Corn and Coconut Soup (Sopa de Chocolo y Coco)

by Erica Dinho on September 19, 2009

Coconut soupMy sister came to visit from Colombia and we are having a great time together. I miss my family a lot, so having her here in my home with us is a blessing. I made this corn and coconut soup for her this week and she loved it. I topped it with shrimp and it was absolutely delicious.

This can be a great vegetarian soup as well, just omit the shrimp. Enjoy!



(4 Servings)

  • 5 fresh ears of corn (kernels cut off and cobs cut in half)
  • 4 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 shrimp, peeled and deveined (optional)
  • Cumin to taste
  • Paprika to taste
  • Olive oil


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, place the water, corn kernels and cobs, cilantro, onion, garlic, potato, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the coconut milk and cook for 10 minutes more. Discard the corn cobs, and then puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Transfer the soup back to the pot and bring to a boil, turn the heat off and serve.
  3. For the shrimp: Rub the shrimp with paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Place in a sauté pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil, cook about 2 minutes on each side and top each bowl of soup with 3 shrimp.
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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claudia Medeiros September 19, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Interesting recipe . I never tried it before but it seems delicious :D


2 theUngourmet September 19, 2009 at 6:11 PM

This looks so hearty and delicious. I love coconut milk in soup!


3 Joy September 19, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Yum! I will do the vegetarian version! Maybe I will top it with crisp fried onions. Oo my mouth is watering.


4 Sophie September 20, 2009 at 3:08 AM

Ooooooh,…Erica!! What a yummie looking soup!!

I love corn & coconut milk together!!


5 the epicurean's market September 20, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Erica, this looks so tasty! This recipe reminds me of corn chowder but WAY WAY better. Can’t wait to try it. Love all your recipes.


6 Gina September 20, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Sounds like a great combo of ingredients – yum!


7 zerrin September 20, 2009 at 4:20 PM

I’ve never used coconut milk in a soup. Actually, I didn’t know how to use it in a dish as it’s not so common in our cuisine. Your soup looks so warming, thanks for the recipe and the idea of coconut milk.


8 Soma September 20, 2009 at 5:22 PM

never thought of combining coconut & corn together! why didn’t I? such lovely flavors. i will have to try doing this sometimes.


9 Lori Lynn September 20, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Ooh, that does sound good. i like the combination of corn, coconut, and shrimp.

Is she cooking anything for you?


10 Erica September 20, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


11 Juju September 21, 2009 at 3:14 PM

This looks marvelous!


12 anushruti September 24, 2009 at 12:44 PM

This looks delicious!


13 Erica September 26, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Thank you all for visiting my blog :)


14 Oysterculture October 1, 2009 at 10:03 AM

What a great sounding recipe, I would never have thought of this flavor combination.


15 Astrid August 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I loved this soup! It’s very hearty but not heavy and also fancy enough for entertaining.


16 Stevie November 18, 2011 at 2:46 PM

This one sounds marvelously flavorful, too.


17 Christina November 19, 2011 at 9:15 PM

If I wanted to make this with frozen corn (since fresh isn’t in season), how much would I need in cups?


18 Erica November 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Christina- About 5 cups frozen corn.


19 Lauren Ochoa December 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Hi Erica, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your recipes. I’m married to a Colombian so whenever I want to make him something special I know I can find it here. I have made several of your soup recipes and this one was particularly enjoyable due to how easy and quick it is for weeknight meals and I just plain love any soup with coconut.


20 Erica December 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Thanks for your feedback!


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