Thai fish soup

Thai fish soup

The Medicinal Chef
Martin Poole

This gorgeous dish has a lovely exotic vibe about it, is a doddle to make, plus it’s light and bursting with nutrients. Does it get much better?


Quantity Ingredient
1 stalk fresh lemongrass
light olive oil, for cooking
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 kaffir lime leaves
400ml canned coconut milk
2 salmon fillets, skinned and cut into 2 cm cubes
180g prawns, cooked
handful baby spinach leaves
100g snow peas
1/2 lime, juiced
handful fresh coriander leaves, torn
1 red chilli, thinly sliced, (optional)


  1. Bash the whole lemongrass stalk with something heavy, such as a rolling pin, to release the fragrant oils. Heat a little olive oil in a large pan, add the onion, garlic, ginger, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass and cook gently for 4–5 minutes, or until the onion has softened.
  2. Add the coconut milk and 150 ml water, and cook at a slow simmer for 15 minutes. Add the salmon and continue to simmer until it is cooked – about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the prawns, spinach and snow peas and simmer for 2 more minutes. Squeeze in the lime juice, add the torn coriander and chilli, remove the lemongrass stalk and lime leaves – and you’re ready to serve. It’s great with a side salad, or perhaps some noodles. You could add these to the soup along with the salmon (check the cooking time on the packet).

Good for

  • Joints & bones: Arthritis

    Mental health & nervous system: Anxiety, Depression

    Heart & circulation: High cholesterol, High blood pressure

    Digestive system: Bloating, Crohn’s disease

    Reproductive & urinary systems: Problematic periods
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