Tom Kha Gai Soup

with veggie medley

Active: 30 min | Total:

Tom Kha Gai is a classic coconut-based Thai soup. It's sweet, savory, and tangy all at the same time, but most importantly, it's warming comfort in a bowl.
Smarts: We tried to pack this soup with lots of veggies - feel free to swap in and out whatever you love best.

4 servings 4 servings

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Ingredients


To properly measure aromatics like garlic and onion, check out our guide.

Tom Kha Gai Soup:

  • Jasmine rice, uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Lemongrass - 3 stalks, mashed
  • Ginger, fresh - 1/2 inch, sliced thinly
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Mushrooms, brown or shiitake - 1/2 lb, sliced thinly
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, sliced thinly
  • Baby corn - 1 can, rinsed and drained
  • Zucchini, large - 1, sliced thinly
  • Tomatoes, medium - 1, sliced thinly
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup
  • Stock, vegetable - 3 cups
  • Soy sauce - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1, sliced thinly
  • Cilantro (opt) - 1/4 bunch, leaves torn off of stems
  • Limes - 1/2, sliced into wedges
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
  • Tom Kha Gai Soup:
  • 2/3 cup Jasmine rice, uncooked
  • 3 stalks Lemongrass, mashed
  • 1/2 inch Ginger, fresh, sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 lb Mushrooms, brown or shiitake, sliced thinly
  • 1 Bell peppers, red, sliced thinly
  • 1 can Baby corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Zucchini, large, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tomatoes, medium, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp Oil, cooking
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 3 cups Stock, vegetable
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Jalapenos (opt), sliced thinly
  • 1/4 bunch Cilantro (opt), leaves torn off of stems
  • 1/2 Limes, sliced into wedges
  • to taste Hot sauce (opt)

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Reviews of this meal

This meal has 191 reviews

from Maren for the original version
Comment: "I added lime leaves and a thai chili. "
Apr 21, 2016


from Sarah for the original version
Comment: "love this!"
Mar 10, 2016


from Madeline for the paleo version
Comment: "The smell of the fish sauce almost turned me away from finishing the recipe, but I'm glad it didn't! This soup was amazing! I would definitely recommend this to friends"
Oct 23, 2015


from Kathryn for the vegetarian version
Oct 22, 2015


from Terry for the original version
Sep 16, 2015


from Heather for the paleo version
Comment: "My family loved this! I do plan on tweaking a bit - more coconut milk vs broth but we loved it!!!"
Sep 13, 2015


from Jenjne for the original version
Comment: "Kid approved (minus jalapeƱos)"
Aug 23, 2015


from Geoffrey for the vegetarian version
Aug 15, 2015


from Christine for the original version
Comment: "I found this to be too sweet for me and the overall flavors were odd. Also, with the jalapenos it was just too spicy. "
Jul 16, 2015


from Priscilla for the original version
Comment: "This is the best soup. I make it over and over and over! Love it!"
Jul 06, 2015


from Katie for the original version
Jun 30, 2015


from Annie for the original version
Comment: "So good. Got to be a favourite. "
Jun 01, 2015


from Jenna for the original version
May 03, 2015


from Kirsten for the original version
Apr 26, 2015


from Emily for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Didn't have baby corn, lemongrass, cilantro, or lime (it was a spur of the moment decision to make!) but it was very good. I added a little more broth (3/4 cup) too just to have it be more soupy. Used the fish sauce with the vegetarian steps. "
Apr 26, 2015


from Jessica for the original version
Apr 26, 2015


from Nancy for the original version
Apr 24, 2015


from Brian for the gluten free version
Apr 21, 2015


from Jacqueline for the original version
Apr 20, 2015


from Christina for the vegetarian version
Apr 17, 2015


from Melissa for the original version
Comment: "This was amazing! Love the flavors. The hubby loved it too. "
Apr 13, 2015


from Stephanie for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Made Serving size for 4 and it was enough for 2 generous bowls. Did not use the baby corn or tomatoes due to personal preference. Added the jalapeƱos at the same time as the zucchini. Really enjoyed this soup!!"
Apr 12, 2015


from Stacey for the original version
Apr 07, 2015


from Maria for the original version
Apr 04, 2015


from Angela for the original version
Comment: "Really delicious, with nice spice and lovely flavor."
Apr 04, 2015


