Thai Tom Saap Pork Ribs Soup Recipe [Paleo, AIP, Keto]

Thai Tom Saap Pork Ribs Soup Recipe [Paleo, AIP, Keto]

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • 1 lb pork spare ribs (get small ones if possible cut into 2-inch chunks) (you can use other meats if you prefer)
  • 2 small red shallots, chopped into large chunks (or use 1 large yellow onion)
  • 34 small lemongrass stalks, chopped
  • 10 thick slices of galangal (or use ginger)
  • 8 cups water
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves (or use cilantro), tear them up
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: chilis, green onions for garnish


  1. Place the pork spare ribs into a large pot of water and boil for 10 minutes. Pour out the liquid with the froth.
  2. Pour approx. 8 cups of new water into the pot with the ribs, and add in the shallots, lemongrass, galangal, and salt to the pot.
  3. Simmer on low heat with the lid on (so you don’t lose all the great soup) for 1 hour.
  4. Check the ribs are tender, then add in the kaffir lime leaves, (chilis if you want it spicy and if you’re not on AIP), fish sauce, the juice from 1 lime, and salt to taste.