Instant Pot,  Personal Chef,  Recipes,  Soup

Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup- Pressure Cooker Recipe

The Soup

A pressure cooker helps put all the flavor into this quick and easy Thai coconut shrimp soup. Lemongrass, Ginger, and Jasmine rice are the stars.

The Pressure Story

I liked pressure cooking before liking pressure cooking was cool. No, really. I really did. I swear. My original electric pressure cooker finally cooked its last meal a couple weeks ago. I bought it from amazon six years ago. That might not seem like very long to you, but I put it through everything imaginable. I mean, I USED this thing. Several days a week, I’d run it back to back up to five times. Not only does it speed things up immensely, but it clears a burner on the range leaving more room for other items. It even crashed around a few times in the bed of my truck, leaving the control panel barely hanging on. It still survived a couple years after that. This pressure cooker was the little pressure cooker that could. Until it couldn’t anymore.

It wasn’t an Instant Pot, the Kleenex of electric pressure cookers. I don’t believe the Instant Pot even existed when I first bought one. The off-brand name isn’t even recognizable, but it did its job and it did it well, even after being put through brutal work conditions and a little unintentional abuse. So, I bought the same exact one because why not? It’s the “Elite Platinum 8Qt Pressure Cooker” and even comes in different fancy bright colors. There are a couple tiny new features on the new one that I realized upon first use. The pressure valve is painted red and it now beeps exactly the same beep as the Instant Pot when opening and closing the lid.

So, goodbye old pressure cooker and hello new, slightly beepier pressure cooker. I use it for this recipe solely to infuse the broth with lemongrass, ginger, and garlic. Those are then strained out and you finish the soup in the pot. The recipe is adapted from a Blue Apron meal kit. One of my clients used to get them delivered before I began cooking for them. One day, one of their kids pulled out all the old recipe cards and asked if I could make this soup, so I’ve been making it for them ever since. I prefer red Argentinian shrimp which you can find at Trader Joe’s for a killer deal of $9.99/lb. You won’t find it any less expensive anywhere. If you do not have a Trader Joes, first I’m sorry, and second, any peeled deveined shrimp will do. The red curry paste is added to taste as some brands can be spicier than others. I prefer Thai Kitchen brand. This one is flavorful but doesn’t pack much heat.

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Jillian believes her passion for cooking stems from the fact that she was born and raised in Southern California. The best climate conditions for growing the finest produce all year around and the diverse mix of cuisines have always been an inspiration to her. Her love and ability to make people happy by way of delicious food began at an early age and still grows today. She is the proud Chef and Owner of Jillian Fae Chef Services, a personal chef business specializing in private dinner parties, customized menus, and weekly meal preparation.

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