from Jacob for the original version
Apr 03, 2015


from Jennifer for the original version
Apr 01, 2015


from Frances for the original version
Comment: "Amazingly good! I subbed an orange bell pepper for tomatoes and added it in at the same time as the mushrooms. Also added the jalapenos (without seeds) at the same time as the zucchini. Turned out great! Only thing I would do differently is put some of the jalapeno seeds in the soup, since it needed a little more kick. Overall, amazing dish! Can't wait to make it again!"
Mar 31, 2015


from Rachel for the original version
Comment: "I love Thai food and would definitely up the spices with this one. Next time I would use just a bit more of each of the aromatics. Still good though! "
Mar 30, 2015


from Erika for the original version
Mar 26, 2015


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Mar 26, 2015


from Maribel for the original version
Mar 26, 2015


from Jessica for the original version
Mar 25, 2015


from Jamie for the original version
Comment: "Love tom kha gai soup! Note to self: Subbed shrimp for chicken, spiralized zucchini for a noodle effect. "
Mar 24, 2015


from Lisa for the vegetarian version
Comment: "I was skeptical as I tasted this soup along the way of preparation, but once the soup was done, with the addition of the cilantro and lime, it is heavenly. I used chicken stock and fish sauce but made the veggie version. "
Mar 24, 2015


from Kendra for the original version
Mar 24, 2015


from Megan for the gluten free version
Mar 24, 2015


from Jessie for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Served over rice- delicious! 5 year old gobbled this one! "
Mar 23, 2015


from Sara for the original version
Comment: "This turned out great. Very easy and it was at least as good as any Tom Kha Gai I've ordered in restaurants. Zucchini is not a veg I typically get excited about but I thought it was really tasty in this-- a nice way to sneak in extra veg. I might try this with shrimp next time."
Mar 22, 2015


from Nichole for the original version
Mar 22, 2015


from Dena for the original version
Comment: "So flavorful! It was a real winner at our house."
Mar 21, 2015


from Jaime for the vegetarian version
Mar 20, 2015


from Jeremy for the original version
Mar 20, 2015


from Michelle for the original version
Mar 20, 2015


from Joanna for the original version
Comment: "This was tasty but next time I will cut the zuchini smaller (there were huge slices) and I wasn't sure how to mash the lemon grass so we sliced it and that wasn't ideal. "
Mar 19, 2015


from Alex for the original version
Mar 19, 2015


from Parin for the gluten free version
Mar 19, 2015


from Jessalyn for the paleo version
Mar 19, 2015


from Molly for the original version
Comment: "I added rice noodles "
Mar 19, 2015


from Mike for the vegetarian version
Mar 18, 2015


from Amanda for the original version
Comment: "This was sooooo good! My store didn't have lemongrass so I bought this savory thai flavor stuff I found in my produce section, it had lemongrass in it so I figured it was close enough. I cannot wait to make this again. "
Mar 18, 2015


from Kari for the original version
Mar 17, 2015


from Justin for the original version
Mar 17, 2015


from Teresa for the original version
Comment: "Excellent! I kept out the tomatoes and added extra hot sauce. "
Mar 17, 2015


from Kristi for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Delicious!!! Added broccoli and green beans. "
Mar 17, 2015


from Stephanie for the gluten free version
Mar 17, 2015


from Katherine for the original version
Mar 16, 2015


from Rachel for the original version
Mar 16, 2015


from Dean for the paleo version
Mar 16, 2015


from Nori for the original version
Mar 16, 2015


from Megan for the original version
Mar 16, 2015


from Cori for the original version
Mar 16, 2015


from Katie for the original version
Mar 16, 2015


from Marabeth for the original version
Comment: "Can have a favorite favorite? If so, this is mine!"
Mar 15, 2015


from Jenny for the original version
Comment: "So amazing. Loved it so much. Great flavors"
Mar 15, 2015


