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Coconut Lime Fish Soup (aka $26 soup)

My husband and I first visited Maui 12 years ago when we tried this soup. I have no idea what it was actually called but I do remember the fact that it was $26! I couldn't quite understand why a bowl of soup would be so much but once I tasted it, I completely understood! All the fresh fish was incredible!

Since then, we have frequented most of the Hawaiian Islands on a regular basis. It's a quick flight from where we live and when winter lasts 9 months of the year here, finding warmth and sunshine nearly becomes a necessity.

One of our favorite things about the Hawaiian Islands is the fresh fish!! Grilled fish, sashimi, sushi, fish tacos, and even fish soup. Most of our favorite places to eat serve up fresh fish caught that day!! Some of the restaurants will even tell you what boat the fish was caught on and what fisherman(woman) caught it. It's fish heaven :)

I typically use Mahi, Shrimp & Scallops but I am not opposed to using any fresh white fish I have on hand for this soup! Play around with it and decide what fish you like best in it. You will want to bake your Mahi in the oven while you are making the base of the soup. It takes longer to cook than the other fish and this way you are not overcooking one fish and undercooking the others. You will also want to make a batch of jasmine rice while the soup is simmering!

PRO TIP: Put the rice in each individual bowl of soup right before serving! Store any leftovers separate.

Ingredients for Soup:

  • 2 fillets of Mahi

  • 1/2 lb shrimp

  • 1/2 lb scallops

  • 2 cups coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

  • 1/2 cup lime juice (or more if you like it tart!)

  • 1 cup shelled edamame

  • 1/2 cup cilantro

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder

  • salt & pepper to liking

  • jalapeños for topping


Bake the Mahi in the oven (instructions below). Put coconut milk, chicken stock, lime juice and all seasoning into a pot. Bring to a slow bowl. Add the shrimp and scallops and boil until the shrimp is pink. Add the Mahi in and taste test...sometimes I add more chili powder and sometimes I add more lime juice! Add the edamame in at the very end!

Pour into a serving bowl and top with rice, cilantro, jalapeños and a squeeze of fresh lime juice!

Ingredients for Mahi:

  • 2 fillets of Mahi

  • 2 tblsp Avocado Oil

  • 2 limes sliced

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Chili powder to taste


Bake Mahi in the oven at 400degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven, shred and place in the soup pot. Enjoy!!

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