Tom Yum Style Fish Chowder

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $2.38
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1 lbs (454g)Fresh cod, haddock, or tilapia (any flaky white fish), cut into large chunks
1Large onion, large slices
3 cupsCabbage (green, savoy, napa, even kale will work), roughly chopped
1 cupCanned diced tomatoes
3 cupsFish or vegetable stock, or water
1/2 cupLight coconut milk
1/2 cupFresh cilantro or parsley, finely chopped
2 tbspLime juice
2 tbspOlive oil
To tasteSea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Tom Yum Paste
1 stalkLemon grass (peel outer layer), roughly chopped
1 inch pieceGalangal or ginger, roughly chopped
1-2 smallRed chili, halved and seeds removed (optional)
1 tbspFish sauce
3Lime leaves or 1 tbsp of lime zest
1/4 cupCilantro stems
3 clovesGarlic


  1. ​Add the tom yum paste ingredients in a mortar and pestle and slowly bash into a paste. Or you can pulse the ingredients up in a food processor until it forms sort of a paste. You can store this in a fridge for a few days or in the freezer for a few months.
  2. In a large soup pot over medium heat add the oil. Add the onions and cook a couple minutes. Add about 3 tablespoons of the tom yum paste, stir and cook about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, stock and cabbage. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the fish and cabbage and simmer for another 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flakey.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk, top with lime juice and some cilantro.


  • ​A 3 ounce serving of white fish (the size of a deck of cards) has about 18 grams of protein. Protein helps to maintain and build muscle and is needed for a healthy immune system. Having protein at every meal and snack can help you control your weight by keeping you satisfied for longer.
  • Broth-based soups are a great tool to help you get to and keep a healthy body weight. Choosing a soup that is rich in lean protein such as white fish and fibre from vegetables helps fill up your stomach with fewer calories. Research studies have shown that having soup before a meal or as your main meal helps people eat fewer calories.