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Easy Vegan Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Kai)

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

A veggie-packed, easy to make, vegan Thai coconut soup with kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and more. No lemongrass? No problem! This soup recipe has a few hacks that make it simple yet authentic tasting.

Easy Vegan Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Kai) Main

 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
 2 cups cubed sweet potatoes
 1 cup broccoli rice
 8 ounces brown mushrooms, sliced
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 quart veggie broth
 1 (3-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced
 1 small lemon, peeled
 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
 ¼ cup mushroom sauce
 ½ cup lime juice
 2 (13-ounce) can coconut milk
 12 ounces firm tofu, cubed
 4 ounces baby kale, chopped
 ½ cup chopped cilantro
 1 teaspoon brown sugar
 ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Warm 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over a medium heat in a medium-sized soup pot.


Add the 2 cups of sweet potatoes and cook until tender. About 10 minutes. Add in the 1 cup broccoli rice, 8 ounces mushrooms and cook for a few minutes.


Storage Tip: Never store fresh sweet potatoes in the refrigerator. The sweet spot, pun intended, is to store them at a few degrees below room temperature.


Add in the 2 cloves of garlic and cook for a minute.


Cooking Tip: You can easily peel garlic by putting cloves or even a whole bulb in a mason jar, shake it hard for about thirty seconds and you have freshly peeled garlic.


Add in 1 quart of veggie broth. I like to add in a little to get it heated up faster and then add in the remainder. This method seems to cook the soup faster.


Add the 3-inch piece of ginger cut into slices, the peels from 1 lemon, the 1 tablespoon of red curry paste, the ¼ cup of mushroom sauce (vegan oyster sauce), and ½ cup of lime juice.


Add 2 cans of coconut milk and bring to a boil.


Storage Tip: Canned coconut milk is good about 6 months past the Best By date but only lasts about 5 days once opened. You can freeze it but it may get grainy. Simply blend it or strain it. It will keep about 3 months in the freezer.


Mix in 12 ounces of cubed tofu, 4 ounces baby kale, and remove from heat. Add 1 teaspoon brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon sea salt to taste.

Easy Vegan Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Kai) Recipe

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8