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Best Asian Soup Recipes: Chinese Shrimp, Spinach And Tofu Soup Recipe

Updated on February 27, 2013

Shrimp, Tofu and Spinach Soup

Some people shudder when they think of tofu but personally, I like it. I mostly love the healthy properties associated with it and as long as it is in something else such as a soup or a smoothie, it works for me!

This is actually an adaptation of the Chinese spinach and tofu soup as Bob could not 'stomach' just the tofu and spinach; however, with the shrimp added, even he found it very palatable. (Of course, Bob can spot tofu from a mile away no matter what dish I put it in)

It is one of those could not be easier to make soups and when you are looking for either a light first course to an Asian meal (or any meal) or a lighter than usual supper, this is the ticket.


This serves 4 (unless you are at my house, then it serves 5 as Bob will gladly give up some)


  • Large peeled shrimp or medium-sized peeled shrimp (I add anywhere between 10-20 depending on the size) If uncooked shrimp, make sure you cook until pink in color
  • 3-inch block fresh tofu – firm preferred
  • 1/2 bunch fresh, washed spinach (or watercress or lettuce)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (can substitute vegetable or beef)
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • Matchstick carrots (optional)
  • Green onions (optional)


  1. Cut tofu into 12 small pieces each about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Tear spinach or cut into small pieces.
  3. Bring the broth to rolling boil in wok.
  4. Add tofu, shrimp and soy sauce. Add other ingredients except green onions if using.
  5. Bring back to boil and simmer for about 2 minutes
  6. Add spinach and simmer for another minute.
  7. Skim the surface to make broth clear, adjust seasoning and serve immediately.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Papernotes for stopping in - and it is a delicious weekday meal!

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Healthy and yummy soup recipe. Thanks for sharing, now I have another addition to my weekly menu.

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      Glad I could offer a recipe that sounds good....thanks for stopping by - Audrey

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      This sounds good. I like tofu too. My favorite soup is hot and sour soup. The idea of shrimp, tofu and spinach together means I'm going to try it. Thanks.