Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free } - girlheartfood.com

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu

My new favourite vegetarian soup, this Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu has deliciousness to the max, you guys!  There’s a rich curry and coconut based broth seasoned with flavours of garlic and ginger and then there’s marinated grilled tofu with loads of veggies, including mushrooms, peppers and spinach.  Plus, zucchini noodles – how fun! 

What’s up?  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this past Friday?  Drink green beer?  Wear a silly shirt ? Do tell!  As usual, our weekend was food filled.  The weather was decent this weekend (unlike last) so we decided to venture out on Saturday.  We have this farmer’s market here, which is quite popular in the summertime.  You can purchase locally grown veggies, lamb, eggs and even buy prepared meals.  The smells wafting through the spot is amazing!  This time of year there’s not much in the way of veggies for sale cause local farmer’s can basically only grow in the summer; our weather doesn’t allow growing year round.  But, there were lots and lots of food vendors there, all the same – everything ranging from curry, brisket, cupcakes, charcuterie,  pickles, spice mixes to extravagant grilled cheese sandwiches.

Hubby and I opted to get this wicked good brisket sandwich.  The sandwich was prepared right in front of us and there was a kosher pickle thrown in for good measure.  With big smiles on our faces, we took our wrapped sandwiches as if it were the best thing ever and headed on.   We grabbed a couple of coffees and the newspaper on the way home and we were set!  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a coffee with my sandwich.  The two go together like peanut butter and jam, in my opinion.  How about you?

The farmer’s market is supposed to be moving to a larger facility which is going to be awesome because I can imagine that there’s going to be a lot more vendors there.  It always amazes me when we go out and about how many talented people there are and, not only that, the wide variety of cuisines available in our little city.  I think next time, I’m going for some curry; I really enjoy curry, especially when it’s extra spicy!

Speaking of farmer’s markets and food and veggies, onto this Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup, shall we?  I love this soup!  It’s so easy to prepare and disappears in no time.  For the tofu, you really want to get some of that moisture out.  I used, and recommend, firm tofu.  Cut that block in half and wrap in brown paper towel.  Lay on a plate and place something heavy on it, like a cast iron pan, to press some of the excess moisture out.  You’re going to want to do that a couple of times.  Then, marinade in a simple mixture of soy sauce and sesame oil for about 10 minutes. Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free}-girlheartfood.com

You remove the tofu from the marinade and place on a griddle pan for about 5 minutes, turning once.  Cut into cubes and that part is done.  So easy, right?  And check out those awesome grill marks below!  Woot woot! #TheLittleThings.

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free} - girlheartfood.com

I recently picked up a new spiralizer after wanting one forever.  It was one of those things that I thought that I didn’t need, but all of a sudden do (Things I’ve Learned Being a Food Blogger) #StoryofMyLife.  In all seriousness, though, they are pretty convenient and super fun to use.

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free}-girlheartfood.com

This recipe comes together quite quickly, so I would suggest having all your ingredients prepped in advance.  It makes this move along smoothly and that way you can get this goodness in yo belly faster!

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free} - girlheartfood.com

You fry out some shallot in coconut oil, add some spices, stock and coconut milk, remainder of veggies, noodles, reserved tofu and then garnish.  See, told ya!  Easy.  And you know me and my garnish.  Loves it, I do.  Extra cilantro, extra chili for me.  I want it ALL!  If you don’t like cilantro, as I’ve said before, feel free to leave out or use parsley or even some green onion.

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free} - girlheartfood.com

This soup is quite relishing.  There’s something about it that just hits the spot.  It didn’t last long in our home.  Hubby and I ate some right away and went back for  more.  The tofu adds a lovely substance and the coconut base is deadly good.  And if you want to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to serve alongside, grilled naan would work wonderful.  Dip that stuff in the broth and you are set for a train to flava town, my friends!

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free}-girlheartfood.com

Oh, and don’t forget a little squeeze of lime!  It really brightens the dish up (lemon works wonderfully too).

Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free}-girlheartfood.com

Hope you enjoy this one!  It’s delicious!

Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon!

