Hot-and-Sour Prawn Soup

Hot-and-Sour Prawn Soup

2 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 50% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

A classic Thai seafood soup, also known as Tom Yam Kung.


1 pound raw king prawns; thawed if frozen
4 cups chicken stock; or water
3 lemongrass stalks; roots trimmed
10 kaffir lime leaves; torn in half
1 8-oz can straw mushrooms; drained
3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
4 tablespoons Fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons spring onion (scallion); chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
4 fresh red chilies,; seeded and thinly sliced
Salt and ground black pepper

Original recipe makes 4



Peel the prawns, reserving the shells. Devein the prawns and set aside. Rinse the shells under cold water, then put them in a large pan with the stock or water. Bring to a boil.

Bruise the lemongrass stalks and add them to the stock with half the lime leaves. Simmer gently for 5 to 6 minutes, until the stock is fragrant. Strain the stock, return it to the clean pan and reheat. Add the drained mushrooms and the prawns, then cook until the prawns turn pink.

Stir the fish sauce, lime juice, spring onion, cilantro, chilies, and the remaining lime leaves into the soup. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. The soup should be sour, salty, spicy and hot.

Serves 4 to 6

Alert editor   
Calories Per Serving: 335 Get detailed nutrition information, including line-by-line nutrition insights?  Try BigOven Pro for Free for 14 days!

Date My private notes
Add your own private notes with BigOven Pro!

Take your recipes anywhere

Save to your recipe box and bring to the store with free BigOven membership!

Recipe Links

Link in another recipe. What would you serve with this?

Comment on Hot-and-Sour Prawn Soup

Rating (optional):

sign in to add your comment

Get seasonal ideas by email


Comment or review

The flavors were fine. I might not have added enough spicy. Discovered I don't like citrus that much, so I personally didn't like it - I'll be sticking to my mom's recipe, tbh - but it was flavorful and simple.
lysanderish 2y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
catgurrl 10y ago

Add unlimited recipes. Remove ads. Custom folders. Find recipes for your diet. Try BigOven Pro Free