Hearts of Palm Soup

Oi Gente!

Have you ever tried cooking with hearts of palm?

If you haven’t, this Brazilian Hearts of Palm soup is definitely a great recipe to start with. It’s super easy to make and it tastes delicate and tangy. Uma delicia! It’s a perfect soup for a quick lunch, and even more perfect as a special entree right before a nice dinner party. This effortless hearts of palm recipe will become your new favorite.

hearts of palm soup recipe

Hearts of Palm Taste

If you haven’t tasted hearts of palm yet, we need to address that, meus amigos. They are deeee-licious! They have a light tangy taste, almost like an artichoke. Their texture is lightly crunchy on the outside and soft, creamy-ish on the inside. And if your wondering just what the heck they are in the first place, I got you!  

What is Hearts of Palm?

Hearts of palm are exactly what they sound like – the heart of a palm. I meant it! They are the inner core of certain palm trees.

Here in the US they’re pretty easy to find canned, although in Brazil and other countries they tend to come in a glass jar. Same, same. 

This is what they look like…

hearts of palm soup recipe

How to Cook Hearts of Palm

Palmitos, how we call hearts of palm in Portuguese, are pretty versatile and don’t necessarily need to be cooked. My favorite way of eating them is, for starters, straight out of the can. Once you try them, you’ll see that you’ll always end up buying double the amount of cans you actually need because when you open a can to prepare a dish, you’ll start snacking on them uncontrollably, and next thing you know there’s nothing left for the actual dish. You tell me later this ain’t true…

Hearts of palm salads are another great way to eat them, and they’re also fun to serve chopped up as a little aperitif, or appetizer with some olives, cold cuts, fresh herbs and olive oil drizzled on top. These weird looking baton things can even be used in hot dishes too, like quiches and savory pies. And of course, hearts of palm soup! 

If you’re looking for a light lunch or the perfect entree to serve before your main dish at a dinner party, look no further. This little soup will sure impress your guests. 

hearts of palm soup recipe

Sopa de palmito can be enjoyed pretty much all year round as this dish can be savored warm in cool months, and cool in warm months. Oh, and it reheats wonderfully!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.

Bom Apetite,

Beijinhos xoxo

Hearts of Palm Soup Recipe Instructions

  1. Just slice the hearts of palm like this… no fancy cuts needed here, since we’ll be blending everything later. You can save a few slices to garnish your soup, if you want.

    hearts of palm soup recipe

  2. Then just add them all to a pot with water, or chicken stock and thyme, and bring it to a boil.

    hearts of palm soup recipe

  3. Remove the thyme, then blend everything, then add the parmesan cheese and the cream. And that’s it!

This is one of my favorite hearts of palm recipes! If you’re looking for a quick dish that’s easy enough to be served for mid-week lunches or dinner, but is special enough that can also impress guests at a dinner party, I recommend giving this recipe a try.

Let me know how you like it! 

hearts of palm soup recipe

Love Soup? Check out these other soup recipes:

Portuguese Green Soup

Canja de Galinha – Brazilian Chicken and Rice Soup

Vegan Red Lentil Soup

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Hearts of Palm Soup

The special flavors of this easy, one pot hearts of palm soup make it the perfect dish to impress guests at a dinner party or just enjoy as a light lunch.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 cups
Author: Aline Shaw


  • 4 cans of hearts of palm, drained and sliced
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups of chicken stock, or water
  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the sliced hearts of palm into a medium pan
  • Add the stock and the thyme and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. 
  • Remove the thyme and discard, then blend the cooked hearts of palm in the liquid using an immersion blender
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and the cream, then stir to combine. 

Bom Apetite!

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      1. 4 stars
        I had Heart of Palm Soup at a Brazilian Steakhouse and had to figure out how to make it at home. This is so yummy. I added crushed red pepper for a lil heat but even without it, it was delish….

    1. Omg I tried a few hearts of palm dishes when I was in Costa Rica! I had no clue that they sell it at Whole Foods! I have to try your recipe ASAP!

    2. 5 stars
      I really love soup. They are simply comforting. This Brazilian Hearts of Palm soup looks really delicious. I’m sure I will love this more. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    3. 5 stars
      I’ve never tried heart of palms before and now I’m intrigued. This combination sounds delicious and a perfect way to welcome Fall weather.

    4. 5 stars
      I’ve never had hearts of palm, but thanks to your description, I know I’d like them! This soup looks so dreamy!

    5. 5 stars
      Wow! This soup recipe blows me away! Never would I have thought to cook with hearts of palm but this recipe sounds amazing! I’m going to give it a try!

    6. 5 stars
      I have only ever had hearts of palm in a salad and never thought about adding it to a soup, but it sounds brilliant. I love the ingredients in this and it looks SO CREAMY! Perfect for the fall days that are quickly approaching!

      1. Hey, Jenni! Don’t you love how there are many ways to enjoy a great ingredient, especially ways we didn’t think of before? Cooking is so fun!! Thanks for stopping by! Bom Apetite!!

    7. 5 stars
      The other day I started craving asparagus soup, which has nothing to do with palmito, but I came in here looking for that and landed here. I love palmito!!! Made it next day and it made me soooo happy! Simple, easy and so tasty! Love it! Thank you for posting it!!

      1. Ahahaha this made me laugh! I’m happy you got happy and enjoyed the palmito stop instead!! Now you have me wanting asparagus soup too – I’ll make it and let you know. Deal? haha 🙂

    8. 5 stars
      It was super easy and very good. But mine was very thick and chunky. I blended the heck out of her.

      Add some crab meat after first bowl yum!

      1. I like me so chunks of hearts of palm here and there – some of them can be a little more fibrous, so that can happen… blending the heck out of it does help ahaha And the crab meat in it sounds delightful!

    9. This looks amazing…can’t wait to try it…question about the cheese…it almost looks like powdered parm cheese in the picture…what do you recommend for the cheese, freshly sliced, grated, can powdered, etc.?

      Thank you!

    10. I’ve been eating heart of palm all my life.
      Only difference is we brown small little sausages first for flavor. And my men like meat. Sooo delicious!!!

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