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Monday, February 7, 2011

Brazilian Shrimp Soup

Brazilian Shrimp Soup - Seriously Soupy
I first learned about this quick soup recipe from my run-down about National Soup Month. I loved how easy it seemed - but also how it packed a punch of flavors from the creamy coconut milk and the spicy red-pepper flakes. I didn't have any rice, so that part was omitted but I still found it to be a hearty and satisfying soup that did fine without the starch. The recipe can also include okra - as a traditional addition to the soup. Enjoy!

Brazilian Shrimp Soup
Recipe from Food and Wine
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup long-grain rice
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (from one 15-ounce can)
5 cups water
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and cut in half horizontally
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

    1.    In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.
    2.    Add the rice, red-pepper flakes, salt, tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 10 minutes.
    3.    Stir the coconut milk into the soup. Bring back to a simmer and then stir in the shrimp. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just done, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the black pepper, lemon juice, and parsley.

Variation Instead of the shrimp, use one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about three), cut crosswise into quarter-inch strips. Cook for the same amount of time.

What soups from Brazil have you made?
 Seriously Soupy Serena


  1. Thanks for posting this. I had followed a link on CNN for this exact recipe, which I made Sunday. I followed it to the letter, and it turned out bland and unappealing. Unsure of the reason and I was so disappointed.

  2. Oh really? Didn't realize it was on CNN, too. I added a little more lemon and pepper than was indicated on the recipe. Do you have any leftover? Maybe try that or add some red pepper flakes for to keep kick the soup up...

  3. Thanks! I ended up adding a bunch of fresh basil, more red pepper, and some hot sauce and my husband said it was better.

  4. Love this soup recipe, must get some shrimp this week. Thanks

  5. Yeah Really colorful and lovely its recipe . i like Brazilian Shrimp Soup and very tested its food.Great idea for Brazilian Soup and nice details shared in the post.....

  6. @Dejavucook - I think you would really like this one.

    @Romantic Dinner Bruges - Thank you! Have you tried a similar recipe?