~D

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Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu
My new favourite vegetarian soup, this Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu has deliciousness to the max, you guys!  There's a rich curry and coconut based broth seasoned with flavours of garlic and ginger and then there's marinated grilled tofu with loads of veggies, including mushrooms, peppers and spinach.  Plus, zucchini noodles - how fun! 
Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free } - girlheartfood.com
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Grilled Tofu
Spiralized Zucchini Curry Coconut Soup
Suggested Garnishes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Grilled Tofu
Spiralized Zucchini Curry Coconut Soup
Suggested Garnishes
Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu {vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free } - girlheartfood.com
Instructions
Grilled Tofu
  1. Cut tofu in half and wrap in brown paper towel and place on a plate covered with a heavy pot to press some moisture out. Leave 5 minutes and repeat once more.
  2. Remove brown paper towel from tofu and discard. Combine soy sauce and sesame oil and pour over tofu in a shallow dish and leave 10 minutes.
  3. Remove tofu from soy sauce/sesame oil mixture and grill for 5 minutes on medium heat using a pan with grills (if you want the grill marks) turning once. Cut into small cubes and lay to one side for later. Reserve marinade.
Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup
  1. In a pot over medium low add coconut oil. Cook shallot until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, curry powder, chili flakes, salt and pepper and cook 1 minute.
  2. To mixture, add coconut milk, veggie stock, mushrooms, bell pepper and reserved marinade. Bring to low simmer and cook 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook 2 minutes more. Add baby spinach and cook about 1 minute until just wilted. Portion into bowls and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

-You can also substitute with another type of noodle if you wish.  Soba noodles work lovely here too, for example.

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74 thoughts on “Zucchini Noodle Curry Coconut Soup with Grilled Tofu

  1. Justine | JustineCelina.com says:

    You know what’s weird? I LOVE tofu and never have I grilled it. WHY!? I have no idea. But this soup has be sold — it combines everything I love in one little (or big!) bowl. Great recipe Dawn — I just pinned it! Have a great weekend!

  2. Vicky Chin says:

    My mouth is watering just looking at your soup ! It looks delicious ! There is something with curry and coconut, they just go so well together ! I love to walk around farmers market too, that’s my kind of shopping ! Thanks for sharing !

  3. Cathy | whatshouldimakefor.com says:

    that sauce! i think i could drink it! and a big yes to coffee with my sandwich. my parents ALWAYS have coffee with their lunch and the apple does not fall far. can’t wait to make this one and i know what you mean about the spiralizer…i have two!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you Cathy! I just picked up more tofu to whip this up again this weekend! I’m trying to spiralize everything these days, lol 😀 It’s just too fun!! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend 🙂

  4. Adina says:

    So lucky to have a farmer’s market near you, it is one of the things I missed most here in the rural area where we live now. The soup looks amazing, I can imagine it becoming a favorite for me too. Can you recommend a good spiralizer? I would like to have one, but there are either the cheap ones made of plastic that I don’t trust or the really expensive ones, that I can’t really affort, I mean it’s just a spiralizer. So I have been putting it off forever, because I just cannot decide.
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you Adina!! I want to make another batch soon 🙂 Yes, I can definitely recommend a spiralizer! I bought one on Amazon. It’s called ‘World Cuisine 4 Blade 5 Cut Sprializer Pro. It was around $60 Canadian. You can get another version with a 3 blade for around $40 Canadian. I read good reviews on it before purchasing and after using it for a bit, I’m quite happy with! Hope it works out for you too!

  5. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table says:

    What a lovely little morning at the farmer’s market! We need to round up the kiddos this weekend and go to ours – now that it’s spring, it would be fun just to wander and roam and see what they’re starting to put out! As for this soup, I’m loving everything about it! I’m similarly addicted to how fun my spiralizer is, love love love some curry anything and you know I adore all the veggies here. Plus, bring on the spice and the tofu! I’m gonna make a batch of this and keep it all to myself! 😉 XO
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I can’t wait to visit the farmer’s market again, especially as the weather warms and there’s lots of veggies! I’m definitely on a spiralizer kick lately and trying to spiralize everything, lol 😀 You’re going to love this one, Kathryn. And I can’t blame ya for keeping it all to yourself 😉 Thanks, my friend! XO

  6. Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com says:

    Strolling through farmer’s markets is such a beautiful weekend activity. I love our local farmer’s market -I always end up with the most delicious bag of fresh produce. I would love to eat brisket, my husband raved about eating brisket in Dallas. It is not something you come across easily here in London, at least I did not so far but it sounds most delicious! Your soup sounds perfect for the first days of spring, I like coconut based soups and ginger. I have bought a spiralizer a while ago and finally started to use it – so much fun 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Farmer’s markets are the best, aren’t they, especially in the summer when veggies are a lot more plentiful! Coconut based soup have got to be on the tip top of my favourite list! Isn’t the spiralizer fun? I don’t know what I enjoy more….eating the noodles or making them!

