Shrimp is a versatile food that you can use in many different types of dishes. One of our favorites is a good bowl of shrimp soup. You’ll be surprised at how many variations there are for shrimp soup, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the tastiest shrimp soup recipes out there.
Get ready for Thai soup dishes, gumbo, curries, ramen noodle soups, and so much more. If you have some fresh or frozen shrimp sitting around — or want to make an extraordinary shrimp dish — try one of these tonight.
Shrimp soups are perfect for a chilly weeknight meal, a dinner with loved ones, or “just because.” Mix it up by using shrimp instead of your go-to meat.
Curl up with a warm bowl of healthy, delicious shrimp soup. Any of these recipes below will be sure to curb that craving for something comforting and good for you.
1. Easy Thai Shrimp Soup
If you love Thai takeout, you’ll swoon over this simple Thai shrimp soup dish.
Not only will you save money by skipping the takeout, but you’ll soon realize this is tastier (and healthier) than anything a restaurant makes!
It comes together in just 30 minutes (including cook time) and makes six servings. If you have a smaller household, that’s enough for a day or two of leftovers.
Butter, garlic, onion, ginger, red curry paste, and coconut milk come together for the perfect quick Thai dish.
2. Shrimp Creole Soup with Bacon and Cheddar Dumplings
What’s better than a warm and spicy Creole-style shrimp soup? One with cheddar cornmeal dumplings!
This soup is thinner than traditional shrimp creole with extra chicken or shrimp broth, and it has just the right amount of heat from Tabasco sauce.
While this type of soup is normally served with rice, you get dumplings instead that go right into the dish.
Also… bacon and cheddar dumplings — need we say more?! The entire dish warms your belly, heart, and soul.
3. Shrimp and Corn Soup
Light and satisfying at the same time, this soup will become your new favorite weeknight choice.
Enjoy shrimp, corn, potatoes, and bell peppers in a brothy soup. Sliced avocado on the top adds that extra touch of creaminess.
Because this recipe is one-pot and uses simple ingredients, it takes less than an hour to get on the table.
It’s all about the extra touches. The shrimp is seasoned and seared in the pot. Then you’ll saute the spices for a bit before cooking the veggies.
We’re ready to grab a bowl right now!
4. Sriracha Shrimp Ramen Noodle Soup
Ramen gets the makeover we’ve all been waiting for with shrimp, sriracha, and baby portobello mushrooms.
How much sriracha you use is up to you. Stick with a mild soup with just a dash, or add a generous spoonful (or two) for a great kick. It’s up to you, but you can’t go wrong either way.
You can use raw or frozen shrimp. If you want extra flavor in your broth, use cleaned tail-on shrimp. You’ll remove the tail before eating.
5. Thai Shrimp Soup with Coconut, Lemongrass, and Red Curry
Lemongrass is a favorite in Thai food cooking, and for a good reason — it adds a lemony, fragrant flavor you can’t compare to any other ingredient.
Lemongrass is used twice in this tasty Thai dish. First, one stalk is smashed and added to a simmering coconut milk broth. Then, you’ll slice the other stalk and saute it with the other spices.
The ingredients are simple and inexpensive, but the taste is on another level.
If you’re sensitive to spice, go a little easy on the red curry paste, but remember that it’s crucial for that classic Thai kick.
6. Spicy Shrimp Pho
Need a shrimp soup pho recipe that’s ready in under 30 minutes? Try this one any time of the week.
(By the way, pho is pronounced “fuh” — did you know?)
The shrimp combines chicken broth, cilantro, and fresh lime juice to take a unique Vietnamese pho dish.
Instead of rice noodles that you usually see in pho recipes, you’ll use whole wheat thin spaghetti noodles. You’ll also use cilantro and lime instead of the traditional star anise and cinnamon spices.
7. Tom Yum Soup
If shrimp and mushrooms are a match made in heaven for you, this soup will blow you away. It’s spicy, savory, and sour all at once.
Tom Yum is a traditional Thai dish, and this is a very authentic take on it.
If you want to make this with a different type of seafood, you can use squid or some other combination of seafood meats.
The secret ingredient is called “namprik pao,” also known as Thai roasted chili paste. That combined with the Thai spices is what makes this dish shine.
8. Spicy Shrimp Tortilla Soup
Tortilla soup is the ultimate comfort food, and this one with shrimp does not disappoint.
When you think about soups with shrimp, tortilla soup might not be first on your mind, but that’s what makes this recipe so good. It’s unexpected at first, but when you try it, you’ll want to make it all the time.
Plus, you can make it all in one pot and have it ready in 30 minutes or less. It doesn’t get much better than that!
9. Instant Pot Creamy Shrimp Soup
Looking for something a little richer and creamier in the shrimp soup department? Look no further than this soup!
