Butternut & Coconut Soup

PREP TIME: 20mins


A different take on a traditional butternut soup. The sambal elevates the soup, so give it a try!

Serving Suggestion:

Add generous amounts of the Toasted Coconut Sambal, toasted flaked almonds and some lime wedges on the side.

Serves 4

Freezer Friendly

What you'll need:

Food Processor for the sambal

Hand blender for the soup


  • 1.5kg butternut, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soya sauce (Tamari)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 deseeded red chilli (opt)
  • 2 lemon grass sticks, outer leaves removed and bashed
  • 250ml veggie stock
  • 400g coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Sambal (opt)

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 20g coriander leaves
  • zest of lime


  1.  Add the coconut oil to a med pot and add the onions and cook on a medium heat with the lid on until the onions are very soft.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli and stir till fragrant – 2minutes
  3. Add the butternut, coconut milk, stock and based lemongrass, the liquid should cover the butternut, and bring to a soft simmer, cover and simmer for 12-15min or until the butternut is very soft and falling apart.
  4. Remove the lemon grass. Add the tamari (soya sauce) and 1 tablespoon of the lime juice – blend with your hand blender until completely smooth, adjust the seasoning by adding some lime zest, or juice or soya sauce.
  5. SAMBAL: Pre-heat oven to 180c, place your desiccated coconut on a baking tray and lightly toast for a few minutes until golden – remove. Making sure your coriander is 100% dry, add your toasted coconut and coriander in your food processor with a pinch of salt and pulse until you have a bright green sambal – season to taste with some lime zest – it can be kept stored in the fridge for up to a week.
  6. Reheat the soup and serve with the toasted sambal


Kitchen Notes:

TOP TIP: When preparing herbs, always pick the leaves from the stalks, I freeze the stalks in little bags in the freezer ready to add to stocks.

Bashing the lemongrass releases its flavour

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