from Rosemary for the original version
Mar 15, 2015


from Sally and Charles for the original version
Mar 15, 2015


from Taylor for the original version
Mar 14, 2015


from Loretta for the paleo version
Mar 14, 2015


from Myrta for the paleo version
Mar 14, 2015


from Lucas for the original version
Comment: "Not a favorite, but good. The lemongrass (love the flavor ) was a bit distracting for the spouse, so next time, I'll probably keep the stalks whole to remove easier before serving. Still very woody. Indifferent on the slices of tomatoes. Probably would taste better if simmered longer, as most soups do. Note: go to an Asian market for the lemongrass. I paid less than $1 for all 3 stalks vs $3 per stalk at a box store. "
Mar 14, 2015


from Brad for the original version
Mar 14, 2015


from Bethany for the original version
Mar 13, 2015


from Amanda for the original version
Comment: "So good! Will be making this with tofu and shrimp next time!"
Mar 13, 2015


from Amelia for the original version
Mar 13, 2015


from Bunny for the paleo version
Comment: "I'd love to cook this again!"
Mar 13, 2015


from Danielle for the original version
Comment: "Leftovers didn't exist. :)"
Mar 13, 2015


from Dana for the original version
Mar 13, 2015


from Deb for the original version
Mar 12, 2015


from Guillaume for the original version
Mar 12, 2015


from Kristen for the original version
Comment: "Loved this. "
Mar 12, 2015


from Laurie for the original version
Comment: "Loved this recipe! It was better than going to a Thai restaurant."
Mar 12, 2015


from Abby for the original version
Mar 12, 2015


from Danielle for the vegetarian version
Mar 12, 2015


from Mariah for the original version
Mar 12, 2015


from Rebecca for the original version
Mar 12, 2015


from Katherine for the gluten free version
Comment: "Really delicious, but it took my husband way more than 30 minutes to prepare. We are finding the "active" and "total" times way off unless one does all the prep on the weekend ahead of time. It's a little misleading when you are looking at the recipe and doing the whole thing at once."
Mar 12, 2015


from Shannon for the original version
Comment: "I was surprised how good this was. We used leftover rotisserie chicken which made it really easy and full fat coconut milk which made it really delicious. "
Mar 12, 2015


from Richard for the original version
Mar 12, 2015


from Katelin for the original version
Comment: "So delicious! I left out the tomatoes, but I can't wait to make it again this summer with zucchini and tomatoes from our garden. "
Mar 12, 2015


from Lyvia for the original version
Mar 12, 2015


from Kyler for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Delicious! Used mushrooms, zucchini and tofu - extra garlic and lemongrass. Didn't have room in the pot for tomatoes. Ate it as a soup without rice. Toddler loved it too!"
Mar 12, 2015


from Justyne for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Sebastien for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Nicole for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Kirsten for the vegetarian version
Mar 11, 2015


from Rita for the paleo version
Mar 11, 2015


from Richard for the original version
Comment: "Next time making with shrimp and rice noodles. Added red pepper flakes instead of hot sauce. Delicious!"
Mar 11, 2015


from Alice for the paleo version
Mar 11, 2015


from Menna for the original version
Comment: "We used shrimp and it was delicious. The lemongrass really gave it a great flavor. I did have to use a bit more broth."
Mar 11, 2015


from Jacqui for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Matt for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Brandon for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Liane for the paleo version
Mar 11, 2015


from Cheryl for the original version
Comment: "Perfection!"
Mar 11, 2015


from Lauren for the original version
Comment: "Delicious! I ended up adding 4 cups of broth instead of 3. Husband had his over cooked white rice, would also be good with cooked rice noodles. Next time I think I'll chop the tomatoes instead of slice so they are easier to eat with a soup spoon. Added a bit of soy sauce and sriracha at the table. Yum!"
Mar 11, 2015


from Rachel for the vegetarian version
Mar 11, 2015


from Alice for the vegetarian version
Mar 11, 2015


from Becky for the original version
Comment: "I would never have thought to cook something like this before cooksmarts. Loved how well the ingredients worked together. Used soy sauce instead of fish sauce and still tasted amazing."
Mar 11, 2015


from Katy for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Liz for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Alina for the paleo version
Comment: "Amazing. Next time will add some curry paste for more flavor. "
Mar 11, 2015


from Michelle for the paleo version
Comment: "This was delicious! Next time, I will use a little less Stevia. The sweetness was a little overpowering but that's just how Stevia can be. I'd rather err on the side of caution next time. Otherwise, fantastic!"
Mar 11, 2015


