Grandma`s Fish Soup

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Grandma`s Fish Soup
Image: Svetlana Lazarova
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Preparation30 min.
Cooking30 min.
Тotal60 min.
"A good fish soup is made with at least 2 types of fish and lots of carefully selected spices!"


  • fish - about 2 lb (1 kg), heads, tails and cut meat from at least 2 kinds of fish
  • onions - 1 bowl, finely chopped
  • carrots - 1 bowl, finely chopped
  • peppers - added to the carrot bowl
  • tomatoes - 1 bowl, grated or canned
  • potatoes - 1 bowl, finely diced
  • all purpose spice - 1 tbsp, vegetable
  • oil
  • lovage - 1 large bunch, fresh
  • parsley - 1 large bunch, fresh
  • black pepper - freshly ground
  • thyme - 2 - 3 bunches, dried
  • tarragon - several leaves
  • broth - about 12 1/2 cups (3 L) water + fish broth
  • chili peppers - ground, dry
  • lemon juice - and/or vinegar
  • salt

How to cook

My grandma taught me how to cook fish soup. Most of the time, she would make it from the heads, tails and stomachs of carp and Carassius. If she ever found caviar in any of the fish, she would put it in the fish soup to cook as well.

Salt the fish a little and sprinkle it with lemon juice, then boil it in salted water. The lemon juice keeps the meat tight. Boil it about 5 min.

Debone the fish and set aside part of the broth. In boiling water, mixed with part of the fish broth (pure fish broth is a bit too strong for my taste, so I dilute it with water), put the vegetable spice, onions, carrots, peppers, potatoes and oil. Once they boil a bit, add the tomatoes as well.

Cook until the vegetables are fully ready. Toward the end, add the pieces of fish.

Turn the stove off and add the finely chopped parsley, lovage, tarragon, thyme and black pepper. Season with 1-2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice and sprinkle with a dried chili pepper.

Enjoy! It's the tastiest soup grandma used to make!

Note: My bowl is about 1 2/3 cups (400 ml).


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