Hi! Today we are reposting this recipe we both totally forgot about which is sad because it’s so good. It’s our Spicy Red Curry and Coconut Noodle Soup with Shrimp. Perfect for days that are just a little overcast and also on days you wish it was raining but isn’t :( Love this one, and I am excited to make this again. Bookmark this one people!
As usual the weather in LA has been really funky, from 80˚F and sunny skies one day to a brisk 60˚F and overcast weather the next. It’s always changing, day by day. Lately I’ve been craving noodles like crazy, specifically of the Asian variety (and nope, not preggos!). So with the combination of fluctuating temps and my weird noodle cravings, I’ve been making a lot of simple noodle soups the past couple of weeks.
Today’s recipe has been one of my favorite weeknight soups to make, that totally hits the spot! It’s a Spicy Red Curry and Coconut Noodle Soup with Shrimp! The title is a bit long yes, but the soup itself only takes about 25-30 minutes to make from start to finish, especially if you’re using a store bought curry paste. The makrut lime leaves in this dish are pretty major and add such a nice, strong and unique flavor to the dish. You can usually find it in some Asian grocery stores, but if not you can substitute with regular lime juice, it won’t really be the same, but will work in a pinch! You can also adjust the spice level by increasing or decreasing the amount of Thai chiles (which are very, very spicy, FYI) you add to the soup.
I hope you all enjoy this cozy noodle soup, loaded with tons and tons of flavor. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
Here are some other curry recipes you might enjoy:
- Spicy Thai Red Curry Soup
- Thai Yellow Curry Noodles
- Red Curry Noodles
- Curry Fried Chickpeas
- Green Curry Noodle Soup
- Thai Red Curry Chicken Thighs
- Singapore Noodles
You might also like to peek at our soup recipe collection. We are huge soup fans, so we have a lot of soup recipes like our yummy Corn Chowder, or our Tortellini Soup.
Also check out this post for our Best Soup Recipes!
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Spicy Red Curry and Coconut Noodle Soup with Shrimp
- 8 ounces flat rice noodles (medium width, same as used for Pad Thai)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons minced shallots
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 2 Thai chiles, split in half lengthwise
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon red curry paste
- 1 ¼ cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 30 ounces coconut milk 2 cans
- 3 kaffir lime leaves or the juice of 2 limes
- 10 large shrimp, peeled and deveined with the tails intact
- salt and pepper to taste
- cilantro leaves
- lime zest
- thinly sliced red onions
- lime wedges
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Add noodles, cover and remove from heat. Allow noodles to soak/soften for about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Pour oil into a large saucepan and place over medium-high heat.
- Add shallots, garlic, ginger, chiles, and curry paste and sauté until fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Stir in chicken stock and fish sauce and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium heat and stir in coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper.
- Gently crush kaffir leaves in your hand and stir into the soup (or stir in lime juice).
- Once the soup begins to simmer add shrimp and poach for 4 to 5 minutes. Add noodles and continue to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. At this time you can discard the chile halves if you wish.
- Adjust seasonings and top with cilantro leaves, lime zest and sliced red onions. Serve with lime wedges.
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Why didn’t you just write 1/3 cup of curry paste? =5 Tbs
Bc 1/3 cup isn’t exactly 5 tablespoons
I’m one of those people that uses a recipe as a base and then puts my own twists on it. Not having cooked with curry paste that often, and wanting a true spicy Thai soup, I followed this exactly and it was incredible! Just like in a restaurant. Ok, the only thing I changed was that I used a jalapeño instead of thai chilis. I like a lot of heat, but the curry paste I used was already pretty hot so I wanted to try a milder pepper the first time. It was super spicy and I loved it. Thanks for such a yummy and super easy recipe!
So happy you enjoyed this recipe!
And I added snow peas and shiitake mushrooms (I cooked before adding). Yummy!
Any particular brand of red curry paste you recommend?
Thai Kitchen has a decent curry paste + it’s easy to find. My favorite store bought one though is by Maesri. It’s a little harder to find, but it’s great!
we added lemongrass to the soup and it was delicious. made it last night for the first time!
What kind of coconut milk do you use… sweetened or unsweetened
and which brand?
Unsweetened, from a can! :)
it looks delicious!!!! can wait to try!
Bianca Caruana Curran
I made this last night… so easy and diiiivine!!!
Thank you ;)
what brand of red curry paste do you use?
Yes! This soup is so good! We’ve Just finished it and loved it! Thank you for this awesome recipe!
Teri Lyn Fisher
Glad you like it!
Best soup ever!!!
The red curry looks amazing.
Surely going to try these out soon.
This bowl is looking very delicious.
Thank you for sharing these :)
El Caldero de Nimue
I love it I’m sure it’s so incredibly fragrant, I need to try this one :)
This looks really great. I haven’t ever had curry in a soup so I am looking forward to trying this.
This looks great! And I have everything to make it too. Yippee for me I see dinner in my future!
Looks amazing! I love red curry and shrimp together. I’m always so sad, my local Asian market never has kaffir limes so I’ve yet to taste the difference they make.
If you can specifically find a Thai or Vietnamese market, they will most likely have them!
Robin | CaliGirl Cooking
I know, I can’t believe how random the weather has been here in SoCal lately! I am ALWAYS craving curries and soups, so this looks just perfect to me! Can’t wait to try it!
mary-clay | the open oven
ah, yum! I will eat curry in any way, shape, or form. these noodle bowls are GORGEOUS. thanks for sharing!
Cheese and Chinese
Ooooh yes we made something like this not too long ago and it is just sooooo good! We used chicken however, I can imagine shrimps would be even better!
Stuff like this is so good, right?! Lol