If you’re craving something cozy and comforting, you’re going to love this cilantro soup recipe. It’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

What We Love About This Cilantro Soup 

  • Creamy Goodness: This soup is luxuriously creamy, thanks to the combination of milk, heavy cream, and butter.
  • Simple Ingredients: Made with pantry staples like onions, flour, and chicken broth, this recipe is easy to whip up on a moment’s notice.
  • Versatile Dish: Enjoy it as a starter for a cozy dinner or pair it with a salad or sandwich for a satisfying lunch.
  • Family-Friendly: Even picky eaters will love the mild, comforting flavors of this soup. It’s a great way to sneak in some extra veggies, too. 

Cilantro Soup Ingredients

  • Milk: Milk adds creaminess and richness to the soup base.
  • Bay Leaves: Bay leaves infuse the milk with subtle, aromatic flavor.
  • Unsalted Butter: Unsalted butter adds richness and depth of flavor to the soup.
  • Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is used as cooking oil for sautéing the onions and flour mixture.
  • Onion: Onion, when cooked, has a mildly sweet flavor that adds depth of flavor to the soup.
  • Thickeners: Heavy cream and all-purpose flour help to thicken the soup. 
  • Fresh Cilantro: Fresh cilantro gives this soup its vibrant green color and fresh, herbaceous flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: Chicken broth adds to the overall flavor. 
  • Seasoning: Salt and white pepper.
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How to Make Cilantro Soup 

  1. Make the soup base. Simmer bay leaves in milk until it becomes fragrant.
  2. In a separate pot, sauté the onion in butter with oil. Add the flour and cook until it browns. 
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  3. Add the hot milk. Dissolve the flour into the milk.
  4. In a blender, combine the milk, onion, and cilantro. Blend until smooth.  
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  5. Return the cilantro mixture to the pot. Boil with the chicken broth and heavy cream. 
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  6. Remove from the heat. Add seasoning. 
  7. Serve. 

Storing and Reheating Instructions: 

  • To Store: Store any soup leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat: Reheat gently on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally.
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Recipe Additions

  • Add potatoes:  Add diced potatoes to the soup for added texture and heartiness.
  • Add canned tomatoes: Stir in some canned diced tomatoes for a slight twist on the classic recipe.
  • Add leafy greens: Add in your choice of leafy greens to make this soup more nutritious and good for you. 

Cilantro Soup

If you're craving something cozy and comforting, you're going to love this cilantro soup recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6



  • Add the milk and bay leaves to a large pot.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Discard the bay leaves.
  • Melt the butter with oil in another pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onion.
  • Saute for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Stir in the flour and cook for a 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Slowly pour in the hot milk, stirring well to combine and dissolve the flour into the liquid.
  • Add the milk onion mixture and cilantro to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Return the cilantro mixture to the pot.
  • Add the chicken broth and heavy cream.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the white pepper.
  • Season to taste with salt and serve.


  • Feel free to add a protein of your choice to make this cilantro soup more filling. 
  • Blend with an immersion blender if you prefer a smoother texture. 


Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 619mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 545IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Emma Kelly

Lover of smoosh faced dogs, cooking (of all kinds), spending as much time as I can in the garden (especially with homegrown veg and cut flowers), and diy’ing everything! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest for more easy meals, (mostly) healthy desserts and crave-worthy snacks. Learn more about me here.

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