How To Make Homemade Tom Yam Paste

This Thai spice paste sure packs a punch! Known for its signature sour and spicy flavors, you can use this fragrant tom yam paste to make classic Thai dishes in the comforts of your own home.

Spice up your dishes with this Tom Yam paste! Aside from the popular Tom Yam Soup, you can also use it to flavor your meats, fried rice and noodles. You can even fry it up with your favorite pasta to give it an extra spicy kick. The possibilities are endless.

What you need:

  • 4 fresh red chili, cut into smaller pieces
  • 8 dried chili, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, sliced thinly
  • 2 cm galangal , sliced thinly
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 6 shallots, sliced
  • 2 tsp dried shrimp
  • 4 kaffir lime leaf, sliced into strips
  • ½ cup of chopped coriander leaves with stems
  • 2 Tbsp tamarind paste (seeds removed)
  • 1 Tbsp palm sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp water

First, heat up a pan under low medium heat and add cooking oil.

Individually fry red chili, dried chili, garlic, shallots, dried shrimp, lemongrass and galangal for 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant. You have to fry them separately as they cook at different rates, but you can use the same pan to do so.

Using a food processor or a blender, blend fried ingredients, kaffir lime leaves, coriander and tamarind with 1 Tbsp water till it forms a paste.

Heat up pan under low medium heat and add 4 Tbsp of cooking oil.

Fry all blended ingredients with 1 Tbsp fish sauce until fragrant.

Lastly, add palm sugar, and stir well. You’ll know it’s done when the oil surfaces.

And there you go! You’ve made your very own homemade Tom Yam paste.