Spicy Green Papaya Soup

Green papayas are simply the unripe versions of regular papayas and are popular here on the island, especially in Hilo with its great blend of Asian cultures. I bought 6 huge green papayas for $2 from a friendly female vendor at the  Hilo farmer’s market. This soup was a worthwhile experiment. For the spicy green papaya soup, you will need:


  1. 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  2. 1/3 cup green onions, chopped
  3. 1-2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  4. 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
  5. 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  6. 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  7. 2-3 cups green papayas, sliced thin
  8. 1 carrot, chopped


Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add green onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for approximately 3 minutes. Add broth, coconut milk, papaya and carrot and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Season with extra red pepper for extra heat. Ladle into two soup bowls and enjoy!

spicy green papaya soup

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angel
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 14:40:59

    I seriously love soup. I have never even eaten papaya, but I would like to try this.

    BTW, I found you on foodie blog roll and friended you. God bless!


  2. Vegan Epicurean
    Jul 22, 2010 @ 21:26:54


    This soup sounds really good. Thanks for the sharing your experiment. 😉



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    Feb 12, 2011 @ 00:43:47

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  4. mmichele
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 01:29:11

    Just made this soup tonight. Exactly as posted, which is really odd for me (I always read recipes as suggestions, know what I mean?)

    Anyway, it is DIVINE. Tomorrow, we add shrimp and cilantro to the leftovers. (Just remembered you are a vegan so I hope you are not offended.)

    Fabulous. Thanks a lot!


  5. Nadine
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 14:50:26

    My children are loving this soup as I write!!


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