Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup Recipe
Photo: Beatriz Da Costa

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 81 mg
Calories 409
Caloriesfromfat 69 %
Carbohydrate 30 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Fat 32 g
Fiber 6 g
Iron 5 mg
Protein 7 mg
Satfat 21 g
Sodium 624 mg


1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 large potatoes), rinsed
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon red curry paste (found in the international section of markets)
1 15-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs


Preheat oven to 400° F. Put the sweet potatoes on an oven rack and bake for 50 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and let cool. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the onion and ginger until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk and broth and gently bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, partially cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Skin the potatoes and cut into 1-inch chunks. Add the potatoes to the soup and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and salt. Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Drizzle the sesame oil evenly over the servings. Garnish with the cilantro.