Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Spicy Thai Lobster Soup

Sorry for the delay in posting to the blog! Like many of you, the month of December flew by and before I even realized it, the holidays were here.  I am now able to breath calmly again and decided to share an awesome recipe that I created for a spicy Thai lobster soup that we're having tonight.  It's full of flavour, super easy to make, and this soup really "warms the belly"- especially on a cold winter day!

About 2 lbs of lobster meat (I like a lot of lobster in it, but you can reduce as you see fit. If you don't have access to lobster, then you can substitute with shrimp- just use uncooked shrimp and toss them in after you've added your stock-- not before-- otherwise they will overcook)
1/2 bell pepper of your choice (I like orange or red)
1/2 sweet yellow onion
1 lime
6 large button mushrooms
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 seasoning pack of Thai red chili (or about 3 tbsp of Thai red chili paste if you have it in a jar)
6 cups of stock (I used low sodium chicken stock, you could use fish stock or veggie stock if you prefer)
2 cans of coconut milk (I like the full fat version for maximum flavour). I often find coconut milk in the international foods section of the grocery store
Fresh cilantro and basil leaves if you have access to them (if not, you can skip this part)

1) Chop up lobster into bite-sized pieces (if your lobster is cooked or uncooked, it doesn't matter- it will cook in the soup).  We are so lucky to live in Nova Scotia- we have a winter lobster season which means extra flavourful lobster from the ice cold water this time of year.

2) Slice bell pepper into very thin strips
3) Dice onion into small pieces
4) Slice mushrooms into thin pieces
5) Heat oil in a dutch oven pot (or non-stick soup pot) at medium-high heat; add vegetables from above, stir them around until they soften (about 3-5 minutes)
6) Carefully add spice paste to the mixture- be careful not to get any on your hands (if that happens, give them a very thorough wash with soap and water. You don't want to transfer the spice paste into your eye, trust me).  Sautee vegetable mixture with the spice paste. Add a tiny splash of oil if the mixture seems dry.  It will help to work the paste into the vegetables. Sautee for about 3 minutes.  It should be fragrant.

7) Add lobster and sautee for another 5 minutes.  Then, add your stock and let it cook together with the cover on for about 15 minutes at medium heat.

8) Reduce heat to low, add coconut milk, and stir everything really well.  Let simmer for another 10 minutes or so.
9) Toss in leaves of cilantro and torn up pieces of basil. Add lime zest and juice from the lime. Stir everything together.

10) You can keep it simmering on the stove until you're ready to eat or let it cool and then refrigerate until you're ready to eat it. It heats up well on the stove or in a microwave.  Enjoy!

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