Kaffir Lime Soup

I had a version of this soup years ago in a restaurant in Miami. It was a 3 day stay and we went back to the restaurant twice to have it. I loved it and recreating it led to a lot of research when I got home. I worked on it over time, discovering that I can get fresh kaffir lime leaves and Savoy coconut cream at United Noodles in Minneapolis. I can also get both products on line through Amazon. Savoy coconut cream doesn’t have added sugar - which the soup doesn’t need. (I rarely use coconut milk anymore - that’s how much I like coconut cream.) Coconut milk will work, but it is thinner and doesn’t add the same type of creaminess. Kaffir lime leaves freeze very well.

If I serve it over sushi rice, I add a little sushi vinegar to the rice to add some tang. Although this is a great summer soup, I thought it would be a good recipe to post now that we’re in the dead of winter. It will warm you up!

Yield: 6

Kaffir Lime Soup

prep time: 15 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 25 mins

It takes more time to prep for this soup than it does to actually cook it. The combination of the lime, juice and leaves, ginger root, lemongrass, and fish sauce gives it an intoxicating flavor. The coconut cream finishes it off beautifully giving it a creamy quality even though the soup is quite thin.


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, cut in strips
  • 4 2-inch pieces fresh lemongrass 
  • 1 1/2 inches ginger root, peeled and sliced thinly 
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 organic chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces coconut cream
  • 4 small red chile peppers


  1. Heat the stock in a 4 quart saucepan.  Before boiling, add the lime leaves, lemongrass, ginger root, fish sauce, and lime juice.  Stir thoroughly and bring to a boil. 
  2. Add the chicken, coconut cream, and chili peppers.  Bring back to a boil.  Lower heat to a simmer for about 2 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Serve over jasmine or sushi rice.  


If you have cooked chicken on hand, use that instead of raw chicken.
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Laura Bonicelli