Paleo Tom Yum

A few weeks, on a sunny Okinawan spring day, I bought my sister and her daughter airline tickets to come visit our beautiful island.  The next day it rained.  The following day: it rained.  It has rained every single day since.  This years rainy season has been no joke!!!!

Along with the rain came my yearly cold, and this one has been a woozie.  It started first thing in the morning: head congestion and a headache.  I used my sick leave for actually being sick… crazy, I know!

All I could think about the first day of being sick was Thai food.  My husband and I went to Jai Thai in American Village.  I had Thom Yum soup.  The next day we went to a little place off of 329 that my girlfriend, Melissa, suggested: Aridoi.  I had Thom Yum Soup and ordered another one to go… for dinner.  Today, sick and in the rain, I checked my mail… Kaffir Lime Leaves.

I ran home, googled: Paleo Thai Tom Yum Soup.  The first recipe I clicked on, proudly called: Paleo Thai Tom Yum Soup, had sugar in it.  Hmm.  The other recipes had coconut milk.  The soup that I have been living off of for the past three days did not have coconut milk (trust me… I love me some coconut milk)!!!

Then it hit me: take out the Paleo.  BOOM!  Recipes galore… 2 million, 2 hundred and 90 thousand links.  I made two batches, the first one was ok.  I brought it into my husbands work as an “I’m sorry for getting you sick” gift.  His coworker/bestie gave me a thumbs up.  Heres the recipe for the second batch:

Tom Yum

  • 1/2 box organic chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 T fish sauce
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 2 T zested ginger
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves (
  • 1 T chili garlic sauce
  • 4 peppers (next time Ill use fresh)
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass

Combine the ingredients above until it comes to a boil, then turn down the heat a bit and let it simmer for 30 minutes.   Then add the last three ingredients.

  • 1 bag of shrimp (thawed)
  • 1 can of straw mushrooms
  • 1/s can water chestnuts (for my bestie Erica)
  • 2 tomatoes- quartered
  • 1 lime- juiced
  • 1 handfull chopped cilantro
Ingredient "round up"

Ingredient “round up”

Tom Yum

Tom Yum

This recipe does not produce a particular spicy soup- my husband added Sriracha on his.  Get spicy!



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