Thai Coconut & Lemongrass Soup (Tom Yum Goong)

This soup has a lot going on- it’s fragrant, creamy, herbaceous and spicy all in one, yet it’s deceptively simple to throw together. I’ve made my version of the classic Thai Tom Yum Goong with prawns and a barramundi fillet for extra protein (this little bowl packs an amazing 46.6g of protein!).

I like to make a big pot of this so I have enough dinner for a few weeknights ahead- it’s gets more delicious after a couple of days in the fridge, and there’s nothing quite like coming home to a hot bowl of nourishing soup, ready to serve at a moment’s notice.

Thai Coconut & Lemongrass Soup (Tom Yum Goong)

A deliciously fragrant soup of prawns and barramundi simmered in coconut milk with lemongrass and ginger
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 337kcal


  • 1 lemongrass stalk- white part only, minced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves-minced
  • 2-3 cm galangal- minced substitute with ginger
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 brown onion- finely diced
  • 1 litre vegetable or fish stock
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 400 ml light coconut milk
  • 4 barramundi fillets
  • 300 g prawns- shells removed
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bundle enoki mushrooms substitute with shiitake or any other button/cup mushrooms

To Garnish

  • 1 handful fresh coriander
  • 1-2 red chilli


  • Add the lemongrass, garlic cloves, galangal and kaffir lime to a mortar and pestle, and grind until it becomes a paste
  • Heat ½ tbsp of coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat, add the paste and brown onions and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the stock, lime juice, fish sauce and coconut milk and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the barramundi fillets, prawns and enoki mushrooms, and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until the barramundi fillets are firm. Add in the cherry tomatoes and remove the soup from heat.
  • Ladle the soup into small bowls, garnish with fresh coriander and sliced red chilli and serve


Calories: 337kcal
Carbs: 14g | Fat: 12.1g | Protein: 46.6g

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