Home made Tom yum paste

Tom Yum paste is the main spice/ingredients for tom yum soup-famous Thai soup. This goes well with kinds of seafood and fish. This is so healthy and delicious from the combined spices and herbs. The soup made from this is so good and tasty. It’s good for the cold weather. I decided to make my own (MSG-free) since most of the tom yum paste from the stores contains MSG. Making your own is away better, safer and healthier. Though a lot of spices and herbs are needed to make the paste, this can just be done so quickly using the food processor.


3 tablespoon of olive oil/vegetable oil

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup of chopped shallots

1 Lime juice

2 tablespoon of fish sauce

3 tablespoon of shrimp paste (I made my own using the dried small shrimps)

but if you use the paste from the store just use 1 tablespoon.

1/4 cup lemongrass (Chopped)

1/4 cup chopped galangal

10 lime leaves

1/4 cup chopped coriander

2-3 fresh red chilies

4-5 dried-deseed-soaked red chilies

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1 tablespoon of coconut sugar


  1. Heat pot in medium heat and add the olive oil.

2. Add the chopped garlic and cook

3. Add the chopped shallots and saute it for 3 minutes.

4. Add the chopped lemongrass.

5. Add lime leaves.

6. Add the red chilies and the dried chilies.

7. Stir and cook it for 3-5 mins.

8. In another pot heat oil in medium heat and fry the dried shrimps.

9. Add the oil

10. Add the shrimps and cook until it became crispy

11. Put the fried shrimps in the food processor first

12. Place all the ingredients in the Vitamix machine/food processor and the make sure the lid is closed properly and select Variable 1- then turn machine on and slow mode and increase to the machine’s highest speed.

13. Add lime

14. Add fish sauce

15. Add cut coriander

16. Add the coconut milk then blend it until it will become a paste.

So here’s our homemade tom yum paste