  7. Shashi at RunninSrilankan says:

    Dawn, your farmers market sounds like such a wonderful hangout! I’m assuming it’s indoors right?
    There’s a farmers market here -The Dekalb Farmers Market- with a similar set up – they have all kinds of food there after you pick up your veggies and what nots.
    You gave me some food for thought this morning – while I’ve enjoyed coffee AFTER my sandwich, I don’t think I’ve ever had it WITH my sammie – now am curious – next time I’m having a sandwich I need to try having coffee with it! I just might enjoy it as much as I’ve grown to enjoy jam with fried chicken on a sammie – sounds weird right? At least thats what I thought till I tried it. Btw – you made this soup for me – right? It is filled with ALL the things I LOVE – that garlic and ginger spiced coconut base is my kinda eats! Delicious! Happy Wednesday to ya – here’s hoping the temps warm up for ya too – we were almost 70 yesterday!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Yes, you’re right….it is indoors 🙂 Next time you definitely have to try your coffee with your sandwich; I know you’ll love it! Jam with fried chicken on a sandwich sounds PERFECT to me. This is coming from someone who like, pb, jam and cheese on a burger, lol 😀 Soooooo good! I’m going to have to try your sandwich next time! Yes, totally made this soup for you 😉 Hope you get a chance to try it; I can’t wait to make it again and if we were neighbours, I’d send ya over some 🙂 Happy Wednesday to you too, my friend! Totally jealous of your warmer temps! Spring can’t come soon enough!

  8. Milena | craftbeering.com says:

    Yep! Canadians definitely know how to farmer’s market:) A few years ago Chris and I went to Vancouver for a week and rented a condo with fully equipped kitchen mostly so we could take the water taxi to the Farmer’s market on Granville Island and then be able to bring ‘home’ super fresh seafood and veggies. Oh, good times! We went every day. Only ate dinner out twice. They had it all down to perfection those people at the market. We would eat all kinds of snacks while there, drink beers, then bring the food to the condo, walk around the city to get hungry again, buy local wine or beer and go to cook while enjoying the beautiful city views. I see a similar vacation to your side of Canada soon:) Never grilled tofu before! Seems perfect in your pics. Will have to try this recipe soon.
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  9. Milena | craftbeering.com says:

    Yep! Canadians definitely know how to farmer’s market:) A few years ago Chris and I went to Vancouver for a week and rented a condo with fully equipped kitchen mostly so we could take the water taxi to the Farmer’s market on Granville Island and then be able to bring ‘home’ super fresh seafood and veggies. Oh, good times! We went every day. Only ate dinner out twice. They had it all down to perfection those people at the market. We would eat all kinds of snacks while there, drink beers, then bring the food to the condo, walk around the city to get hungry again, buy local wine or beer and go to cook while enjoying the beautiful city views. I see a similar vacation to your side of Canada soon:) Never grilled tofu before! Seems perfect in your pics. Will have to try this recipe soon.
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I get so excited at farmer’s markets and want to buy everything!! Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time in Vancouver! Hubby and I would probably go to the farmer’s market every day too 🙂 So much selection, right? Thanks so much, Milena 🙂 Hope you’re having a lovely week!

  10. Jolina says:

    This soup looks amazing! The colour is so vibrant and I can already imagine the depth of flavour in it. We love tofu! And yeah, they can hold a ton of moisture it always surprises us when we need to dry them out. Crushing on those grill marks BTW. We avoided drunk people on St. Patrick’s Day. Instead we did the whole adult thing and did our taxes! Oh joy.

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you Jolina! I can’t believe how much moisture is in tofu….it’s crazy! That stuff is delicious, though. Totally takes on flavour super well. Thanks for the grill mark love; I was pretty pleased with them 😉 Cheers to a wonderful week, my friend 🙂

  11. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    You know what I did for St Pats Day. heeheehee 😉 Girl, this soup looks so dang delicious! I love curry anything and I have a big block of firm tofu in the refrig from my latest Korean market trip so I’m making this for dinner this week. And I’m gonna put some kimchi on top of the soup (is that okay?) 🙂 BTW, I don’t own a spiralizer (my bad) so I’ll leave those out or I’ll add some rice noodles.
    Coffee with a sandwich? Only if it’s a breakfast sandwich or a sweet treat. I like drinking sparkling water with a sandwich…and a big bag of potato chips! 🙂
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I do, I do 😉 So happy you’re gonna try it! I’m sure that the kimchi would be awesome…’cause kimchi 🙂 You’ll have a fusion flavour goin’ on! Let me know how you like it! We had potato chips with our sandwich too (salt and vinegar to be exact) and it was goooo—oood 😀 Thanks gf! XOXO

