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Low Carb Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Creamy Keto Thai coconut soup is a delicate blend of amazing flavors: shrimp, ginger, lime, coconut milk, lemongrass, with the red curry spice on top. Delicious, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low carb, this refreshing recipe is perfect for a Lenten meal, spring, or anytime!

Keto low carb Thai coconut soup is a delicate blend of delicious flavors. This dairy-free, gluten-free, and delicious soup is perfectly refreshing for spring, lent, or any time! #ketosoup #lowcarbsoup

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Lately, I’ve seen a lot of blog posts on Pinterest with gorgeous pictures and tales of experiences in Thailand. They all seem to scream, “Come! Come visit Thailand, Land of Smiles!”

So, of course, my heart says, “Yes, please let’s go! I want to see these fantastic places and experience the food and culture!”

My brain says, “Unfortunately, now is now a good time to take off to Thailand, but why not make some Thai food?”

Why not indeed?

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Thai food ain’t about simplicity. It’s about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Like a complex musical chord it’s got to have a smooth surface but it doesn’t matter what’s happening underneath. Simplicity isn’t the dictum here, at all. Some westerners think it’s a jumble of flavors, but to a Thai that’s important, it’s the complexity they delight in.

– David Thompson, Thai Food

Keto Thai coconut soup

With a few substitutions here and there, it’s very easy to eat delicious Thai food that’s low carb at the same time.

My first experiences with Thai food were definitely memorable. I was a sophomore or junior in college, and a group of friends decided to check out a fairly new local Thai restaurant. In the middle of Texas.

I loved and still love trying new flavors and experiencing other cultures and was super-excited to give Thai food a go. Unfortunately, my Texas Thai food experience was not a pleasant one. In fact, it made me sick for the next two days.

Regrettably, this disaster of a meal put my love of Thai food on hold for a number of years. Do you have a similar food memory you can’t shake? For years afterward, the smell of spicy coconut milk took me back to that experience, and not in a good way.

Creamy low carb Thai shrimp soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, and an amazing blend of flavors with a punch of red curry.

Thai flavors

Today, I love Thai food! It is truly an art of flavor blending and layering and a delight to the senses. When prepared well.

Which is why I now do my research on any Thai restaurant I plan to visit and often make my own versions of my favorites. It is fairly easy to modify recipes slightly to make them Keto or low carb and still retain the fabulous flavors.

I was once told, in Thai cooking, there are four flavors: sour, sweet, creamy and salty. The spice, or heat, is over those four flavors. The secret and magic of the perfect dish is the correct balance of flavors where each sits just right to make it practically divine.

A westerner may see a list of the ingredients and skeptically think, “Wow! That’s certainly a melting pot of ingredients!”

When in fact, the lemongrass, ginger, lime, coconut milk, red curry, and all the others are precisely planned out.

The balance must be there for a true Thai dish. It’s a different mix newer to my palate, and it’s very enjoyable!

Keto Thai coconut soup is art in color and flavor. The perfect blend of flavors in a delicious low carb meal.

🍽 Equipment

To make this low carb Thai coconut soup you’ll need: 

Keto Low Carb Thai Coconut Soup is full of flavors while still gluten-free and dairy-free. Shrimp, ginger, lime, red curry, perfectly refreshing for spring. #ketosoup #lowcarbdinner

🥘 Ingredients

  • coconut oil (or avocado oil)
  • peeled medium shrimp
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • chopped zucchini, (or make as zoodles)
  • finely chopped lemongrass, (or 5 drops lemongrass essential oil)
  • garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • salt
  • red curry paste (or red curry powder)
  • unsweetened coconut milk
  • chicken bone broth, (or vegetable stock)
  • black pepper
  • lime, juiced
  • fresh cilantro

🔪 Instructions

How to make keto Thai coconut soup

First, take out a large soup pot or dutch oven and melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. You can also use avocado oil instead if you don’t have coconut oil.

Second, add the shrimp and stir it occasionally for 2-3 minutes until it turns pink. Sprinkle on salt to taste and then remove it to a bowl. Set it aside for now.

