Garlic Shrimp Soup

Healthy Balance Quick and Easy Whole30

Garlic Shrimp Soup

I love soup, but admit, the soup pot doesn’t come out as often as it should.  I’ve always had it in my head that soup has to sit and simmer for a long time, even though I now know it’s not true.  Know what else also isn’t true?  That soup is for cold weather!  There are plenty of great spring and supper soups, and this is one of them.





Dish Type



30 minutes


This recipe is

Whole 30             3 WW Freestyle Points                  Under 30 minutes            Keto       Paleo

Gluten Free        Dairy Free                          



  • 1 1/4 lbs. peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt (omit for Paleo)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed



  • In medium pot, heat oil on medium-low heat. Add red peppers and sauté until soft (4 minutes).
  • Add green onion whites, 1/4 cup cilantro, garlic and red pepper flakes, cook 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, coconut milk and 1/4 tsp salt, increase heat and bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low about 10 minutes to let the flavors blend and to thicken the sauce.
  • Add shrimp and cook 5 to 6 minutes, until opaque and cooked through.
  • Add lime juice.
  • To serve, divide equally among 4 bowls, about 1 1/4 cups then top with green onions and cilantro.
 Ingredients for the Garlic Shrimp Soup
A few years ago, a friend of mine brought this to a pot luck I hosted.  It was the hit of the party, and everyone demanded a copy of the recipe.  Not only is it delicious, but it’s easy, incredibly filling, and only requires a few ingredients.
Red Peppers sauteing in pot 
In medium pot, heat oil on medium-low heat. Add red peppers to the hot oil and sauté until soft, about four minutes. 
Onions and Seasoning added to peppers 
Add the whites of the green onions, 1/4 cup of the cilantro, garlic, and red pepper flakes if using.  Stir and cook until fragrant, about one minute.
Wet ingredients added to soup.
Next, it’s time to add the wet, or wetter, ingredients.  After all, this is a soup.  Add the tomatoes, coconut milk, and 1/4 tsp salt if using.  Increase the heat and bring to a boil.  Cover the soup and simmer on low for about 10 minutes to let the flavors blend and to thicken the soup.
Shrimp cooking in soup
Add shrimp and cook until cooked through, about five to six minutes.  Stir in lime juice.
To serve, transfer to serving dish and garnish with green onions and cilantro.
Want to bulk the soup up a bit?  While soup is simmering, cook up some rice or cauliflower rice.  Serve soup over rice.


Love shrimp?  Check out our Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp  and our Spinach Pesto Skewers recipes!

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