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25 Sep

Ginger Soup with Scallops and Shrimp

Is there anything more comforting on a chilly autumn evening than a bowl of soup? It warms the body and the soul, especially when the broth is infused with aromatic, slightly spicy ginger. Ginger has long been thought to be a natural immune booster. With flu season on the horizon, homemade soup with ginger broth is exactly what your body needs. Health benefits aside, an even better reason to make Ginger Soup with Scallops and Shrimp is that it’s darn tasty.

Homemade stock will make the best-tasting soup and if you take time to fill your freezer with chicken stock now, you’ll be thanking yourself all winter. Once you have stock, it only takes a few minutes to infuse the flavor and healing properties of fresh ginger root into it. Ginger adds an intensity of flavor to stock that is both soothing and invigorating. It awakens your senses and warms you right to your core.


  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced, peeled ginger root
  • 1-2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 8-10 shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 pound uncooked shrimp, with or without shells
  • 4-6 scallops
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro, or more to taste


Bring stock to a gentle boil. Add slices of ginger.

Simmer for five minutes. Remove ginger from broth. Add mushrooms and simmer for five more minutes.

Add shrimp and simmer for one minute. Add scallops. Simmer for just one minute more then turn off heat. Add green onions and cilantro right before serving.

The pieces of ginger used to infuse the broth can be saved for another meal. Simply chop the ginger up and sauté it with any combination of meat and vegetables. Once you make the ginger broth, scallops and shrimp aren’t the only direction you can go for soup. Instead, try thin strips of chicken or flank steak simmered with vegetables like Swiss chard, spinach or carrots.

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  1. Ugh, I’m so ready for crisp Autumn weather to start making recipes like this.
    Unfortunately we’re in the middle of a heat wave here…
    Still looks good. I’ll have to keep it in mind once the temperatures start dipping below 80 (might be awhile, we’re still breaking 100s now). :-)

    Karell wrote on September 25th, 2009
  2. a wedge of lime sounds like it’ll be good in there…

    Chunster495 wrote on September 25th, 2009
  3. My buddy and I used to go abalone diving off the coast. We’ll have to make a trip up there soon and use abalone in this recipe. My neighbor would offer to pay 50 bucks for a pound of fresh abalone, but that wouldn’t be very tribal of me to charge him. So I just drink his favorite white wine in exchange. Fair trade, as far as “caveman commerce” went.

    ~ Ogg

    Ogg the Caveman wrote on September 25th, 2009
  4. Really enjoying your blog. It’s a pity I don’t like seafood. Looking forward to other recipes. :)

    Gordie Rogers wrote on September 25th, 2009
  5. I am totally making this for Sunday brunch tomorrow. Yum. Maybe with some lemon grass too…..hmm.

    Ann wrote on September 26th, 2009
  6. This sounds delish, Mark. Can’t wait to try it. I think my kids will love it too.

    BestSelf wrote on September 26th, 2009
  7. I’ve made soup very similar to this one. Except I’ve used Shitake mushroom and also added lemongrass.

    But this soup looks just as good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Cambree wrote on September 26th, 2009
  8. This looks delicious. Can’t wait to try.

    Sheila McCann wrote on September 29th, 2009
  9. I keep hearing about a primal bar, or breakfast bar recipe. I don’t see a place just for recipes and food tips here, should have this as we are just getting started. Breakfast is the toughest for me, I’m not big on eggs and meat in the morning not so much. Have been doing some fruit and nuts but would love something with a little more substance, and shakes are fine but i’m not a big fan for the long haul, help!

    Lisa Ochs wrote on September 29th, 2009
    • I’m struggling with breakfasts also. So much so, that I’ve just gone without the past two days :(

      I’ve also heard of the breakfast bar, but can’t find it! Anyone have a link?

      Heather wrote on August 2nd, 2011
  10. Very good recipe. Had some lemongrass and lime on hand, which complemented the soup nicely.

    Christine wrote on June 21st, 2010
  11. I notice you remove the slender pieces of ginger from the unfinished soup before adding the other ingredients. Is there any particular reason for this? Perhaps because ginger is fairly fibrous? If that’s the only reason, is there any problem with leaving it in, so long as you don’t mind the aesthetic drawback?

    Flossie wrote on June 30th, 2011
  12. I have made this a few times and has become a favorite comfort food on a cold winter’s day

    Real wrote on December 30th, 2011
  13. Absolutely fantastic. It’s 1:30 a.m. and I made this to ensure I’d have a warm, delicious lunch for tomorrow. Like Flossie, I prefer leaving the ginger in– the ginger was the whole reason I wanted to cook this recipe. I munch on it like Bugs Bunny does on carrots.

    Lindsay wrote on February 19th, 2012

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