As Promised, Summer Corn and Coconut Soup

by Gena on August 15, 2011


A few days ago, I shared the last meal that I threw together before my final exam descended and kept me out of the kitchen for a week. It rightfully earned the title of a “hurry up vegan” meal: though filling and heart (a soup, a salad, and a bean burger) it was also stunningly fast, and that was mostly thanks to the following soup.

This soup is almost too good to be true. It really is. It’s ready in just under fifteen minutes, but it tastes as though it’s been simmering and collecting flavor for hours. Everyone you make it for will tell you it’s one of your best recipes, and none of them will suspect that it’s as simple as throwing together some pantry and freezer staples.

The inspiration for this recipe came from my friend Nava Atlas, who’s book Vegan Express is among my top five vegan cookbook resources of all time. It is an essential book for any vegan home cook: no one masters the art of food that’s fast AND healthy quite the way Nava does. (For more of her recipes and work, check out her awesome website.) When I first read the recipe for Nava’s thai corn chowder, I marveled at the idea that any recipe could be so easy, and also taste good. It did, and I’ve been using it as a template for this, my own version, ever since.

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Summer Corn and Coconut Soup (inspired by Nava Atlas; vegan, gluten and soy free)

Serves 4

3/4 cup chopped onion
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 small clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup coconut milk (full fat or light)
2 cups almond milk, plain
Corn from 3 large ears of corn, fresh (or 1 bag, frozen)
2 tsps curry powder

1) Sautee the onion, pepper and garlic in the oil till nice and golden (8 min or so).

2) Add the coconut milk, almond milk, all but one cup of the corn, and curry. Bring to a boil.

3) Simmer for 10 minutes, until the corn is cooked through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4) Optional: Using an immersion blender, purree the soup till creamy, then add last cup of corn and heat through to serve. If you don’t have time, simply add all the corn when you add the almond and coconut milk, and cook through. The soup is tasty when half-purreed, but it’s definitely not necessary.

5) Garnish with fresh herbs (cilantro is great) and serve!

This, along with some sort of plant-based protein and a big leafy salad, makes for a speedy and scrumptious summertime supper. And lots of bad alliteration. If you’re not sure what to pair with it, try my black bean and corn burgers!

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Hope you try this miraculous soup soon, and check out the cookbook that inspired it.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for a giveaway tomorrow! And hope you’re having a sunny Monday.


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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Curry and corn is such a great combo – I love the slightly sweet with the spicy Indian flavors.


Ragnhild August 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

This sounds heavenly! I love coconut milk based soups! And corn! Yums! Thanks for sharing :)


FoodFeud August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Ooh this sounds awesome. I recently made a beet soup with coconut milk and was surprised at how well it went together – corn sounds like another perfect pairing.


Ritika August 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Is that a one pound bag of frozen corn?

The recipe looks delicious by the way!


Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm

This would be perfect for a day like today, chilly and rainy!! Can’t wait to give it a try. I just got Vegan Express from the library, glad it gets your seal of approval!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Gena the soup looks and sounds delish. I love that it’s cooked with almond milk AND coconut milk. I bet it soooo creamy. And with the red pepper, a bit of heat.

And I love it when soups like this retain some texture and aren’t pureed down super smooth.

But what I love most is this
“It’s ready in just under fifteen minutes, but it tastes as though it’s been simmering and collecting flavor for hours. ”

Amen for easy, fast, impress them and make them think you slaved over it but you really didnt…kind of meals and recipes :)


Alissa @ Not Just Apples August 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

That sounds really good – I love coconut and corn together… :)


blossjoss August 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Just saw your recipes in Crazy Sexy Diet. Kinda felt like I knew a celeb. But not really. Because I just stalk your blog. (Not that you’re not a celeb hehe). But it made me happy. :)


Eat Hike Sleep Repeat August 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Thanks Gena. I’ve been thinking about this soup since you mentioned it. Weather is calling for rain for a few days. Definitely time for a good pot of summer soup!


Jen August 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I’m getting my tonsils removed soon, so I should probably find a few go-to soup recipes that are both healthy and satisfying! I love how short this ingredient list is. Thanks, love! Your recipes always sound delicious, and your pictures always LOOK delicious!


Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I love how simple this is–summer in a bowl!


Katie August 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I love that soup from her cookbook. I got that cookbook many many many years ago and it was the first thing I made. I haven’t tried anything in it I didn’t like. I didn’t even know she had a blog!


Ali (urbanfruitbat) August 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

This looks so lovely. I bet the combination of almond and coconut milk makes for an excellent creaminess.


Ricki August 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

That soup was one of the first I made from Vegan Express–thanks for the reminder! Yours looks great. I adore Nava–so much talent in a single individual! :D

Hope you aced that exam, too!


Christine (The Raw Project) August 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Wow, curry and coconut are two of my favorite flavors together, so I have to try this soup ASAP! :-) Thanks!


Jen August 16, 2011 at 2:57 am

That looks absolutely delicious! I’ve added it to me “make this recipe soon” list!


Casey August 16, 2011 at 5:55 am

I make a similar recipe with just coconut milk but definitely going to try the almond milk. You’ve re-inspired me to make a soup like this again! :)


Hannah August 16, 2011 at 6:07 am

Thank you for getting this up so speedily, Gena! I hate to be annoying so just ignore me if I am, but I was wondering how much is in a bag of frozen corn in America? It ain’t corn season here in Australia, and the frozen corn I buy comes in a 1kg (2.2pounds) bag, which I’d guess is more than you’ve used here!


Jen @ keepitsimplefoods August 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Yum! This is exactly what my tummy needs…


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats August 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

This soup (and the quinoa at Open City) is totally making me rethink my usual meh feelings towards fresh corn :)


kerry August 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

Gena, I’d love to hear what other cookbooks make it to your list of top 5 vegan cookbooks!


Kelsey @ Unmitigated Grub August 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

oh my goodness, YUM! and thanks for the cookbook recommendation–I love hearing about which ones inspire bloggers the most!


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Wow this sounds like such a summer treat. I love quick, delicious and Healthy meals. I think this’ll fit the bill!


LauraJayne August 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I love that this recipe is GF too! It’s so nice to have resources where I know I can eat almost everything you post with very little substitutions (if any)!


Gena August 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Yes! Totally GF and so tasty.


Katie (quick cook rice) August 17, 2011 at 8:23 am

Oh my! I adore coconut and corn soups! So delicious.


Natasha August 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I made this today. The kids loved it (even the baby, she likes anything with curry) and I did too. So glad you posted the recipe!


kerry August 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

I made this! It’s SOOOO good!


Gena August 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Isn’t it, though??


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