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Best Fish Soup Recipe

Best Fish Soup Recipe

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

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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 we 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?

We used fish caught in local rivers and lakes in the original recipes, but today I had to buy two pieces of farm carp of about 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) each.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Two Carp Fishes

If you love fish soup, you can use a trick. 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 will also use three medium-sized onions, one red kapia pepper and two ripe tomatoes.

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

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

Preparing the Fish

For this, we will prepare the fish first. Clean and wash the carps well, then cut off 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 add them to 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

Making the Fish Stock

Take a large soup pot in and place the fish pieces first on the bottom of the pot.

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

Put the coarsely sliced onions over the fish pieces in the pot.

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

In the end, add the cut tomatoes and the sweet paprika.

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

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 add 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 wooden spoon to mix in the sieve so that you can press the solid part through the sieve.

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

This fish stock will be the base for my best fish soup recipe.

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Fisherman's Soup Base

Finishing the Fisherman’s Soup

For this, I added three tablespoons of Hungarian sweet paprika to the fish stock, which will give both colour and a unique taste to the soup.

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

Pour these fish stock back into the pot and boil it. Because it is a fish concentrate, it must add about two litres of water to dilute it.

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

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 starts to boil, add the fish pieces, and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Now we are careful not to mix the soup so that the fish pieces 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 more fresh or jarred chilli peppers 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

If you liked this recipe, I also recommend other Hungarian soup recipes such as:

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

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

Best Fish Soup Recipe-Hungarian Fisherman’s Soup

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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!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 6 portions
Calories 644 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 kg carp fish fresh or frozen
  • 1 piece red pepper sweet
  • 3 pieces onions large
  • 2 pieces tomatoes riped
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes dried
  • 1.5 tbsp sea salt kosher
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 0.5 tsp ground pepper freshly ground

Instructions
 

  • Clean and wash the carps well, then cut off the head, the tail and the fins for each one. Slice the onion coarser, and cut the tomatoes and kapia peppers into larger pieces.
  • Take a large soup pot in which place the fish pieces first on the bottom of the pot. Put sliced onions on the fish and add the tomatoes and chopped paprika. Fill the pot with cold water, about 5 litres, season with sea salt and 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 wooden spoon to mix in the sieve, so that you can press as much of the solid part through the sieve.
  • Add the Hungarian sweet paprika to the soup base and pour the soup base back into the pot and boiled it. Because it is a fish concentrate, add about two litres of water. Season with one teaspoon of chilli flakes and taste, if you want, add more salt and pepper.
  • When the soup start to boil, add the fish pieces, and simmer for another 10-15 minutes. Served hot, with the addition of chilli and fresh bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 644kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 89gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 330mgSodium: 1993mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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Genesis Ron

Monday 18th of May 2020

Good to know that works too! It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Wow great post.

Genesis Ron

Monday 18th of May 2020

Good to know that works too! It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Wow great post.

Genesis Ron

Monday 18th of May 2020

Good to know that works too! It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Wow great post.

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