from Natalie for the gluten free version
Comment: "Way too salty! And not tart enough for Tom Kha Gai soup. "
Mar 11, 2015


from Heather for the original version
Comment: "Holy cow, this was fantastic. Now all I have to do is perfect my curry dishes, and I won't ever have to order out again! My Korean mother in law raved about this, so I know it was good ;)"
Mar 11, 2015


from Natividad for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Brianna for the original version
Comment: "The only thing is I don't think I did the lemon grass right cause I'm getting some of the sticks caught in my teeth but great other than that!"
Mar 11, 2015


from Carrie for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Angela for the original version
Comment: "Honestly, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this much. It was SO delicious! Time consuming with all the chopping but so worth it! Our bellies are very happy tonight :). "
Mar 11, 2015


from Scott for the original version
Mar 11, 2015


from Meryl for the original version
Comment: "This is basically the best. Friend wants to make love to it. Subbed green peppers for mushrooms, and added a tablespoon of green curry paste. Boiled the curry paste in a few ladles of broth and then reintroduced to the pot."
Mar 11, 2015


from Hilary for the paleo version
Comment: "I loved this, although the bf couldn't get past the fish sauce smell and ultimately went for pasta himself. Next time I'll have to do better on the lemongrass - this was my first time using it and it turned out far too woody textured (like trying to chew a corn husk)! Would make again."
Mar 10, 2015


from Danielle for the original version
Comment: "I didn't have the lemongrass and it was still delicious!"
Mar 10, 2015


from Miguel for the vegetarian version
Mar 10, 2015


from Alexandria for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Megan for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from James for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Sarah for the paleo version
Mar 10, 2015


from Laura for the original version
Comment: "This was very good! I added in some spinach at the last minute that I needed to use and that was a great addition. I would probably add a couple extra tomatoes next time as well."
Mar 10, 2015


from Becky for the original version
Comment: "Delicious flavors and so easy to make! Can't wait to make it again."
Mar 10, 2015


from Bess for the paleo version
Comment: "so good! will try with shrimp instead of chicken next time"
Mar 10, 2015


from Lindsey for the original version
Comment: "I loved it but my husband doesn't like coconut, and in this one the coconut milk is very evident (as opposed to previous coconut milk dishes). "
Mar 10, 2015


from Marie for the original version
Comment: "Very tasty! Next time I will use tofu rather than chicken and I'll make sure to chop everything before I start cooking. Otherwise its a race to not burn the bottom of the Dutch oven. Expensive dish, but I plan on going to my local Asian market next time so that I can get all the key ingredients at a lower cost. Lemongrass at Whole Foods was $3 a stalk! We only bought one stalk and soup was plenty fragrant and still offered distinctive lemongrass flavor. Might sub red peppers for zucchini next time around. I especially enjoy broth so I added another cup of chicken stock and added some additional fish sauce. If splurging, this would be amazing with shrimp. Ate this with jasmine rice on the side. If you enjoy Tom Yum soup at your local Thai restaurant, you will enjoy this dish! Note: very salty -- your body will crave something sweet after this. I recommend ending this meal with a piece of dark chocolate! "
Mar 10, 2015


from Kiera for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Grace for the paleo version
Comment: "Everybody liked and it was easy and quick to make"
Mar 10, 2015


from Susan for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Joy for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Marnie for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from ben for the vegetarian version
Mar 10, 2015


from Caroline for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Nathan for the gluten free version
Mar 10, 2015


from Sarah for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Tracy for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Andrea for the original version
Comment: "This was fantastic! My husband was dying with the fish oil smell when I started cooking but was asking for seconds when it was all said and done. Definitely a favorite! "
Mar 10, 2015


from Jaime for the paleo version
Comment: "I really liked this. I didn't use any sweetener in it and it was still good. I also made the zucchini into noodles instead of just slicing them. Will make again!"
Mar 10, 2015


from Alexis for the original version
Comment: "I don't eat tomatoes in March and my husband "doesn't believe" in mushrooms, so I subbed sliced red pepper and diced sweet potato. Also, maybe you folks on the West Coast (best coast?) are swimming in the stuff, but here in NYC lemongrass is much harder to come by. Whole Foods had some dried in the spice aisle, so I let that steep in the hot broth and it seemed to work great. We both had seconds!"
Mar 10, 2015


