Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut & Corn

In this easy Sweet Potato Soup recipe, sweet potatoes and corn are simmered in coconut milk for a delicious, healthy & filling soup.

This sweet potato soup recipe has been on rotation in my kitchen for many years. It is filling, satisfying, really warms the belly and clears any sign of a head cold. The kids love the sweet and nutty flavours. The spice level is subtle, totally family-friendly.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Corn and sweet potatoes: they complement each other so beautifully with their sweet, earthy flavours. Feel free to use frozen corn (and even frozen sweet potato cubes if you can find them, to make it even simpler).
  • Aromatics: the natural sweetness of the base provides a perfect backdrop for warming ginger, subtle garlic and a bit of chilli.
  • Cilantro: adds a fresh, citrusy flavour.
  • Coconut milk: contributes a nutty counterpoint and lovely creaminess.

NOTE: I freeze whole ginger root and grate it from frozen, freeze chillies and run under hot water briefly before mincing, and bulk-mince garlic in the food processor and freeze using this method. This makes prep even quicker and this yummy soup is always possible spontaneously with mostly pantry/freezer ingredients.

Tips for Making This Sweet Potato Soup:

  • Cooking the onions takes about 10 minutes, so I start here and use that cooking time to prep the remaining ingredients. No time wasted waiting.
  • Simmering the sweet potatoes is the other time-consuming part, but totally hands off. Feel free to speed things up by using the pressure cooker. 6 minutes on high pressure for perfectly-soft sweet potatoes.

Serve with warm naan or oven-crisped pita bread brushed with olive oil.

Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut & Corn

Sweet Potato Soup with Coconut & Corn

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Keyword Sweet Potato Soup


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt divided use
  • 1 serrano or Thai chilli pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 0.5 oz fresh ginger about 1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped
  • ¼ cup packed chopped fresh cilantro plus more for garnish
  • 4 cups chicken broth if using low sodium, you’ll need about 1 tsp more salt
  • 1 ½ lbs sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 14- oz can coconut milk
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)


  • Heat the oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook the onions with 1/2 tsp of salt until soft, about 10 minutes. Add chilli, garlic, ginger and cilantro and cook another 2 minutes until soft.
  • Add broth, sweet potato chunks, remaining tsp of salt, coconut milk and corn and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are very soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Puree soup using an immersion blender or by blending it in two batches with a standing blender. Taste, add more salt if needed. Top with more cilantro, if desired.


Yields about 9 cups of soup.
Keyword Sweet Potato Soup

Last Updated on September 4, 2021 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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3 months ago

5 stars
This soup is delicious! I put the sweet potatoes in a pan with a little oil to sauté before adding to the rest of the soup. Did not take long at all..

Laure Medeiros
Laure Medeiros
2 years ago

5 stars
That soup is sooo good!
The garnish is perfect! Don’t forget to eat it with cooked pita bread (olive oil + salt)!

2 years ago

5 stars
This has become a staple soup in our house. It’s so easy and delicious and all the main ingredients are available at Costco (bonus). I make it without cilantro cause our local grocery store doesn’t carry it for some reason and no spice so the kids can have it. On top of that its vegan. It’s great for dinners and for packed lunches. You can’t go wrong with this soup.

Michael M.
Michael M.
2 years ago

5 stars
A fantastic, delicious recipe! Made with flavorful, tasty ingredients and just the right amount of spice, it is quick and very easy to prepare.

2 years ago

Before I start cooking I need to know how many servings does this recipe make ?

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