Recipe courtesy of Jitlada

Tom Yum Seafood Soup

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 chunk galangal

1 stalk lemongrass 

1 tomato, plus more for garnish 

Handful fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish 

4 scallops

4 shrimp, peeled 

3 pieces squid 

2 fillets red snapper

2 mussels 

10 kaffir lime leaves 

10 straw mushrooms 

6 to 10 red or green Thai chiles 

3 tablespoons fish sauce 

2 tablespoons lime juice 

1 tablespoon prik pao (Thai chili paste with soybean oil)

1 teaspoon sugar 


  1. Bring about 2 liters of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Pour another 2 liters of water into a separate pot and bring to a boil (for flash steaming the seafood).
  3. While waiting for the water to boil, chop up the galangal, lemongrass, tomato, cilantro, scallops, shrimp, squid, snapper and mussels.
  4. Once the water in the first pot comes to boil, add the lime leaves, mushrooms, chiles, galangal and lemongrass and stir. Immediately after, add the fish sauce, lime juice, prik pao and sugar. Let the broth simmer.
  5. Flash-steam the seafood in the other pot for approximately 1 minute. Add the seafood to the main pot, stir and boil for about 5 minutes.
  6. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with some tomato and cilantro.