Buttermilk Corn Soup

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  • Each serving
  • 470 cal
  • 22g fat (4g sat)
  • 230mg chol
  • 620mg sodium
  • 39g carb
  • 7g fiber
  • 18g sugars
  • 35g protein


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 avocado – pitted, peeled and diced
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, to garnish


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in 2 cloves garlic, cumin, coriander and a pinch of cayenne. Cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add corn and increase heat to medium-high. Sauté until tender and just starting to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Transfer half of the corn mixture to a blender or food processor and add half the buttermilk; puree until smooth. Pass through a fine mesh strainer, if desired, and transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining half of corn mixture and buttermilk. Stir in lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add shrimp, 1 clove minced garlic, a pinch of cayenne, salt and pepper. Sauté until shrimp turn bright pink and are opaque, about 3 minutes.

Serve chilled soup garnished with shrimp, avocado and cilantro.

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