Shrimp and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk Broth

"This recipe comes from an issue of Cooking Light. A co-worker came in several times and heated up this wonderful scented soup. He finally brought the recipe in and it is just so tasty. The lime juice gives it a little tang, the coconut milk and cilantro give it a light and fresh taste, and the shrimp and squash make it filling. Chicken or firm water-packed tofu can be used in place of the shrimp."
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  • Combine chicken broth, brown sugar, salt, tomato paste, crushed red pepper, black pepper and coconut milk in a large saucepan and stir with a whisk.
  • Stir in squash and bell peppers.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until squash is tender.
  • Stir in shrimp.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until shrimp are done; stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in rice, lime juice, and cilantro. Heat for 2 minutes.
  • Serve!

Questions & Replies

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  1. Sangeetha M.
    Can this be frozen for later use?


  1. sillyjodes
    So good!! I broiled some pressed and cubes tofu and used veggie broth to make this soup vegan. My hubby's loved it! I did too!
  2. teresas
    We just loved this. You could taste all the different flavors without any of them being overwhelming. This is so quick and easy to prepare. I would be proud to serve this to company. Thanks for posting. :)
  3. Tasha P.
    Very good and simple. I normally hate the taste of the red pepper but it mixed nicely with the other flavors to make a basic curry flavor. I added garlic and ginger and more rice.
  4. Lora F.
    This was amazing! Doesn't need any tweaks but since I only had powdered coconut milk I made due with that! Dang good & can't wait to make it for others! Might have to double the recipe. Yummy!
  5. whtbxrmom
    I left the shrimp whole, as my daughter isn't always a fan. I thought it would be easier for her to pick out. I had to use white rice and dried cilantro because that is what I had on hand. Otherwise, I followed the recipe.


  1. candnpi
    I made it on my husband's birthday and we loved it! Added sauteed onion and ginger as someone suggested. I spooned some Jasmine rice in bowls and ladled the shrimp mixture over, then topped with a bit more rice. The cilantro is a must! Thanks for this recipe. I'm going to try it with tofu instead of shrimp.
  2. Gidget265
    Excellent. What a great use for butternut squash! Made it for a friend for dinner and she said she'd make it EXACTLY the same way next time. No improvement needed. I'd make sure I had fresh cilantro next time (as opposed to dried), more red peppers and a bit more onion *(yes, onion!).... Seems I can't keep myself from continually changing and modifying recipes!! Thanks so much. OK - made it again and the we REALLY liked the result. Changes: 1 plum tomato instead of paste, white sugar instead of brown, and used seafood broth instead of chicken - in making the rice and in the soup itself. Added 1/2 Tsp red pepper flakes AND about 1 tsp Bangkok seasoning. I also used dried cilantro (3 tsp). It was a bit spicier the 2nd time and I liked it even more! -- YUUUMY. This will go into regular rotation. BTW it is appx 8 WW plus points if you have 4 large servings.... (!)
  3. Mauimaidenchef
    This was delicious.Very simple to prepare, with healthy ingredients. I added 2 tsp brwn sugar instead of 1.5, cut back a little on the lime juice, and it was perfect. Has a Thai taste to it.


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