from Courtney for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Dara for the original version
Comment: "Three and a half stars--I thought it was 4 stars, and my husband said 3. He thought it needed to be a little sweeter, but we both enjoyed it."
Mar 10, 2015


from Sarah for the gluten free version
Comment: "My husband despises mushrooms so I double the zucchini. Very tasty!"
Mar 10, 2015


from Genevieve for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Ramsey for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from michele for the original version
Comment: "We loved this. So good and simple to make."
Mar 10, 2015


from Susan for the gluten free version
Mar 10, 2015


from Gabriel for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from sandra for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Jenny for the original version
Comment: "We and our toddler loved this. Thank you!"
Mar 10, 2015


from Kit for the paleo version
Mar 10, 2015


from Candice for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Melissa for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Dan for the original version
Mar 10, 2015


from Carrie for the original version
Comment: "Excellent! Added a little extra fish sauce and a few squirts of Sriracha. A+"
Mar 10, 2015


from Hollie for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from susan for the paleo version
Comment: "Sooo yummy"
Mar 09, 2015


from Christopher for the paleo version
Mar 09, 2015


from Nadeen for the original version
Comment: "It is a shame there aren't 5 stars because this dish deserves it. Love the variety of flavors in the soup. This is a keeper -- update: can I please give this 6 stars? Thought it was great the other night but just reheated the leftovers for lunch. Even better..really... "
Mar 09, 2015


from Meghann for the original version
Comment: "We added thinly sliced carrot because we didn't have any zucchini and some rice on the side to make it more filling. The whole family loved it! "
Mar 09, 2015


from Tyler for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from January for the original version
Comment: "Winner winner, chicken soup dinner! Husband loved it, daughter liked it!"
Mar 09, 2015


from Eva for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from Amanda for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from Shawn for the gluten free version
Mar 09, 2015


from Jessica for the paleo version
Mar 09, 2015


from Jessica L. for the paleo version
Comment: "Careful on the stevia/sweetner...can over power the delicate coconut.Preschooler begged for seconds. "
Mar 09, 2015


from Sarah for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from Kathy. for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from Cody for the paleo version
Comment: "Very east and extremely delicious. New favorite"
Mar 09, 2015


from Emily for the gluten free version
Mar 09, 2015


from Nicole for the original version
Comment: "This was insanely delicious, and one of our absolute FAVOURITE recipes from this site. This is something I'll be making again soon - I can't believe how good it was for relatively little work. We used maple syrup instead of brown sugar, soy sauce instead of fish sauce, and skipped the tomatoes. I've never cooked with lemongrass before, and the linked video was very helpful!"
Mar 09, 2015


from Danetta for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from Stephanie for the original version
Comment: "This broth was so delicious. My 5 year old loved it. I will use more veggies next time, too. Adding lime and jalapeno at the end was perfect!"
Mar 09, 2015


from Melissa for the original version
Mar 09, 2015


from Teresa for the paleo version
Comment: "Very Very Very delicious. I like it spicy... so added Sriracha. Yummy and paleo and low cal. A triple threat! "
Mar 09, 2015


from April for the original version
Mar 08, 2015


from Julie for the original version
Comment: "We loved this soup. Very easy and great kick. Next time I'll try the vegetarian version."
Mar 08, 2015


from Julie for the original version
Mar 08, 2015


from Zachary for the vegetarian version
Comment: "Surprised at how good it was; the mix of flavors and textures was wonderful. Will be making it again soon!"
Mar 08, 2015


from Jessica for the original version
Comment: "I'll definitely be adding this to other weeks menus from the archives. Easy to make and a real crowd pleaser."
Mar 08, 2015


from Christoffer for the original version
Comment: "Wow, that was surprisingly delicious!"
Mar 08, 2015


from Misty (me) for the vegetarian version
Mar 08, 2015


from Alana for the vegetarian version
Mar 07, 2015


from Liz for the original version
Comment: "Next time I make it, I'll use a lot more vegetables. They were the best part. I was skeptical about zuchinni and tomatoes in this, but I really liked them. Very easy to make and fast - great recipe."
Mar 07, 2015