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A white bowl filled with Thai soup with jumbo prawns on top of a blue tile surface.

Spicy Thai Soup with Jumbo Prawns

I like my Thai soup hot and spicy, like this bowl of Spicy Thai Soup with Jumbo Prawns. It's a bowl of absolute yumminess that will definitely warm your belly! 

  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 10 cups water
  • 5 tablespoons Tom Yum paste (more for extra spicy)
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 10 whole shiitake mushrooms or button mushrooms (stems removed)
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro (stems on)
  • 1 pound jumbo prawns, head on
  • Steamed jasmine rice


  1. In a large stock pot, bring the water to a boil. Add in Tom Yum paste (more if you want it to be spicier), kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, brown sugar, and mushrooms. On a low boil, cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Taste the broth and add more Tom Yum paste if needed. Add in the cilantro and prawns. Cook until prawns are pink and fully cooked (about 5 more minutes).
  3. Place steamed jasmine rice at bottom of a soup bowl and pour soup over the top. Garnish with more fresh cilantro.


Tom Yum paste can be found a most Asian markets and select specialty grocery stores. You can also buy it online: Tom Yum Paste

Kaffir lime leaves can be found a most Asian markets and select specialty grocery stores. I’ve also used the dried version from Thai Kitchen, which I found at Whole Foods.

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 307
  • Sugar: 3.5 g
  • Sodium: 1894.9 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.8 g
  • Protein: 27.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 182.5 mg