Monday, January 10, 2022

Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

Ditch the Thai restaurant take-out soups for this delicious homemade Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup.

 Hot, sour and slightly sweet this warm broth based soup is FULL of vegetables and tofu.

Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup in a bowl

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Soups are perfect for cold days. A warm bowl of soup with a delicious side is our favorite for dinner.

We are big fans of soups and stews and Asian soups TOP the list of favorites! Whether it is made from scratch or ordered from the restaurants, it always makes a delicious meal.

These soups are generally easy to make at home, super amazing and can be made in the Instant Pot and on the stovetop.

Most of these soups are broth based and FULL of vegetables. Protein can be added to them and noodles blend in with these really well too. 

This is the Vegetarian version of a Thai classic; Tom Yum Soup. It is made with vegetables, tofu and a super flavorful lemongrass and lime based broth. 

What is Tom Yum Soup?

A super flavorful broth based Thai soup, Tom Yum is very popular all over the world.

Served in Thai restaurants and made at home, this soup is hot and sour and great with all the vegetables added to it.

As per Wikipedia, Tom means the process of boiling and Yum is mixed. So the soup can easily be understood as a preparation made using flavorful ingredients that are boiled together.

In order to replicate the flavors of boiling it for hours, we pressure cook the aromatics, hardy vegetables and broth using the Instant Pot. It extracts all the flavors from the aromatics and cooks the vegetables.

Tom Kha is another popular soup that can be made from this Tom Yum soup. It is essentially this soup with some coconut milk or cream. The addition of cream makes it thicker and rich tasting. 

Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup in a bowl

This Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

  • is Vegetarian and Vegan friendly

  • comes together in under 30 minutes

  • is super flavorful from all the aromatics and spices used

  • is a broth based soup. It can be converted to Tom Kha soup by adding coconut milk to it.
This soup is perfect for a cold winter dinner. With a great mix of vegetables, aromatics and broth, the soup is warm and soothes the throat.

It is Vegan by nature, just bear in mind to pick a Vegan Tom Yum paste. All the other ingredients are naturally Vegan.

Video Recipe 


Ingredients to make Tom Yum Soup 

Ingredients for Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

Vegetables: For this soup a mix of vegetables can be used. I like to add carrots, baby corn, broccoli, cucumber and mushrooms for the recipe. 

Adding spinach, bamboo shoot, green beans, cauliflower and cabbage is an option too.

Pick vegetables and divide them into quick cook and those that need some time. Add the ones that need time to the broth while cooking and the rest later. 

Aromatics: Given that the soup is a super flavorful one, some ginger or galangal, lemongrass, kaffir like leaves and green onions are used. 

The aromatics are cooked with the vegetables and the broth to get the maximum flavor from them.

Vegetable Stock: Making this soup is best with vegetable broth. It adds so much more flavor to the soup compared to just water. 

Store bought stock, homemade stock or better than bullion can be used here.  

Tom Yum Paste: Available at Asian stores and on Amazon, this paste is perfect for the soup. It has all the ingredients ground up and is packed with flavor. 

I like to use this one. It is Vegetarian friendly one which does not have shrimp, fish etc. 

Tofu: To add some protein to the recipe I have added firm tofu. It makes a great vegetarian protein for the recipe. 

Paneer, tempeh or a protein of your choice will work for the recipe. It can be skipped if you want only a vegetable based soup.

Tomatoes: Adding some tomatoes to the recipe adds a lot of taste and sourness to the soup.

I would strongly recommend not skipping these. They do not have an absolute substitute but adding lots of lemon juice and some zest does help. Or a little tamarind extract.

Apart from these ingredients, salt, pepper, a hint of sugar and some soy sauce are needed for the recipe.

Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup in a bowl

Step by Step Recipe to make this Soup

1- Add vegetable stock to the Instant Pot. 

2- The aromatics go in next. Add the lemongrass, green onion whites, lemon leaves and ginger. 

Steps for Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

3- Add chopped baby corn, carrots and mushrooms.

4- Add salt, sugar and black pepper powder. Mix well.

Steps for Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

5- Close the Instant Pot lid and set the mode to pressure cook. Turn the valve to sealing and time to 5 minutes. 

6- Once the cooking is complete, wait for 2 minutes and then release all the pressure in small successions till the valve drops.

7- Open the Instant Pot and fish out the lemongrass and lime leaves.

Steps for Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

8- Add the tomatoes, broccoli, chopped cucumber and firm tofu.

Steps for Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

9- Add in the tom yum paste and soy sauce. Mix well. 

10- Turn the Instant Pot mode to sauté and let the soup simmer for 4-5 minutes. 

Steps for Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup

11- Turn the Instant Pot off and serve the soup immediately. Top it with chopped cilantro and green onions. 

Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup in a bowl

Tips and Notes

  • Use homemade or store bought vegetable stock for the recipe instead of water. It adds a lot of flavor. 

  • Tom Yum paste is a great way to add all the flavoring agents together. If you do not have that, use 1 tbsp Thai red curry paste, 1/4 tsp lemon zest and 1/4 tsp tamarind extract.

  • Adjust the salt based on the salt in vegetable stock, tom yum paste and soy sauce. They all tend ti have some salt in them.

  • The same recipe can be made on the stove top. Cook the broth and vegetables for 10-12 minutes before adding the remaining ingredients. 

  • Adding some coconut milk or cream makes this soup into Tom Kha Soup.

Instant Pot Tom Yum Soup in a bowl


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