Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

by Kristen on November 27, 2013

Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you for what feels like ages now. You see, here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. After our big turkey dinner I was left with the remains of a deliciously roasted 14 pound bird. I made some homemade turkey stock but didn’t feel like the usual turkey soup recipe.

It was actually my very handsome (and awesomely creative in the kitchen) man who came up with the idea for Thai Coconut Turkey Soup.

Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

I know it might seem a little strange to put turkey in Thai food but since it is a whole lot like chicken, just way more flavourful, it totally works. And if you want to make this when you don’t have a ton of leftover turkey to try to figure out what to do with, you can easily turn this into Thai coconut chicken soup. Bada bing bada pow. Two soups in one.

And did I mention that I was eating this (or actually taking pictures of this) less than a half hour after I started making it? It’s one of those perfect I-don’t-want-to-cook-since-I’ve-just-spent-a-bazillion-hours-cooking-Thanksgiving-dinner kind of recipes.


Thai Coconut Turkey Soup

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5.0 from 4 reviews
Thai Coconut Turkey Soup
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Serves: 2-4
  • A small splash of oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • A big handful of shiitake mushrooms, cut in half
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, julienned
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cups turkey stock (can substitute chicken stock)
  • 1 cup shredded cooked turkey (or chicken) meat
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • 1½ tablespoons good quality green Thai curry paste*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 handfuls of sprouts
  • Salt to taste
  • A small handful of cilantro
  • Optional: a good squirt of sriracha
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onions and cook till they begin to soften. Add shiitake mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they are soft. Add garlic, ginger and cherry tomatoes and cook for 1 more minute.
  2. Add turkey stock, turkey meat, coconut milk, good quality curry paste* and soy sauce. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add bell pepper and sprouts.
  4. Taste and add salt as necessary. (If you've made your own turkey stock and haven't salted it you will need to add a fair bit here.)
  5. Pour into large bowls and garnish with cilantro and optional sriracha.
*I always use Amoy or Mei Jin Thai curry pastes and both are excellent.

The only brand that I have tried but wouldn't recommend for this recipe is Thai Kitchen as it is spicy but not very flavourful.

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This looks great. I get stuck with what to make aside form boring regular turkey soup and mountains of turkey sandwiches. Will be making this come Sunday.


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

This is such a great way to use up turkey leftovers!



Thanks, Chung-Ah!


Stephen Bernard

My sister whipped up this recipe while I was visiting her this past week. Lovely, colorful and delicious soup. I used to buy Thai soups, but this is way better. I will be making it very soon



Nice – Would love to share with all my foodie friends – If you’re interested then head over to FoodFotoGallery dot com and submit one of your food photos (without watermarks, please).



I’m a huge fan of Thai food (turkey and soup). This soup was bursting with flavour and freshness. It was the first time I’d ever cooked with shiitake mushrooms. The vendor at Kin’s said to soak the fresh mushrooms for awhile and add the water they were soaked in, to the soup as well…so I did. I’m in a soup club at work and have made and enjoyed many fabulous soups. I will be making this one for our group and they will love it. Thanks for the outstanding recipe!



I’m so happy you like the recipe! It is one of my personal favs.

Great tip about soaking the mushrooms. I’ve never done that before but will try it next time for sure!


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