Make this hearty Thai Red Curry soup for your entire family in under 20 minutes from start to finish. If you're looking for a keto and low-carb friendly recipe that's both easy to make and packed with flavor, then you've come to the right spot!
With a fragrant blend of spices and low-carb veggies, this recipe is perfect for anyone who is following a low-carb, keto or gluten-free lifestyle... and anyone else will never know the difference!
Why Make This Thai red curry soup
1. It's incredibly easy. So few ingredients make it really approachable.
2. The flavors just sing together. Simple ingredients put together in a simple way makes simply delightful flavors.
3. It can be eaten as a meal. This is a hearty soup that can easily be eaten as a standalone meal.
4. It's inexpensive. We are going to make a lot of soup with relatively inexpensive ingredients.
How to make Thai Red Curry soup
Here are some excellent pointers to follow when making this soup:
- Choose the proper curry paste: Keep an eye on the ingredients. Many curry pastes are loaded with sugar and heavy preservatives. Find one with the least amount of ingredients you have difficulty recognizing.
- Use full-fat coconut milk: This will give the soup the best flavor and texture, adding a creamy richness while keeping it all low-carb and delightfully delicious.
- Use fresh herbs: After the soup is cooked, add some fresh cilantro or sliced Thai (or regular) basil for extra flavor and aroma.
- Choose your protein: This soup is so flexible you can add chicken, pork, beef, shrimp or even tofu if that floats your boat. Whatever you choose, this will be a filling and satisfying meal.
- Adjust the seasoning to your liking: If you are averse to heat, add less curry paste. Also, taste the soup before serving and adjust the salt and pepper or add lime if needed to cut some of the heat.
- Serve with your favorite low-carb sides: A good option is cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles to keep the meal keto and low-carb friendly.
- Garnish with your favorite toppings: Let your imagination run wild... add toppings such as chopped chilli peppers, a dollop of sour cream, some fresh chopped herbs or even lime wedges to add a burst of freshness.
What's in Thai Red Curry Paste?
There are so many different brands and varieties of curry paste on the market at the moment. Each one has varied ingredients, but after a bit of research, here are some of the most common that I've found:
- Dried red chili peppers
- Ginger or Galangal
- Kaffir lime leaves (these have a strong, citrusy and floral flavor)
- Onions, shallots or onion powder
- Cilantro (either the root or the stems)
- Shrimp paste (in non-vegetarian versions)
- Spices like cumin, coriander seeds and more.
What does Thai Red Curry taste like?
I'm a sucker for a good curry, but sometimes I get confused about the difference between green, red or yellow curry and what they might taste like.
Thai Red Curry has a vibrant flavor profile with an upfront introduction of heat, followed by a more subtle savory layer and ending with a slight sweetness. It's complex, bold and one of my favorite dishes.
This dish is made with a fragrant blend of spices and herbs like ginger, kaffir lime leaves, dried red chili peppers (for heat), cumin and more. When this bright blend of spices is incorporated into the coconut milk, it creates a creamy and slightly sweet base that balances out the spiciness of the chili peppers.
Overall, I think that you will find this recipe has a bold and aromatic flavor profile that is both spicy and comforting... and what more could be asked from a soup than that?
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH THE THAI RED CURRY SOUP?
- Cauliflower Rice: It is a great low-carb option, absorbs some of the heat from the chili peppers and fills the stomach at the same time. Trifecta.
- Salad: A simple green salad with a light, citrusy dressing can add some freshness and balance to the meal.
- Stir-Fried Veggies: Sometimes, I feel like I'm not eating enough vegetables when going full keto. Frying up some bok choy, broccoli, mung beans or snow peas (the flat ones because they are much less starchy and contain less carbohydrate) can be served as a side dish to add more veggies to the meal.
If you're not living the low-carb lifestyle, here's a list of what can be served too:
- Regular rice
- Fried rice
- Spring rolls
Whenever I make this soup, it is typically the only thing served. After brainstorming this information, I think that I'll be making a delightful side salad in the future!
Want more Delicious Soup Recipes? Take a look at these recipes:
Spicy Tuscan Kale and Sausage Soup
And for something completely different: Authentic Shrimp Creole