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Cambodian Shrimp and Lime Soup

Cambodian Shrimp and Lime Soup

Cambodian Shrimp and Lime Soup

In a world where flavors mingle and combine to offer unique culinary experiences, Cambodian shrimp and lime soup stands out for its ability to transport our taste buds to distant and exotic lands. A true symphony of flavors, this soup wonderfully illustrates the richness and diversity of Khmer cuisine.
Imagine yourself for a moment in a bustling market in Phnom Penh, where the stalls are overflowing with fresh, colorful produce. This is where our taste journey begins, with simple yet powerful ingredients: fresh ginger, fragrant lemongrass, delicate shallots and tangy garlic cloves. Each of these elements plays a crucial role, bringing depth and complexity to the base of this soup.
Chicken broth, enriched with velvety coconut milk, forms the heart of this preparation. It generously welcomes the spicy and aromatic notes of ginger and lemongrass, creating a perfect harmony between sweetness and spiciness. It is this delicate contrast that makes all the magic of this soup: each spoonful is an explosion of flavors, where you go from the creaminess of coconut milk to the lively freshness of lime.
The shrimp, the stars of this dish, bring a maritime touch reminiscent of the generous coasts of Cambodia. Carefully shelled but retaining their tails for an elegant presentation, they cook slowly in the broth, absorbing all the surrounding flavors while releasing their own essence. The firm, juicy texture of the shrimp contrasts wonderfully with the creamy broth, providing a complete sensory experience.
And what about the fresh herbs, those final touches of chives and coriander, which enhance everything? They add not only color but also unparalleled freshness, making each bowl of soup as beautiful to look at as it is to taste.
This Cambodian shrimp and lime soup is not just a dish, it is an invitation to discover a rich and fascinating culture through its culinary traditions. It’s a tribute to the sophisticated simplicity of Khmer cuisine, where every ingredient is celebrated and every flavor is highlighted. Savoring this soup, one not only tastes a blend of spices and herbs, but also the history and soul of Cambodia.
Prepare for an unforgettable taste journey, where each spoonful brings you a little closer to the sunny shores and vibrant markets of this magnificent country.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time25 min
  • number of persons4


  • 250g shrimp
  • 40g fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste
  • 2 shallots
  • 80cl of chicken broth
  • 2 limes
  • 40cl of coconut milk
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Fresh chives
  • Fresh coriander


Preparing the mango sauce


Peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices.


Peel the garlic and shallots. Finely slice the shallots.


Rinse the limes and cut them into quarters.


In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil.


Add the coconut milk, ginger slices, garlic, shallots and lemongrass.
If you can’t find lemongrass paste, you can use fresh or frozen lemongrass stalks, as long as you crush them to release their flavor.


Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, ensuring the mixture bubbles gently.


Peel the shrimp, leaving the tail intact for presentation.


Remove the intestinal canal by lightly cutting the back of the shrimp and carefully removing it.


Add the raw shrimp to the broth.


Let them cook for about 8 minutes, until they turn pink and opaque.


Finely chop the chives and coriander.


Add them to the soup just before serving to preserve their freshness and flavor.


Serve the soup hot in individual bowls.


Accompany each bowl with a wedge of lime to squeeze to taste.

Cambodian Shrimp and Lime SoupCambodian shrimp and lime soup is much more than just a dish: it is a true culinary escape that delights the senses and warms the heart. After tasting this fragrant broth and savoring the tenderness of the shrimp, it is time to conclude this gastronomic journey with a memorable finishing touch.
To accompany this soup, why not opt for a delicately scented jasmine rice? Its sweetness and aroma perfectly complement the rich and complex flavors of the soup. Serve it in small portions on the side, allowing everyone to incorporate it into the soup as they wish.
For an even more authentic experience, offer varied garnishes to add at the last moment: a few slices of fresh pepper for those who like spicy dishes, or pieces of sautéed mushrooms for additional texture. Each guest will be able to personalize their soup, making it even more special.
And don’t forget the lime! Offer everyone an extra quarter to squeeze directly into the bowl, thus enhancing the freshness and acidity of the dish according to personal tastes.
In conclusion, enjoy this Cambodian shrimp and lime soup with your loved ones, share moments of conviviality and let yourself be transported by the exotic and captivating flavors of this recipe. Whether for a weekday dinner or a special occasion, this dish will impress and satisfy, reminding you with every bite of the beauty and richness of Cambodian cuisine.

Bon appetit and enjoy this delicious culinary journey!

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