  12. Cindy says:

    Oh I am so jealous…. pork sandwich + kosher pickles. Sounds delish. We had an awesome b-day weekend for my son and were able to celebrate with all four grandparents. Good stuff. In fact, don’t put it past the grandparents to throw back a few Paddy drinks. They put us to shame! All in the name of celebration, eh? Anyhow, this is a clever way to use that spiraler that sits in my cabinet and I am getting curry vibes sent to me through your blog so gonna try!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      It was pretty yummy! Can’t beat a good sandwich! Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, Cindy!! Lots of quality time with your family, which was lovely! The spiralizer is new to me and now I’m looking to spiralize everything, lol 😀 Thanks very much and happy Monday to ya 🙂

  13. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says:

    First of all, those are some GORGEOUS grill marks on your tofu! Second, can I just say that this soup sounds ridiculously good :). All those veggies and some curry in there too? This is sooo right up my alley! I’m glad you had fun at the farmer’s market. But is it even possible not to have fun at a farmer’s market?
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  14. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says:

    We celebrated at home with friends, eating and drinking all things Irish Dawn! So glad you had fun too. I’m counting the days til the outdoor farmer’s markets open here. Always so fun to walk around and buy fresh fruits and veggies. Ok, so I’m loving this soup, but I’m a tofu chicken! I’ve never tried it, but that shot of your grilled tofu actually makes it look good, so maybe I’ll have to conquer my tofu fear!
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  15. heather (delicious not gorgeous) says:

    i used to be such a hold out on zucchini noodles; how could they possibly compete with normal noodles?! but i love how tender and sweet they get, even without cooking, and i know they’d be delicious in here.

    i didn’t celebrate st. patrick’s day, though i did go out for chinese food (beef roll, which tastes and looks better than it sounds, and hand-pulled noodles mmm) and matcha affogato last night, which made me a very happy camper.
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  16. Nicoletta @sugarlovespices says:

    We love Farmers markets! We always buy our veggies and fruit, there, every Saturday. And what you described looks like our kind od Saturday 🙂 . This soup is something I like to eat on a regular basis: the grilled tofu, so good, the curry and coconut base, yum, and the spiralized zucchini, fun! Pinned it! Have a great start of the week!
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  17. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    You got me so excited for farmers’ market season! Soon that will become our Saturday morning haunt!! And brisket is the treat of all treats when we’re in the mood for BBQ! It’s actually my favorite offering on a BBQ menu! (I feel like I’m saying BBQ a lot!). So, this soup – WOW! I love how bright and packed with flavor it is! This is a winning recipe, my friend! I’d love a big bowl or two for lunch today! Have a great week!! Cheers! XOXO
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  18. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Farmer’s markets are definitely my happy place! Bravo for venturing out this weekend to one.. I’m too much of a puss to go stroll around outside when it’s cold. Even though you would probably say it’s not too cold here! lol. I’m a wimp!! 🙂 We didn’t do anything special for St. Patty’s day other than drink a few green colored cocktails. We are boring. Annnyways, LOVE this soup!! I’m obsessed with all things coconut and curry, so this is totally speaking my language! And I looooove those zucchini noodles! I’ve never tried to grill tofu before! What?! Clearly I need to get on that ASAP! Looks so delicious, my friend! Cheers! <3
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Can’t blame ya, Cheyanne! Sounds like you had a pretty chill St. Patrick’s Day! I’m all about that!! I’m obsessed with coconut and curry too and could possibly eat every day. You need to grill some tofu, girl. You’re going to love it…at least I hope so 😉 Thanks so much! XO

  19. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh man, I love wandering around farmer’s markets! It’s fun just to see what everyone has out…it also gets my creative juices flowing and makes me want to come home and cook with our new purchases (whatever they may be). I wholeheartedly, 100% support the brisket sandwich idea…even with a cup of coffee! 🙂 But this soup….this soup….it sounds amazing! I’ve never gotten on the tofu train, but I think I just didn’t know how to cook it correctly. You know me. I love to grill…so I need to give grilled tofu a shot. I bet it adds so much flavor to this soup! Glad you and the hubby had an awesome weekend, Dawn! Here’s to a great Monday, my friend!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I totally know what you mean! I tend to overbuy veggies at the farmer’s market in the summertime because everything looks so good and I want it all! You definitely need to try grilled tofu. It’s actually really good, especially when it’s marinated. Hope you get a chance to try the recipe 🙂 Thanks, David, and have a fantastic week!

  20. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Dawn! Farmer’s markets are the best and I can’t wait till my opens soon! I got my fair share of corned beef. My husband and I went out for dinner (actually on Thurs instead of Friday) for St. Patrick’s Day, and then I made corned beef in the slow cooker yesterday. I wish I would’ve have some of this soup, though! I’m LOVING this flavor! Although I’m not a fan of coconut, I do like the curry and tofu in here. And those zucchini noodles are calling my name. Sounds so flavorful and perfect for any time of year! Pinned! Hope your week is off to a great start!
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