It’s loaded with potatoes, and hearty veggies then served with a hefty amount of country bread. And did we mention you make it all in one pot?
Perfect for a cold night when you have a warm bowl of soup.
If the heavy cream feels like a little too much, you can use reduced-fat cream, half and half, evaporated milk, or light cream. You can also use coconut cream as a dairy-free option.
10. Spicy Shrimp Soup
Jumbo shrimp cooked in a chicken/seafood broth with garlic, jalapeno, herbs, and lime juice is all you need to know. This soup is an ideal weeknight bowl of warmth and flavor.
This is one of those shrimp dishes that you can enjoy any time of the year. It has a mid-level amount of spice, and you can adjust that by the amount of jalapeno you use.
There is one rule, though: don’t skimp on the butter! Use the full four tablespoons to get all of the flavors this soup has to offer.
11. Thai Shrimp Noodle Soup
Very few people will say “no” to a noodle dish with juicy shrimp and Thai spices.
Get ready for a kick of ginger, lemongrass, lime, and creamy coconut milk in each bit. And don’t forget the shrimp that cooks into the perfect texture.
Bok choy completes the dish by adding veggies and the perfect splash of color.
Make it in under 30 minutes for a quick and easy shrimp noodle soup dish. Everything cooks up quickly so that you can don’t spend forever in the kitchen.
12. Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup
Need more Thai shrimp ideas? This variation is spicy, sweet, salty, and sour. That’s a lot of tastiness for one dish, and that might make it the best.
Instead of noodles like other Thai dishes, you’ll use Napa cabbage! It’s a lighter option that adds more fiber and bulk. You’ll love the taste and texture.
Make it all in one pot with very little chopping or pre-involved. You know what that means: a quick and easy shrimp soup meal in no time!
13. Coconut Curry Soup with Shrimp
Make the ultimate coconut curry dish with simple ingredients like mushrooms, garlic, red curry paste, and ginger, plus the perfect amount of plump shrimp.
Mix up the vegetables if you’d like, and add noodles to make it a heartier meal.
Make sure you use whole-fat coconut milk, not the lighter versions. You want to enjoy all of the creaminess that comes from coconut in this soup.
Medium or large peeled and deveined shrimp are best. Remove the tails for extra convenience.
14. Tom Yum Goong Soup (Thai Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup)
Need a Thai-style hot and sour soup you can have on the table in just 20 minutes? You’ll get all of that and more with this one.
The heat comes from two bird’s eye chilis. Lemongrass, shallots, kaffir lime leaves, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms combine for the greatest Thai flavors.
Fish sauce and a little palm or brown sugar add the ideal amount of seafood taste and sweetness.
For extra shrimp flavor, simmer the shrimp shells in the broth for 10 minutes. You will not regret it!
15. Scallop and Shrimp Soup
This soup is the best choice if you want a lighter version of traditional seafood soups or chowders. It might be healthier, but it’s still full of deliciousness and the best spices.
Instead of heavy cream, it calls for Greek yogurt and milk. You’ll also use veggie broth and clam juice for a healthy base.
You’ll need to thaw the frozen shrimp and scallops before cooking, but it’s easy. For the best results, put the bags of each in a medium-sized glass bowl and set them in the refrigerator until thawed.
16. Instant Pot Pasta Soup with Shrimp
Grilled shrimp, tomato, garlic, and tortellini noodles make star appearances in this Instant pot shrimp soup.
Red pepper flakes and smoked paprika add just the right spice to this light and tasty dish.
Everything is made in an Instant Pot for easy prep and cleanup, as you can tell from the title.
It comes together in minutes — then divide into bowls and add the perfectly-grilled shrimp on top. For an extra pop of color and flavor, add additional basil on top, too.
17. New Orleans Shrimp Sausage Gumbo
This one hits the jackpot for unique shrimp recipes ideas: a rich gumbo stew featuring New Orleans spices and juicy shrimp.
This recipe involves more time than your typical easy shrimp dish, but don’t let that deter you. You’ll know it was all worth it once you take your first bite. (And everyone in the house will be asking for it again!)
The most complicated part comes from making the roux, the gumbo base of fat and flour. Once that’s done, the other parts are simple!
You won’t regret this combination of Cajun spices, veggies, okra, sausage, and shrimp!
17 Easy Shrimp Soup Recipes
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
- 2 (14.5 oz) cans beef broth
- 2 (10.5 oz) cans shrimp consomme
- 2 ½ c frozen shrimp, thawed
- 1 tsp fresh dill weed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsps sliced green onions
- Add the chicken broth, beef broth, and shrimp consomme to a large sauce pan on medium heat. Heat until simmering, then strain and return to the pot.
- Add the shrimp and dill to the pot with the strained broth mixture. Heat until warm all the way through. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve and garnish with chopped green onions.