Thai Corn Coconut Soup

Thai Corn Coconut Soup

I spent about 4 years working in a cubicle, so I know how it feels to be stuck at work while you see your friends living it up in the summer. I can imagine it’s even worse since we all check in to what other people are doing on Instagram.  Summer seems so out of reach when you’re sitting under florescent lighting, working on spreadsheets and trying to STAY WARM from the incessant air conditioner. It’s like… SUMMER??! WHAT SUMMER?  I’d give anything to be a bored 9 year old, playing bank with old Monopoly money on our summer vacations in Tahoe.

Here’s a soup that will help get you through the week at work. We exploit SUMMER CORN and make a beautiful Thai coconut soup with it. It’s both sweet and spicy as well as light and hearty. I’m pretty sure it would be great with an addition of rice (if you’d like to stretch it out even more) and some cold avocado. I might go crazy and serve it over rice with grilled shrimp on top! What do you say about that?

So if you’re stuck in cubicle land, you can bring the summer INTO your workspace with this soup. It’s sure to warm you up and make you appreciate the season’s best even if you’re sitting behind a desk with a view of your coworker’s crazy origami collection.

And we’re off!

I always keep a jar of this curry paste in my fridge. The green curry paste is great too!

We sweat onions and garlic in a large pot.

We stir in the red curry paste.

Then we add the coconut milk, the chicken stock and the corn and stir.

We bring the soup to a boil and then we simmer. We want to make sure the corn is fully cooked because we are going to puree it.

We bust out our immersion hand blender and BLEND.  You want to make sure there are no big corn chunks.

We want a smooth soup.

If you’d like to have some texture to your soup add more corn in!


  • Then we add the coconut milk, the chicken stock and the corn and stir.
  • After we cook the soup a little more with that corn, we season with salt & pepper and add some fresh lime to brighten up the flavor.
  • And then we get our GARNISH PARTY together!!
  • Soup goes into a bowl. I added fresh thai basil, jalapeño, and sriracha on top of mine.
  • Casey gets a nice splash of fish sauce in his.
  • I plan on stashing some in my freezer…
  • So I can have a taste of Summer when I really need it this Fall.
  • Thai Corn Coconut Soup
  • 1 glug olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 3 ears corn, shucked & divided (about 3 cups total)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1  15oz. can coconut milk
  • fresh lime juice
  • sea salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 5-7 thai basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, for serving
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño, thinly sliced, for serving
  • fish sauce, for serving
  • sriracha, for serving
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