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Turmeric Zucchini & Coconut Soup


Turmeric Zucchini Soup With Coconut Milk. Paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly.

If last year was all about chia seeds and spirulina, this year is all about turmeric. Seriously, everywhere you look, there is a turmeric this and turmeric that. And for a good reason! It has many amazing health benefits: from anti-inflammatory to cancer-fighting properties. I’ve been using turmeric for many years but sometimes even I forget how good it is. So, this lovely soup is my tribute to turmeric…and zucchini, because it’s in season.

This is a very light soup. I would even call it gentle. Not in flavour – it’s actually quite robust, aromatic and a little tropical – but in its effect on your digestive tract. It would be a great meal for when you’re feeling a little heavy or have been over eating meat or sweet treats. It’s full of gut loving prebiotics – garlic and onion; satiating fats from coconut milk; and gorgeous zucchini (summer squash, courgette) for a little vitamin C boost.

All in all, it’s a very tasty soup. I had two bowls today! It’s also very very very easy to make. So don’t wait up, go and get some zucchini and coconut milk and get cooking.

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Anti-inflammatory soup with turmeric and zucchini in coconut milk. Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan friendly.

Cook’s notes

I used full fat coconut milk (~60% coconut content), which I shook well before measuring in a cup. You can use the thicker coconut cream, in which case use a little less and add more water/stock to the soup.

For AIP, omit mild curry and pepper, feel free to add some cinnamon. You can easily use broccoli, asparagus, carrots, kale or brussels sprouts instead of zucchini. The broth will go well with lots of things, and you can throw in some pre-cooked chicken or prawns for a more satiating meal.

Shop for the ingredients on Amazon: turmeric powder, coconut milk, curry powder, vegetable stock, fish sauce, white pepper.



Turmeric Zucchini Soup

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Soup



  • 1 tablespoon ghee (coconut oil is fine as well)
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 medium zucchini (about 500 g / 1 lb), diced into cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (black is also okay)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (or water with 1/2 vegetable stock cube)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (shake the can of coconut milk well before using)
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
  • Juice of 1/2 small lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Fresh coriander/cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat the ghee in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring a few times, until softened and golden.
  2. Add salt, zucchini and garlic and stir through the onion. Then add the turmeric, curry powder and pepper and stir through a few times to release the aromas.
  3. Then add the stock, coconut milk and fish sauce and stir through. Bring to boil, then turn the heat down to low. Cook for 10 minutes, simmering and covered with a lid.
  4. Finally, add the juice of 1/2 lime and stir through. Serve with a few fresh coriander leaves on top.

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Turmeric Zucchini & Coconut Soup - paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan friendly.

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  1. Delicious!! After a couple of heavy drinking & eating days over Christmas in Munich this was required. I was craving some nourishment and this ticked the box.

  2. Sounds yummm! Thank you for sharing this anti-inflammatory receipe, we all need some but don’t look at food as a solution as often as we should!

  3. Honestly one of the best soups I have ever made. Zucchini! Whoda thunk? Also made your prawn and cashew recipe this past week. I don’t know how you keep doing it, but I sure hope you don’t quit.

  4. I just made this tonight, had everything but only one zucchini and I think it was still great. Has a little kick to it, but not too much. I recently started back on Paleo after a year + hiatus and look forward to trying more of your recipes, thanks!

    1. This recipe is vegan friendly, which means it can easily be made with plant-based ingredients only. Replace ghee with olive oil or coconut oil and omit the fish sauce or replace it with some Tamari sauce or coconut aminos, or regular soy sauce.

  5. Wonderful! I just made it for my mom and me and it is a winner for sure. I cooked the zucchini quite a bit before adding in the liquid and when I added the liquid, it was ready to eat very quickly. Thank you for the great recipe!

  6. Turmeric is not good for everyone…the jury is still out on that. As a breast cancer survivor who had hormone receptor positive csncer,(estrogen & progesterone), I have been cautioned on using this ingredient because it can elevate those hormones. This can trigger cancer cell growth instead of being an anticancer proponent. Please do more research if you have had a hormone related breast cancer or a cancer!

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