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Healing Asian Soup with Ginger

I first made this healing Asian Soup with Ginger for a food blogging friend who was going through chemotherapy, and it’s warm and comforting.

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This Healing Asian Soup with Ginger is a recipe I created when a lovely food blogging friend was going through chemotherapy, and it’s a wonderful tummy soothing soup whenever you need something like that. Of course chicken broth is a well-used treatment for all kinds of sicknesses, so the soup has that for the base.

But the most important thing about the soup is lots of fresh ginger, simmered in the broth to bring out all the ginger flavor and healing properties! Ginger is known to help with stomach issues. And this soup is easy to make, because of course you don’t want to cook much when your stomach feels queasy. And while I hope you don’t need to make a soup like this one too often, it will be soothing and also tasty if you need it!

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Easy Steps for Making Healing Asian Soup with Ginger:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Nothing sounds more healing to me than soup with lots of ginger to soothe the tummy. You can change the rest of this recipe any way you wish, but don’t skip the step of simmering the thick slices of ginger root in chicken stock.
  2. For a clear soup, strain the chicken broth after you’ve simmered the ginger. (You can skip this step, but definitely the soup will be prettier and more appetizing if it’s strained. A coffee filter works well if you don’t have a yogurt strainer like the one I used above.)
  3. Once you’ve infused the chicken stock with ginger and then strained it, add mushrooms, and cook one minute, then spinach and cook one minute more.
  4. Then add just the slightest bit of green onion for another few seconds. This is a soup that’s healing, soothing, and easy to make.

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Healing Asian Soup with Ginger finished soup in serving bowl

Healing Asian Soup with Ginger

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Whenever your tummy needs something warm and comforting. this Healing Asian Soup with Ginger will hit the spot!


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 thick slices fresh ginger root (or more)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1 green onion, very thinly sliced


  1. In medium saucepan, bring chicken stock to a low simmer. (If you're starting with canned chicken broth, I would simmer an additional 15-20 minutes to reduce the broth and make it more flavorful before you add the ginger.)
  2. Add ginger slices and let simmer at least 15 minutes or longer. (Taste to see if you have as much ginger flavor as you'd like.)
  3. If you'd like a clear soup, use a yogurt strainer or coffee filter to strain the ginger-infused chicken stock, then rinse pan and put strained stock back into pan. You can add a small amount of water if you feel the stock has reduced too much.
  4. While ginger simmers in stock, wash and slice mushrooms and thinly slice spinach leaves.
  5. Clean green onion and slice into very thin slices.
  6. Bring infused stock back to a low simmer, then add mushrooms and simmer 1 minute.
  7. Add sliced spinach and simmer one minute more.
  8. Turn off heat and add green onions, then serve soup hot, with chopsticks to eat the veggies after you drink the broth.


I used my homemade chicken stock for this soup, but if you don't have homemade stock just use three cans of chicken broth and simmer to concentrate the flavor.

This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from several Asian cookbooks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 957mgCarbohydrates: 5.1gFiber: 2gSugar: 2.3gProtein: 3.8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This healing and tasty soup is low in carbs and suitable for all phases of the original South Beach Diet, and it’s also gluten-free, Paleo, and Whole 30 approved.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
Barbara from Winos and Foodies was one of those wonderfully genuine and positive people that everyone loved, even those of us who lived halfway around the world from her and could only enjoy her spirit through the internet. When Barbara courageously shared the news that her cancer had returned, Ilva and Bron organized a giant virtual hug for Barbara to let her know how much healing energy was being sent her way. This soup was my contribution to that event. Sadly, Barbara lost her battle with cancer in 2012. At that time I dedicated a recipe to her memory, and her spirit is greatly missed in the food blogging world.

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    40 Comments on “Healing Asian Soup with Ginger”

  1. I like to have this soup for breakfast. Better then a cup of coffee! Thanks for this easy, tasty, soothing soup recipe.

  2. Can Imagine Not Chicken Broth be substituted for plant-based diets?

  3. This soup is so heartwarming and the flavor is amazing. Also, it is quick to make. Thanks 🙂

  4. Wonderful recipe Kalyn! I thought I was coming down with a cold so I decided to make this soup. I did add a little garlic powder and a bit of liquid aminos, but I just finished by bowl and I already feel wonderful. Thank you for sharing and for making such a loving recipe for Barbara. 🙂

  5. So glad you enjoyed it!

  6. I made this for my vegan gf so I used a veggie broth instead. I also added a few thai chilis (I'm addicted to heat!), a little bit of tofu and some cilantro for garnish and it was very good. Thank you for the recipe!

  7. Greg, thank you and I really hope the soup will help.

  8. I came accross your blog while searching for dishes I can make with fresh ginger to help battle my partners flared up Gastritis. After 4 weeks of not keeping food down I am excited to give this infusion a try! Kalyn, your amazing and helping more people than you set out to which is a miracle to itself.

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  15. Swiss Water, tried to leave a comment on your post but I couldn't get the CAPTCHA to work. Great post about ginger.

  16. Hi Kalyn. We used your Healing Soup recipe in a post on our own blog about the natural benefits of Ginger, and would love it if you stopped by to check it out: http://www.swisswater.com/blog/?p=25

    Thanks again!