In my opinion, the best fish soup recipe is the Hungarian fisherman’s soup, cooked from river fish and with a lot of paprika powder. Hot and spicy is the best!

Fisherman’s soup is a typical Hungarian recipe, like the famous goulash. It’s cooked from fish parts such as head, tail and fins: carp, crucian carp, bream or catfish, which is used to make a soup base. Connoisseurs say, the more types of fish we use, the tastier the soup will be.

Let me show you how to make the basis of this delicious soup.

What Ingredients Do I Use From This Soup?

In the original recipes, fish caught in local rivers and lakes are used, but I had to buy two pieces of farm carp of about 1.5 kg each.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Two Carp Fishes

If you love fish soup, you can use a trick. That is, every time you cook fried fish, when you clean the fish you can freeze the head and tail of the fish, and use them when you want to make fisherman’s soup.

I also used three medium-sized onions, a red kapia pepper and two tomatoes.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Onions, Tomato and Sweet Kapia Pepper

Let’s Do the Base of the Best Fish Soup Recipe

For this, we prepare the fish first. We clean and wash the carps well, then we cut the head, the tail and the fins for each one. From these we will make the base for the soup.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Carp Heads, Tails and Fins

From the remaining fish bodies, we will cut them into fillets or steak, and we will put them in the soup, at the end.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Carp Fish Bodies

We wash and clean the vegetables.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Cleaned and Peeled Onions,Tomatoes and Sweet Kapia Pepper

Slice the onion coarser, and cut the tomatoes and kapia peppers into larger pieces.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Sliced Onions
Best Fish Soup Recipe-Cut Tomatoes and Sweet Kapia Pepper

We take a pot of soup in which we place the fish pieces first.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Carp Fish Head and Tail in a Soup Pot

Put sliced onions on top.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Sliced Onions Over the Carp Fish Head and Tail in a Soup Pot

At the end add the tomatoes and chopped paprika.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Carp Fish Head, Tail and Vegetables in a Soup Pot

We fill the pot with cold water, about 5 litres, and put it to boil, over medium heat, for about two hours. Season with one tablespoon of sea salt and one teaspoon of peppercorns.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Pour Water Over the Carp Fish Head, Tail and Vegetables in a Soup Pot

It must boil well until the gelatin comes out of the bones and the meat comes apart.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Boiled Fish Soup Base

After it has boiled, let it cool a bit, then, while it is still hot, pass this soup through a sieve. Try with a spoon or a wooden spoon to mix in the sieve, so that you can press as much of the solid part through the sieve.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Boiled Fish Soup Base on the Sieve

This is how I got the base for the best fish soup recipe.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Fisherman's Soup Base

Finishing the Fisherman’s Soup

For this I added three tablespoons of paprika to the soup base.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Sweet Paprika Powder in Fisherman's Soup Base

I poured the soup base back into the pot and boiled it. Because it is a fish concentrate, we add about two litres of water.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Fisherman's Soup Base in a Soup Pot

Season with of one teaspoon of chilli flakes and taste, if you want, add more salt and pepper.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Seasoning the Fisherman's Soup With Dried Chilli

We cut the remaining carp bodies into fillets or steaks, as you like, and the fillets into not very small pieces.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Carp Fish Steak and Fillet

When the soup has boiled, add the fish pieces, and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Now we are careful not to mix the soup, so that the pieces of fish remain whole.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Carp Fish Meat in the Fisherman's Soup

Serving the Soup

The fisherman’s soup is served hot, with the addition of chilli and fresh bread.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Fisherman's Soup Served in Bowl

Because it is hot and spicy, you will need more bread, but it is delicious.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Fisherman's Soup Served Hot in a Bowl

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Best Fish Soup Recipe-Fisherman's Soup Served in Bowl

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Hungarian Fisherman’s Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: best fish soup, best fish soup recipe, fish soup, fish soup recipe, fisherman’s soup
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 6 portions
Author: Timea
In my opinion, the best fish soup recipe is the Hungarian fisherman’s soup, cooked from river fish and with a lot of paprika powder. Hot and spicy is the best!
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Ingredients

  • 3 kg carp fish
  • 1 piece sweet kapia pepper
  • 3 pieces onions
  • 2 pieces tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1.5 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  • We clean and wash the carps well, then we cut the head, the tail and the fins for each one. Slice the onion coarser, and cut the tomatoes and kapia peppers into larger pieces.
  • We take a pot of soup in which we place the fish pieces first. Put sliced onions on top at the end add the tomatoes and chopped paprika. Fill the pot with cold water, about 5 litres, season with sea salt and one peppercorns and put it to boil, over medium heat, for about two hours.
  • After it has boiled, let it cool a bit, then, while it is still hot, pass this soup through a sieve. Try with a spoon or a wooden spoon to mix in the sieve, so that you can press as much of the solid part through the sieve.
  • Add three tablespoons of paprika to the soup base and poured the soup base back into the pot and boiled it. Because it is a fish concentrate, we add about two litres of water. Season with of one teaspoon of chilli flakes and taste, if you want, add more salt and pepper.
  • When the soup has boiled, add the fish pieces, and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Served hot, with the addition of chilli and fresh bread.

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