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Thai Coconut Milk Cabbage soup packed with flavor and nourishment! A Thai CoconutPaleosoup recipemade with realingredients; coconut milk, cabbage, lemongrass, broth, curry, and Thai Chili peppers. It is quick to make, plus it keeps you warm during winter!Vegan and whole 30 friendly.

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Just letting you know thisThai Coconut cabbage soup recipewas originally published in December 2014. I retested and improved the recipe, rephotographed, updated content. Now I am republishing it for you today! I hope you enjoy. Thank you for following Cotter Crunch Y’all!.

Thisweek, the love of flavor packed recipes continues, in the form of soup that is! But let me explain what makes thisThai coconut soupthe perfectsoothing dishfor body and soul as well.Hang with me, I’ll get to it soon!

You see, when the body (or at least my body) is under a certain amount of stress, digestion needs a little more support. This is why it’s so important to focus on getting nutrient dense foods in the system, as well as taking a chill pill. Am I right?

But what nutrient foods work for me, might not work for you. So can be tricky. The body responds differently to certain foods for EACH person depending on the environment they are in or their current health condition. Hence why I posted the “healing foods” meal plan last week.

For us Crazy Cotters, immunity boosting smoothies, Turmericteas, and anti- inflammatory rich soups give us more bang for you buck, per se. Easy to digest, but still full of nourishment. Nourishment in the form of soothing herbs, vegetables, and spices! Adding in herbs and spices are also a great wayto significantly increase the nutritional value of your meals, plus many herbs and spices serve as digestive aids.

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Hence my love affair with paleo thai coconut soup! It’s full of good for your healthmedicinal herbs like lemongrass, anti-inflammatory rich spices(like curry),antioxidant richpeppers, and healthy fats (like coconut milk), etc. Not to mention good for your digestion vegetables, like cabbage!

Adding cabbage brings extra nourishment and texture to this Thai Coconut Milk Soup!

Yep! Instead of grains (like rice), we are using shredded cabbage. Whoa I just said LIKE a lot. But you get my point. I LIKE what’s in this soup.

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You can use red or green cabbage for this Thai soup. Both red and green cabbage are rich in mineralscalcium,magnesium, andpotassium. Three essential minerals that are crucial for protection of bones. As if that wasn’t enough, some studies have shown that cabbage may help improve the health of the stomach and digestive tract as a whole. You can thank the anti-inflammatory richglucosinolates found in cabbage for that (source). Oh and fiber, cabbage has tons of fiber, obviously.

Is that enough nerdy nutrition talk for ya? Ha! But gosh darn I love it when food can play a KEY part in healing and health.

Alright, now you know why I love this soothing soup and why I am sharing it AGAIN today, 3 years later. The recipe is retested and improved. HOORAY!

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Thai Coconut Milk Soup (Paleo)

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This nourishing Thai soup is quick to make with simple ingredients. Low Carb, Paleo, Whole30, and Vegan friendly.


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  • 1 Tablespoon oil, divided. (Avocado oil or sesame oil work great)
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded cabbage (red or green) – see notes.
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoon lime juice (divided)
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon red chili paste (the more, the spicier. Adjust to preference)
  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, cut in 1-in. pieces or 1.5 Tablespoons lemongrass paste. (see notes)
  • ½ teaspoon ground curry
  • 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 ¾ cups regular or light coconut milk (15-ounce can)
  • 5 cups organic broth or vegetable stock
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • Fresh torn cilantro to garnish
  • Sliced lime
  • 2 Thai birds eyes red peppers, seeds in or removed, sliced for garnishing
  • Optional add ins: Cooked shrimp, chicken, tofu, sriracha, mushrooms, etc.
  • optional chopped scallions (green portion)


  1. In a large pot, sauté your shredded cabbage in oil, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, and dash of pepper. Cook about 2 minutes on medium to medium high. Be sure not to cook all the way. Remove cabbage from pot and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, bring to boil your broth, lemon grass, and the rest of your spices/chili paste. Let is simmer about 10 minutes on medium low, stirring occasionally.
  3. After 10 minutes, add in your sautéed cabbage, splash of fish sauce (optional), ½ tablespoon or so lime juice, and coconut milk. Mix together simmer another 5 to 10 minutes. (See notes for protein options)
  4. When soup is done simmering, you can either add your sliced Thai Red peppers into the pot before serving, or use them to garnish.
  5. Spoon into bowls. Garnish with fresh lime slices, spicy pepper slices (i.e jalapeños or additional Thai red peppers), drizzle of chili sauce, and pinch of pepper.Optional chopped scallions to top.


