Healthy Shrimp and Vegetable Soup
Egg or cornstarch is often used to thicken Chinese soup recipes, but this recipe does not use either of those, so it has a much lighter consistency. As well as shrimp and tofu, this soup contains ginger, green onion, sesame oil, and garlic for flavor, and carrot and celery for crunch and color. Feel free to swap the vegetables for others. You might wish to use mushrooms, broccoli, or asparagus, for example. Also, if you do not like tofu you can leave it out or just scallops or extra shrimp instead.
This is a very light soup, making it perfect for lunch or as a snack or appetizer. The flavors of seafood and vegetables are combined and the other ingredients give this shrimp soup a wholesome, aromatic flavor, and it is something you will find really simple to put together and something you will definitely want to make more than once.
This soup can be made with either water or broth, but if you are using broth do not add any salt to the recipe until you have finished it; you might think the broth gives it sufficient saltiness without having to add more.
- 6 peeled, deveined, diced medium shrimp
- 2 thin slices ginger
- ½ block tofu, cubed
- 1 finely chopped green onion
- 3 drops sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, for sautéing
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 finely diced celery stalk
- ½ finely diced carrot
- ½ cup water or broth
- ⅛ teaspoon each salt and black pepper
- Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or skillet.
- Fry the shrimp until pink, then set to one side.
- Fry the ginger, garlic, and green onions until fragrant.
- Stir in the carrot and celery, and sauté until tender.
- Add a little water or broth (just enough to cover the veggies) and simmer for 6 minutes.
- Add the tofu and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Stir in the cooked shrimp.
- Add a little salt and black pepper, and then add a tiny bit of sesame oil into the soup.
- Ladle into bowls and serve hot.
This is a colorful and attractive Chinese soup, and it is really easy to make too. Simply double the recipe if you are feeding more than just a couple of people. You can add some cooked rice (if you do that, you will need more liquid) if you want to make it heartier, or even noodles. Sometimes you will want to be sure the soup will be filling enough to satisfy you until your next meal, so feel free to add the rice or noodles if you wish. Another idea is to break an egg into the soup and use a chopstick to stir it over a low heat; the egg will cook in seconds and you will have attractive egg strands.
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