Then, back to the pot, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and zucchini. Stir it all occasionally until the vegetables become tender (4-5 minutes).

A note on the zucchini

I prefer to slice the zucchini and cut the rounds into fourths for my soup. However, you can cut them any size you want or even use a spiralizer to create noodles for your meal. I’ve done both and admit it’s just easier for me to slice instead of spiralize.

Zucchini noodles, Thai coconut soup

Next, add in the ginger and lemongrass and cook another minute.

Instead of actual lemongrass I often use 5 drops of quality lemongrass essential oil. If you do choose to use lemongrass essential oil, add it at the end instead of at this point. It cuts down on the carbs and is easy to keep in the cabinet!

Now, whisk in the curry paste, coconut milk, bone broth, and pepper.

Tip: If you’d like to make your own bone broth, check out this recipe for Bone Broth in an Instant Pot!

Slowly, bring it all to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until the soup thickens slightly. This can be for about 10 minutes or longer to allow the flavors to combine. I often like the soup the second day better because the flavors have more time to blend.

Lastly, stir in the shrimp, lime juice, and cilantro (and lemongrass oil if using). Season it with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve it up in bowls and to make it pretty, garnish with fresh lime wedges and cilantro.

A bite of low carb Thai soup with shrimp. #ketodinner #lowcarbsoup

I landed in 1980 in Bangkok, and I stopped to eat ten times between the airport and the hotel. It was all lemongrass and ginger and chilies.

– Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Favorite international cuisine?

Spices, flavors, herbs, textures. I love my food. It’s even better when you taste the fabulous dishes from around the world. Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Cajun, yum!

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to travel from country to country to try their regional specialties? Oh yes, that would be delightful! However, I’m going to whip up some in my own kitchen. For example, try my Easy Keto Paella with Cauliflower Rice.

Then the smells, tastes, and textures will transport me easily on a world tour from my own home.

Currently, I’m off to eat a bowl of keto Thai coconut soup. For now at least. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Keto Thai Coconut Soup is a delicate low carb blend of shrimp, ginger, lime, coconut milk, red curry and more. It's the perfect Lenten, spring, or anytime meal as it's dairy-free and gluten-free too. #lowcarbdinner #ketosoup

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🥣 More low carb soups

  1. Keto Taco Soup
  2. Creamy Keto Italian Sausage Soup
  3. Low Carb Green Chili Chicken Chowder
  4. Keto Jambalaya (can be made as a soup)
  5. Low Carb Chicken Mushroom Soup

📖 Recipe

Keto Thai Coconut Soup is dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb, and delicious. #thaisoup #lowcarbdinner

Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Fresh, spicy, and flavorful! Low carb Thai coconut soup is the perfect mix of coconut, lime, shrimp, cilantro, and red curry deliciousness! It's dairy-free, gluten-free and fabulous.


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, (or avocado oil)
  • 1 lb peeled medium shrimp
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 chopped zucchini (small), (or make as zoodles)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (finely chopped), (or 5 drops lemongrass essential oil)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste, (or red curry powder)
  • 2 13 oz cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth, (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (more to garnish)


  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, melt the coconut oil over a medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes until pink. Salt to taste then remove to a bowl.
  2. To the pot, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and zucchini. Stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes). Add in the ginger and lemongrass and cook another minute.
  3. Whisk in the curry paste and then the coconut milk, stock, and pepper. Bring it all to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until the soup thickens slightly (about 10 minutes).
  4. Stir in the shrimp, lime juice, and cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh lime wedges and cilantro.


Nutrition Facts

Servings 6.0 Amount Per Serving Calories 359  Total Fat 26 g Saturated Fat 22 g Monounsaturated Fat 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 116 mg Sodium 474 mg Potassium 381 mg Total Carbohydrate 6 g Dietary Fiber 1 g Sugars 4 g Protein 26 g Net Carbohydrate 5 g

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359

*Nutrition Facts per For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

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Tuesday 10th of November 2020

I had been in a keto rut and stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest. OMG. It’s sooooooo good. It’s full of all those yummy Thai flavors and is almost addictive!! Thank you for this delicious recipe!

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