A hearty and soul-satisfying Thai Shrimp Soup flavored with lemongrass, ginger, and peppers and filled with mushrooms, shrimp and bok choy. This single serving soup recipe is easy to make and can be ready in minutes!
I always refer to this easy Thai soup with shrimp recipe as "my version" of a classic Tom Yum Soup. It may not be 100% authentic but its made with easy to find ingredients and takes a short time to make.
My husband and I love eating tom yum soup and order it often when we dine out at area Thai restaurants. We enjoy it so much that I wanted to recreate a single serving version of this delicious soup at home.
Simple Thai Soup
A few weeks ago, on a cold and rainy afternoon, I decided to look for a good recipe for tom yum soup. I found one in a magazine and then proceeded to jot down all the ingredients needed to make the soup.
To my surprise, I couldn't find a few of the key ingredients needed from the grocery stores in my area.
I'm sure I would have been able to find everything I needed if I visited our Asian market in downtown Houston but I didn't want to do that. I wanted to make Tom Yum Soup that afternoon and didn't want to drive around.
I decided to tweak the ingredients and use what I had on hand. This Thai shrimp soup is my take on Tom Yum Soup. I'm not claiming it to be authentic but I will tell you this "recipe for one" is fabulous.
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- olive oil
- Thai chili
- chicken broth
- baby bok choy or spinach
- rice noodles
I let the soup simmer on the stove for at least 15 minutes so the flavors have the chance to come together.
Just a reminder, this is not the traditional Tom Yum Soup, but my own spicy recipe made with ingredients that are easily available.
If you are looking for a more authentic, traditional soup, be sure to check out the following recipes:
- Tom Yum Goong Soup from Rasa Malaysia
- Tom Yum Goong Soup Recipe from Leite's Culinaria
- Creamy Tom Yam Kung (Thai Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp) from Serious Eats
Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients
If you have any ingredients left over from this spicy Thai soup recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:
- Onions: Meat Sauce, Pan Fried Okra, Chicken Cacciatore
- Chili pepper: Guacamole, Avocado Toast, Cucumber Salsa
- Mushrooms: Beef Stroganoff, Salisbury Steak, Risotto
- Ginger: Saag Paneer, Carrot Soup, Butter Chicken
- Chicken broth: Chicken and Dumplings, Chicken Piccata, Lentil Stew
- Spinach: Pork Stir Fry, Crustless Spinach Quiche, Spinach and Orzo Salad
- Shrimp: Shrimp Fettuccine, Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp Creole
- Rice noodles: Green Curry
- Cilantro: Chermoula, Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Puree, Enchiladas Verdes
What To Serve With Thai Shrimp Soup
Other Single Serving Soup Recipes
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- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 1 small Thai chili , seeds removed and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 stalk lemongrass , cut into 2-inch strips with outer layer removed.
- 1 cup baby bok choy , chopped
- 5 ounces shrimp , peeled and deveined (about 20 small-medium sized shrimp)
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup cooked thin rice noodles (I use Thai Kitchen Thin Rice Noodles)
- 1 teaspoon cilantro leaves , chopped (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, heat the oil on medium-high heat.
- Add the chopped onions, chili peppers and garlic and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the sliced mushrooms and ginger to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
- Pour in the chicken broth.
- Place the pieces of lemongrass on a cutting board and with the flat side of a knife, gently press down on the lemongrass to release the flavors. Add to the pot.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the bok choy and the shrimp. Simmer until the shrimp is opaque, 3-4 minutes.
- Taste and add a pinch or two of salt if necessary. Remove pot from heat and cover.
- Prepare the thin rice noodles according to package directions. The rice noodles cook very quickly.
- To serve, spoon the rice noodles into a bowl and pour the soup over the noodles. Top with chopped cilantro, if desired.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.