Aug 06

really easy fish soup

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rascasseThis is a super-simple non-authentic take on BOUILLABAISSE = Provençal fish stew. For the PROPER THING, you need MANY FISH TYPES inc.RASCASSE (left), plus monkfish, red gurnard, John Dory, prawns, eels ect ect. However unless you live in THE CAMARGUE this will be v.pricey INDEED — plus fiddly to prepare. So I went for M&S SALMON FILLETS. A bit trepidatiously, as this is basically cheap farmed salmon, fake in colour, bland and wan in texture and taste. BUT IT WORKED. Experiment other fish as yr imagination and pocket allow!!

you will need:
1xcasserole which can take direct heat (=stand on gas or electric ring without bursting into pieces)
1lb tomatoes
two onions
four cloves garlic
olive oil
FISH (see above): 8 x M&S SALMON FILLETS for four large servings
(fish or prawn stock-cubes if you have em)
herbs etc = saffron, thyme, fennel, bayleaves
PLUS salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
[variants could include potatoes, leeks, avocado*, squeezed lime juice)

i. peel and chop toms
(peel=pop v.briefly in boiling water so skins split; hoik em out and get skins off — this is slippery work — then discard skins and chop what’s left)
(you can also de-skin large toms by holding them on a fork in a gas-ring flame)
ii. chop onions and garlic (and leeks) small
iii. heat olive oil in casserole
iv. cook onions, garlic, toms (leeks) till soft
v. meanwhile boil water (c.5 pints for 4 servings)
vi. when onions soft to taste, add water, herbs, fish or prawn stock
vii. boil for maybe an hour with the lid on
viii. turn down to simmer and add salmon — cook for for five mins
ix. add salt, pepper, cayenne and serve

v.filling multi-fish and potato variant
viii. turn down to simmer and add fish and potatoes — cook for 5-8 mins, removing each fish as it becomes cooked (test by taste); when all fish out continue to cook potatoes till v.v.tender — when ready put fish back in
ix. add salt, pepper, cayenne and serve

any left over will be brilliant cold next day — add either avocado or squeezed lime joice OR BOTH for superb taste sensation


  1. 1
    pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør on 13 Aug 2006 #

    (fish soup lesson#2 will = blaff!)

  2. 2
    Rob Brennan on 14 Aug 2006 #

    This reminds me – I must have bash at CULLEN SKINK when the weather gets colder.

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    Gill on 14 Mar 2007 #

    Hello. I am cooking your fish soup recipe now. Only I only have fish stock, no fish, and will have to use turmeric instead of saffron. But I will still blame you if it is horrible.


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    Gill on 14 Mar 2007 #

    It was delicious! the stock was from salt cod so was quite salty, and I added a yellow and a red pepper (quartered). I added some potato, cubed, and a few bits of penne just to give it more oomph and make up for lack of fish. Oh yes I also added 2 whole chilis which I took out before serving. Really nice. Thank you.


  5. 5

    yr welcome gill!!

    if you do ever use actual real fish then smoked haddock is a good one to include

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    Marisha on 28 Apr 2009 #

    The recipe looks simple. I gotta try it as well. Meanwhile, would you like to see my recipe? It’s a little bit Russianized and too much simplified. But depending on the fish type, the soup must be good.

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    Sapphire Leong on 4 Jul 2009 #

    Ohhhh…Me also want to try….It’s yummy!

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    tylene on 3 Feb 2010 #

    that is cool

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    Calvin on 10 Sep 2011 #

    yea GOING FOR THE FISH SOUP now!!!!

  10. 10
    Calvin on 15 Sep 2011 #

    was exceptional!!!!!!

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