Substitutions – Thai basil may be substituted for cilantro. 2 fresh lemongrass stalk, cut in 1-in. pieces will equal around 1- 2 tablespoon lemon grass paste.

Add -ons – Protein is optional, but you can add in a cooked protein of choice (i.e shrimp, tofu, chicken, etc.) at step 6. When you mix in and simmer the coconut milk and cabbage.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: side dish, soup
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 244
  • Sugar: 7.5g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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Now let’s get get cooking! Your body and tastebuds will thank you.

What are your favorite type of vegetables to use in thai coconut soup?


This recipe is part ofOur Best Healthy Soup Recipes for Falland 10 Best Immunity Boosting Recipes collections. Check it out!

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What is Thai coconut soup made of? ›

In large soup pot, heat vegetable or chicken broth and add coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal or ginger, lime leaves, cilantro stems, and red pepper flakes (or Thai chiles). Bring to a boil and then cover and let simmer on low for at least 20 minutes.

How long does coconut soup last in the fridge without? ›

**If you want to save any leftover soup, make sure to transfer it to an airtight container. It will last 3-4 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.

Is coconut soup good for you? ›

It is rich in protein and fiber with chicken stock and slices, mushrooms, and veggies like carrots. Mushrooms are a rich source of fiber, proteins, and anti-oxidants. Thai coconut chicken soup has many calories and fats that come from coconut milk, so having it with other high-carb food might not be too good.

Can you use coconut cream instead of coconut milk in curry? ›

It is thicker, has a higher fat content and is scoop-able throughout. Coconut milk and cream are mostly interchangeable in recipes such as curries and soups. If you prefer a richer flavour and texture, try coconut cream or vice versa. However, be careful when substituting coconut milk and cream in baked goods.

What is the most popular Thai soup? ›

Tom Yum soup is the most popular Thai soup. In Thai, “tom” translates into “boiled” and “yum” refers to the traditional sour, salty and spicy flavor found in lots of Thai dishes.

Are Thai soups healthy? ›

Galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass are among the primary ingredients used in Thai soups. Simmering them in broth allows them to release their phytochemicals and nutrients. Their oils have not only a pleasant aroma and taste, but also harbor many health benefits to the digestive system.

What does Tom mean in Thai? ›

The Thai word for “boil” or tom (pronounced “dtome”) features prominently on Thai menus and tom yum goong is probably one of the most famous Thai dishes in the world.

Can you boil coconut milk in soup? ›

What can you cook with coconut milk? Soups, curries, and stews - coconut milk is an amazing base liquid for all kinds of soups - if you want a warmer, richer, creamier taste, just throw in a can of coconut milk and enjoy! Try it in... Curries - like this keto-friendly chicken curry or curried cauliflower and kale soup.

Is 5 day old soup OK to eat? ›

Leftovers can be kept for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. After that, the risk of food poisoning goes up. If you don't think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them right away. Frozen leftovers will stay safe for a long time.

Is Thai coconut milk good for you? ›

Like other coconut products, it may provide health benefits, although more research is necessary to confirm this. Consuming moderate amounts of coconut milk may help lower cholesterol and promote weight loss. The antioxidants it contains may also help protect the body from health issues.

Is coconut soup good for your stomach? ›

Coconut, a low-carb fruit, is also full of dietary fibres that can help in promoting healthy digestion.

Can too much coconut be bad for you? ›

High cholesterol: People who eat large amounts of coconut have higher cholesterol than those who eat less.

Can you drink Thai Kitchen coconut milk? ›

Yes, you can pour and drink Thai Coconut Milk or you can add it to your favorite recipes. … Q: What is the shelf life ? Do you add in preservatives, stabilizers or additives ?

What is better than coconut milk? ›

Soy milk is a great alternative to coconut milk. It's also plant-based and has a slightly lower fat content than coconut milk. In most recipes, you can swap it in a 1:1 ratio. If you're looking to add more protein to your diet, soy milk is a good option.

Does Thai coconut soup have sugar? ›

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below – but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Thai coconut soup at home: Cook the ginger, curry paste, and lemongrass in oil. Stir in the broth, brown sugar, and fish sauce.

What is the history of Thai coconut soup? ›

History. Tom kha is a Thai soup that originated around 1890 and was first recorded in a Thai recipe book. The earliest recorded version of the soup was called Tom kha pet, and it featured duck and young galangal in a coconut milk-based curry.

What is the difference between Tom Yum and Tom Kha soup? ›

Tom Yum is much spicier, and has a clear broth. Tom Kha uses coconut milk to stabilize and mellow the flavors, making it both sweeter and slightly heavier. While both soups can be made with a variety of proteins, tom yum usually calls for shrimp, while tom kha is commonly made with chicken.


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