Chris Cooks: Thai Tomato & Basil Soup

August 26, 2018  —  Written by Chris 

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Tomato basil soup is a classic, and always a staple around here when summer draws to a close. This version takes advantage of Thai ingredients that still work really well with the dish’s traditional flavors.

Thai Tomato & Basil Soup

Watch how to make this soup.

Thai Tomato & Basil Soup

A classic, dressed up with Thai flavors that might just turn this soup into a regular around your home. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: basil, soup, thai, tomato


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 stems lemon grass
  • 2-4 Thai chilis
  • 5 garlic cloves smashed, peeled, stems cut off
  • 2 280z cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk full fat
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 2 limes cut into wedges


  • In a large pot on medium low heat, add the butter and olive oil. While the butter melts, smash the lemon grass with the side of your knife to open it up, and make a slit through the middle of each Thai chili, while leaving the stem uncut, to open it up as well. 
  • Add the lemon grass, chilis, and smashed garlic cloves to the oil and sweat on medium low heat for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and add the crushed tomatoes. Immediately cover with a lid to avoid spatter. Once the spatter stops, remove the lid and stir. Put back on medium low heat and add the fish sauce and bone broth. Stir and cover, allowing to simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the lemon grass stems and chilis. Blend the soup together until smooth (either with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. if using a regular blender work in small batches and put everything back in the pot when done).
  • Add the coconut milk and stir. Bring to a simmer, add the fresh basil, stir and turn off the heat. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir before serving. It's encouraged for each person to squeeze a little lime into their bowl before eating. 
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What do you think?

  1. Dana says:

    Thanks for a vegetarian recipe (that’s easily vegan-able)! I love the new cooking posts and can’t wait to try this take on tomato soup!

  2. JG says:

    Where are you able to find Lemongrass? I’ve looked at a couple big box grocers but haven’t had any luck. I have a Trader Joe’s, Fresh Thyme, World Market and Fresh Market nearby and also an Asian market. Before I start going to store I thought I’d ask if you had any suggestions!

  3. JG says:

    Definitely making this soon! Love the recipe posts, keep ’em coming!

  4. Gaby says:

    This sounds amazing!! i can’t wait to get in the kitchen to try it!! I like that you use coconut milk instead of regular…we try to do gluten and lactose free in my family because I feel better when I eat this way.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Dana says:

    Def gonna try the Thai twist on the tomato basil soup. Yum! But those serving bowls!? (Swoon) Where are they from!?

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