Spicy Asian Shrimp Soup with Mushrooms, Carrots and Bean Sprouts

Asian Shrimp Soup

Wow! What do you think of my picture of this spicy Asian inspired soup?

I’m working on my food photography skills folks, and boy does it show – not in a good way. The images of this gingery, garlicky shrimp soup are on the grainy side, but it was such satisfying meal, that I didn’t want you to miss out.

Asian Shrimp Soup

I’m a cook, not a photographer, so when the daylight changes here in Seattle, I have to adjust the settings on my camera. Not an easy task for this amateur shutterbug.

Asian Shrimp Soup

The picture above isn’t bad. I love that you can see baby shrimp nestled on the spoon with strips of carrot, mushrooms, and tendrils of bean sprouts.

Asian Shrimp Soup

Ooops! Back to grainy photos again, but I like the angle. 

Asian Shrimp Soup

 A handful of cilantro adds yet another layer of freshness to this quick Asian soup recipe, and looks pretty floating atop the bowl.

Asian Shrimp Soup

That’s enough practice for today folks!

Hang in there with me. This weekend is all about practicing my picture taking skills in time to share the chocolate almond granola I have planned for Monday’s post.

Have a terrific weekend everyone!


A note to my fellow foodies and blogging buddies:

If you have tips for this budding food photographer and her Nikon DSLR camera, be sure and leave a comment. I’m open to all tips and suggestions. Google has been my friend,  but personal experience is always a better teacher.

Asian Shrimp Soup with Mushrooms and Sprouts
Shake It Up! If seafood isn't your thing, you could easily replace the shrimp with leftover chicken, pork, or even beef.
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (Use 4 cloves for a spicier dish)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced (Use 1½ tablespoons for a spicier dish)
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 8 ounces shrimp, 100/200 shrimp per pound, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup green onion, sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ small lime , juiced
  1. Heat sesame oil and coconut oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add celery, carrots, mushrooms, garlic and ginger. Cook for five minutes to soften vegetables.
  3. Add vegetable broth, water, soy sauce and turmeric. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add shrimp, bean sprouts, green onion, and lime juice.
  5. Serve topped with cilantro.
Food energy: 136kcal
Weight Watchers Points Plus 3
Saturated fatty acids: 1.89g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.87g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.00g
Total fat: 3.75g
Calories from fat: 33
Cholesterol: 71mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 15.55g
Total dietary fiber: 3.56g
Protein: 10.59g
Total lipid (fat): 4.44g
Water: 643.80g
Ash: 5.04g
Total sugars: 6.51g
Calcium: 94mg
Iron: 1.60mg
Magnesium: 39mg
Phosphorus: 214mg
Potassium: 537mg
Sodium: 1378mg
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

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  1. says

    Gosh, what a great recipe! Loads and loads of flavors in this. Pretty good composition on the photos, which is the hardest thing to learn. I always use a tripod when I shoot (means I can shoot at a low ISO, which tends to help the “grain” problem). Try wrapping some aluminum foil on cardboard sheets for fill cards. I have white cardboard (or foamcore) fill cards too, but for food the extra sparkle that the aluminum foil adds is nice.

    • says

      Thanks John! I’ll definitely try your aluminum foil tip. It’s definitely a cheap alternative. Living in Seattle and adjusting for low light conditions is always my biggest photo shooting problem. Plus the fact that I work full time, so by the time I get home it’s dark as can be. :)

  2. ray says

    That soup is full of flavors with all of the wonderful ingredients that you added. Like what John mentioned, composition is pretty hard to learn but once you got, it becomes second nature. Read on the “rule of thirds” as it applies to mostly any type of photography including food. I always use the rule in food photography and it improved my photos (at least a bit). Also check out “Lowel Ego tabletop lights.” Email me if you have any question and if I can help. I hope you are having a great week Kristi. :)

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