Green Tea in a Tasty Shrimp Soup Receipe

Green Tea in a Tasty Shrimp Soup Receipe

Getting The Health Benefits Of Green Tea Without Drinking It. You can get the health benefits of green tea by using it as a cooking liquid. Although I normally drink at least two cups of this healthy beverage every day, I also cook with it to get even more into my diet. It is a great way to boost the anti-oxidant levels in your food.

Green Tea is the base for this fragrant well-spiced shrimp soup. Using the shrimp shells to flavor the stock is a great way to cut down on waste in the kitchen (something I'm always trying to do.)

Green Tea in a Tasty Shrimp Soup Receipe

I know the ingredient list seems quite lengthy, but this is a soup truly made from scratch. The ingredients all work very well together; the result is incredibly healthy and delicious.

Ingredients for Four Dinner Sized Servings:


  • 32 large, shell-on shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons of whole mace
  • 2 teaspoons of whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cassia cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 star anise pods
  • 20 whole allspice berries
  • 6 cups of filtered water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 8 garlic cloves, smashed (use the side of your chef's knife)
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger
  • 6 cups of prepared green tea (follow your tea suppliers instructions for brewing)
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, sliced thin
  • 1 cup of peas, frozen are fine
  • 1/2 cup of hoison sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced Chinese chives


Directions:


  1. Peel and de-vein the shrimp. 
  2. Rinse the shrimp shells in cool water.
  3.  In a medium saucepan, combine the shells, filtered water, mace, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, allspice, garlic, ginger and bay leaves. 
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a stockpot, heat the coconut oil over a medium flame. 
  6. Add the carrots, onion and celery and cook until slightly browned (about 10 to 15 minutes.) Strain the shrimp shell and spice stock; add it to the vegetable mixture. 
  7. Add the green tea, soy sauce, hoison sauce and cleaned shrimp. 
  8. Cook until the shrimp is opaque, about 4 to 5 minutes. Top with chives.


Tips and Suggestions:

If you want a quick and easy version of this recipe, use a pre-made shrimp stock spiced with a store-bought spice blend. A Chinese Five Spice blend would suffice. The results would still be delicious, although not quite the same. Just keep the same ratio of 50/50 shrimp stock to green tea.

Serve with Soba noodles for a heartier meal.

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