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Thai Coconut Corn Stew

Makes 4–5 serving and is wheat-free.

This stew is fragrant with Thai flavors of coconut, lime, coriander, and lemongrass. It is delicious served in a bowl side-by-side with brown basmati rice, or can be served as a smaller portion with spring rolls, and a tofu dish.


1/2 tbsp coconut oil

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

3 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

1/2 – 3/4 tsp coriander seeds

3/4 - 1 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)

1 stalk lemongrass (see note)

4 cups frozen corn kernels

2 cups vegetable stock

1 can (14-oz/400-ml) light coconut milk (may

use regular)

1 cup red bell pepper, diced

11/2 – 2 tsp lime zest (zest limes before juicing, see below)

2 – 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

1/3 – 1/2 cup fresh cilantro or Thai basil, chopped

lime wedges (for garnish)


In a large pot on medium heat, add oil, onions, celery, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, salt (start with ¾ tsp), and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 5–7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cut off lower yellow bulbous portion of lemongrass, and remove and discard tough outer leaves along with upper portion of stalk. Using a chef’s knife, “bruise” bulbous portion to release flavor: cut a few slits and using pressure of knife, open and bruise stalk. Add it to the pot, along with 3 cups corn kernels, stock, and coconut milk, and increase heat to bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove lemongrass, and with a hand blender, briefly purée soup to make it a little creamier. Return lemongrass to pot, and stir in remaining 1 cup corn kernels and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook for another 5–6 minutes on medium-low heat.

Stir in lime zest and lime juice (adjust to taste). Season with additional salt if desired. Just before serving, stir in cilantro or basil. Serve with lime wedges.

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