30-Minute Thai Carrot Soup – Vegan

Published on Apr 29, 2024

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6
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This Thai Carrot Soup is like no other! Plant-based, naturally gluten-free, rich creamy, with a hint of sweetness from the carrots and creaminess from coconut milk. The Thai spices, ginger, and lemongrass give this nutrient-rich soup a warm feeling, making it the perfect soup to warm you up on a cold day. And, all you need is 30 minutes from start to finish.

vegan Thai carrot soup in a bowl topped with seeds

What does vegan Thai carrot soup taste like?

The soup blends the earthy essence and sweetness of carrots, ginger, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, and lemongrass, creating an exceptional taste. Additionally, it features the classic Thai umami taste, the creamy indulgence of coconut milk, and a lively zest from lime juice.

Challenges in Plant-Based Cooking:

When adapting this soup to a plant-based version, one of the main hurdles is substituting fish sauce which contributes a distinct flavor to many Thai dishes. Several alternatives can replace fish sauce effectively in this recipe. Gluten-free tamari sauce, coconut aminos offers a similar savory flavor, or seaweed flakes or powder. They all add umami flavor. 

carrots simmering in a broth

Easy to Make:

The best part about this nutritious Thai carrot soup? It’s naturally gluten-free and very easy to make because it takes only 10 minutes of prep time and less than 20 minutes of cooking time. So whether you’re looking for a cup of warming creamy vegan Thai carrot soup or something to share with friends, this 30-minute soup is a huge hit every time.

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Key Ingredients for 30-Minute Thai Carrot Soup

Carrots: Packed with nutrients and natural sweetness, carrots add depth and vibrancy to our soup.

Onions and Garlic: Onions and garlic help balance the flavors of other ingredients in this soup. They  add depth to the sweetness of carrots and add savory flavor.

Ginger: Infusing the soup with a subtle spicy kick, ginger adds warmth and freshness.

Spices: Cumin, cardamom and nutmeg add warmth and extra flavor.

Lemongrass: Lemongrass has a bright, citrusy flavor with a hint of tanginess similar to lemon, lime, and ginger and a mild herb flavor. When used in cooking, lemongrass can add depth and complexity to dishes, particularly in Southeast Asian cuisine. 

Coconut Milk: Creamy and luxurious, coconut milk adds a rich creamy texture and tropical twist to the soup.

Broth: Providing a savory base, broth enhances the depth of flavor. You can use vegetarian broth, or try our homemade 4-ingredient vegan mushroom broth.

Lime Juice: A splash of citrusy brightness lifts the flavors and adds a refreshing zing to the soup.

Make ahead tips:

Our Thai Carrot Soup tastes even better when made ahead, as the flavors have time to meld together. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat gently before serving. The soup will last up to 5 days when refrigerated. Or freeze for up to 3 months for future use.

thai carrot soup garnished with seeds, chives and a drizzle of coconut cream

Nutritional Benefits of Carrot Soup

Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, this soup offers a nourishing choice. Carrots, abundant in Vitamin A, promote both vision and immunity. Additionally, the inclusion of ginger brings anti-inflammatory benefits and aids in alleviating nausea. Moreover, it has low saturated fat content, contributing to its overall healthiness.

bunch of raw carrots with tops

Conventional vs. Organic Carrots:

Conventional carrots are grown using traditional farming methods with synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides, making them widely available and less costly. In contrast, organic carrots are cultivated without synthetic chemicals or GMOs, relying on natural techniques like crop rotation and composting. As per Science Direct, organic carrots are possibly healthier and more environmentally friendly, with a richer flavor and higher nutritional content due to the absence of chemical residues.

spoon in a bowl of carrot soup

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this Thai carrot soup with lime wedges, fresh herbs, chives, or add seeds and nuts for extra plant-based protein.

Meal Ideas for Thai Carrot Soup:

Pair this vegan soup with a side of Rustic Gluten-Free Ciabatta Bread for dipping, or add Simple Rice With Parsley to the soup, and make it into a hearty meal.  

thick coconut carrot soup dripping from a spoon


With its simple ingredients and quick preparation, our soup can be ready in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for a quick and satisfying meal any day of the week. This carrot soup is created using plant-based ingredients, it’s naturally gluten-free and nutritious. Did I mention exceptionally tasty? Enjoy! 

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