Broccoli Soup with Coconut Milk

This broccoli soup with coconut milk is so good and super easy. It's a simple broccoli and spinach affair made with a coconut milk broth a topped with good stuff like pan-fried tofu croutons, toasted almonds, and shredded scallions. Time to break out your blender.

Broccoli Soup with Coconut Milk

This broccoli soup with coconut milk was a staple when we had our studio in San Francisco's Chinatown. At the time, the QUITOKEETO studio had no kitchen. It had a warhorse of a sink with two of the legs truncated, but that's about it. If we wanted to expand our lunch options to warm or hot foods, appliances needed to be involved. We had none, and this became a favorite topic of discussion. The question: if you can only have three appliances, what are they?

Kitchen at the studio

A hotplate was the obvious first pick. A toaster oven and/or microwave also seem like contenders. My argument against both of those was we didn't have either of those at home, so why would we have them at the studio? I wanted a wine refrigerator to stock with rosé for the summer and a coffee grinder. This is a position that triggered much eye rolling. Jack voted that the waffle maker should live at the studio.
Broccoli Soup with Coconut Milk in a Mason Jar on a table

The Hotplate

While we figured out appliance #2 and #3, a hotplate was purchased and made its efficient and unsexy debut heating this simple, pureed broccoli soup with coconut milk from a perch atop a beer garden bench. The soup - a simple broccoli and spinach affair - was made with coconut milk broth, double greens (broccoli & spinach) and was topped with good stuff like pan-fried tofu cubes, lots of toasted almonds, and shredded scallions.
Broccoli Soup with Coconut Milk served in a Ceramic Bowl

Broccoli Soup: Variation

For those of you who like options, here's something to think about. Blended vs. unblended. I generally feel that blended is the way to go with broccoli soup, especially if you're planning on enjoying leftover.  That said, if you're going to serve the soup immediately, you can play this soup entirely differently by leaving the broccoli florets whole and skip the blend. With the bright broccoli, and thin, white coconut broth, simply douse everything with a good amount of lime juice, and the soup takes on an entire (equally delicious) different personality. Go ahead with the same toppings: tofu, almonds and scallions. Maybe a dose of something spicy? A chile crisp oil? Or bit of sriracha? Enjoy! xoh

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Broccoli Soup with Coconut Milk

5 from 4 votes

Because this soup has just a small list of ingredients, you want them all to shine. Look for deeply green, tight heads of broccoli. I typically avoid any heads that have yellowing florets or seem dried out.

Ingredients
  • 1 14- ounce can of full fat coconut milk
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 small serrano chile, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2-3 large heads of broccoli (~1 1/2 lb.), cut into small florets
  • 2-3 large handfuls of spinach
  • to serve: lots of pan-fried tofu cubes, toasted almonds, scallions, chive flowers (optional)
Instructions
  1. Scoop a big spoonful of thick coconut cream from the top of the coconut milk can. Add it to a large pan over medium-high heat. When hot, stir in the garlic, onions, chile, and salt. Sauté for a couple minutes, just long enough for everything to soften up.

  2. Add the remaining coconut milk, and the water, and bring to a simmer before adding the broccoli and spinach. Simmer just long enough for the broccoli to get tender throughout, 2 - 4 minutes.

  3. Immediately remove the soup from heat and puree with an immersion blender. Add more water if you feel the need to thin the soup out. Taste and add more salt if needed.

  4. Serve sprinkled with tofu cubes, toasted almonds, and lots of scallions.

Notes

Makes 8 servings or so.

Serves
8
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 
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Heidi, we also eat together at our little fiber mill. An outdoor kitchen is on our wish list for our next location. For now we have the requisite hot plate but more often use crock pots to reheat soups or even veggies like mashed potatoes. We also use a griddler for toasted sandwiches, pancakes and grilling.

Sally

LOVE the greens combination! I definitely vote for the wine refrigerator. At the end of the day, smashed grapes nurture the soul, celebrate, and add to creativity that abounds in your new space! Check out 'small combo oven' with convection, broiler, toaster all 'built-in'. Bonus: 'on shelf' footprint is small!

savvy

When I looked at the title I thought that coconut and broccoli sounded like a crazy idea...well...I thought again! I'll give it a go at the weekend, ;)

Joanna

can't wait to try this and I vote for an electric tea kettle (to go with the French press coffee) and for tea…

subo

Further proof that you can make delicious food anywhere you are. Plus, take great photos of it, too! xo

DessertForTwo

Will be making this soon. All my favorite ingredients. Any tips on how to make nice crispy tofu cubes?

Hi Diane: Just throw the cubes into a wok or pan with a small splash of oil and tiny pinch of salt. Cook over med-high until they're nice and golden.

Diane

I'm with you on the wine fridge, and you could actually put some cheese in there as well to go with your wine...a coffee maker grinder in one would be a good choice, could make tea as well and even hot water to rehydrate sun-dried tomatoes. I cooked while I remodeled my kitchen, we had a "garchen" a combo garage/kitchen. I had a hot plate, toaster oven, crockpot and rice cooker. Along with the BBQ grill, I was set!

LindySez

Here's another vote for the rose fridge! I look forward to trying this soup - it sounds grand. Thanks!

poca

Wow...i've never thought of using coconut milk with broccoli...sounds delicious!

patty

I love soup with coconut milk - I make a spicy butternut squash soup this way. I wonder how this broccoli soup would be served chilled? I'm going to try that for the summer :)

cat b

I vote for the pink wine refrigerator! Recipe looks yummy.

chanda

Wow -All I needed was to read the subject line of your email - - you had me at "coconut broccoli"! Yum.

Jenn

Toaster oven... because this is a very different setting than home where you have an oven. On a cold day, a lovely piece of warm toast with your soup ... yes! A wine fridge would be nice, a bit of a uni-tasker perhaps, albeit a nice one.

Mamakat

This looks fantastic! I made a coconut and cauliflower soup last week, and it was delicious :D This is a little different though, so might have to give it a shot. I wish you all the best with Quitokeeto :D x

Jules @ WolfItDown

This made my mouth water! I can just imagine how creamy it would be.....and healthy to boot. Thanks for the recipe and I hope you work out your appliance connundrum!

Deepa@onesmallpot

But if you got a coffee grinder... Wouldn't you need a coffee maker? Btw this soup is happening (probably today). HS: I'm a French Press fan! ;)

Joy

This is such a beautiful soup! I don't think I've ever combine broccoli and coconut before, but it sounds so completely lovely. It's after 1am and now I want broccoli soup---yikes!

Rachael | Spache the Spatula

I second the handheld grinder suggestion from Molly. Hot plate, wine fridge, and toaster oven. Because you have an oven at home but not at the shop. And if you are packing darling chive blossoms in little metal tins to eat at "work," well then, the wine needs a similar treatment. ;)

Amanda

Very excited about this recipe! Thank you for yet another gem heidi. X

jade

Oh, I'm so with you on the coffee grinder. Though if you went with a handheld grinder, you could have all the benefits without using up an appliance. Something to consider :-) Separately, I adore broccoli soup, but with coconut broth? Brilliant. I imagine an extra throw of broccoli could be added, and pulled just shy of done, and tossed back on top, for additional garnish. I also imagine toasty flakes of unsweetened coconut chip. And those almonds. And lime. And a bowl, right here, now. Please? Thank you!

HS: Love the idea of pulling some of the florets back to add after the puree - brilliant :) And yes please to toasted coconut!

molly

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