Simmering Thai Hot Pot (Immune Boosting)

By: Cat Ebeling, BSN, co-author of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning KitchenThe Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging & The Diabetes Fix

I made this recipe up and has been a huge hit with family and friends. It’s also a fun and different dish to make when having company and sure to be popular! It has a wonderful, slightly spicy curry flavor with lemongrass, lime, and creamy coconut milk. You can use fish, chicken, shrimp or even thinly sliced pork for protein.

While Thai recipes seem to contain a lot of ingredients, the ingredients make all the difference. If you cannot find lemongrass at your local grocery store or health food store, you can just use lemon or lime for seasoning.

Thai recipes generally use coconut milk to give them that smooth creamy taste, and I think it tastes way better than regular dairy milk or cream. Plus, coconut milk contains healthy saturated fats, with plenty of medium chain triglycerides that help you to burn fat, lower your blood sugar, keep your energy blasting and feed your brain with the fats it needs to work well.

Coconut milk also contains lauric acid, which is fights viruses, bacteria, fungus, and other dangerous microbes that can make you sick. The lauric acid is a great immune booster, so perfect for any time of the year when you need that extra boost to fight off colds and flu.

Thai food also contains some powerful spices that make it especially good for you, including garlic, olive oil, ginger, lemon grass and the super-food turmeric. Garlic, ginger and turmeric are powerful anti-inflammatories, immune boosters and have been proven to kill cancer cells.

Shitake mushrooms are also powerful immune boosters and contain polysaccharides, terpenoids, sterols and lipids linked to immune boosting cholesterol lowering, and cancer fighting benefits. And the cilantro is detoxifying, helping to remove heavy metals like mercury.

So, you see, this is the perfect dish to power up your immune system, fill your body with massive super-foods and antioxidants, and enjoy!


  • 2-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 T grass fed butter or coconut oil
  • 1 T minced fresh ginger
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 stalk lemon grass out leaves removed, cut down middle and cut in 2″ sections
  • 2-4 small carrots sliced thinly
  • Sliced fresh shitake mushrooms or baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 to 1 lb chicken, or firm flesh fish like salmon, cod, halibut, tuna cut in 1” chunks

Saute the above ingredients in butter over medium heat until slightly tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Then add the following:

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup tamarind sauce
  • 2 T fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 tsp minced fresh turmeric root
  • Juice of one lime
  • Hot pepper flakes to taste
  • A handful of chopped cilantro (for garnish)


Simmer for 10-15 minutes until meat is cooked through and vegetables are tender. Serve over brown rice, quinoa or zoodles (zucchini noodles). Garnish with generous amount of cilantro. Serves about 4 but watch out–it’s very popular!

Bon Appetit!

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Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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  1. It looks as though there are bamboo shoots and something long and green in your picture???

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