Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup Recipe

Yields: 4-6 servings
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 35-40 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 1.5 lbs), peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional Garnishes: Chopped cilantro, toasted coconut flakes, a swirl of coconut cream


  • Sauté the aromatics: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute more, until fragrant.
  • Add sweet potatoes and spices: Add the cubed sweet potatoes, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir to coat the potatoes with those warming spices.
  • Simmer: Pour in the vegetable broth and coconut milk. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30-35 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Blend until smooth: Remove the soup from the heat. Using an immersion blender (or carefully transferring to a regular blender in batches), blend the soup until completely smooth and creamy.
  • Taste and adjust: Give the soup a taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. If you desire a thinner consistency, add a little more broth or water.
  • Serve and garnish: Ladle the velvety soup into bowls. Garnish with your choice of cilantro, toasted coconut flakes, a swirl of coconut cream, or any other toppings you like!


  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or chili powder along with the other spices for more heat.
  • Flavor variations: Experiment with other spices like curry powder or a touch of cinnamon for different flavor profiles.
  • Get creative with garnishes: A dollop of yogurt or sour cream, diced red onion, or a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds can add a delightful contrast.

Enjoy this flavorful and satisfying sweet potato coconut soup!


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