    Courtney Rae Jones
    January 7, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Wow! I’m so impressed ๐Ÿ™‚ I honestly am the biggest suck when I’m sick and refuse to even look at a pot or pan. *hah* I hope you are feeling better! *curative hugs* This soup looks fantastic. I am betting the flavour of the soup alone would have extra awesome healing properties! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      January 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      I wish I could have taken time off from cooking last week! I had a huge project to work on, so I actually had to cook MORE than usual. Not fun!

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