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Fish soup

Fish soup
New England clam chowder made with potatoes and cream
Type Soup
Serving temperature Warm
Main ingredients Fish or seafood, vegetables, liquid (stock, juice, water)
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Fish soup is a warm food made by combining fish or seafood with vegetables and stock, juice, water, or another liquid. Hot soups are additionally characterized by boiling solid ingredients in liquids in a pot until the flavors are extracted, forming a broth.

Traditionally, soups are classified into two main groups: clear soups and thick soups. The established French classifications of clear soups are bouillon and consommé. Thick soups are classified depending upon the type of thickening agent used: bisques are made from puréed shellfish or vegetables thickened with cream; cream soups may be thickened with béchamel sauce; and veloutés are thickened with eggs, butter, and cream. Other ingredients commonly used to thicken soups and broths include rice, lentils, flour, and grains; many popular soups also include carrots and potatoes.

Fish soups are similar to fish stews, and in some cases there may not be a clear distinction between the two; however, fish soups generally have more liquid than stews.[1]

Fish soups have been made since early times. Some soups are served with large chunks of fish or vegetables left in the liquid, while a broth is a flavored liquid usually derived from simmering a food or vegetable for a period of time in a stock.Bisques are heavy cream soups traditionally prepared with shellfish, but can be made with any type of seafood or puree of vegetables or fruits. Cream soups are flavored broths thickened with a white sauce. Although they may be consumed on their own, or with a meal, the canned, condensed form of cream soup is sometimes used as a quick sauce in a variety of meat and pasta convenience food dishes, such as casseroles. Similar to a bisque, chowders are thick soups usually containing seafood and potatoes, milk and cream.

List of fish soups

Name Image Type Description
Aljotta fish A Maltese fish soup with plenty of garlic, herbs, and tomatoes, likely to have been an adaptation of the bouillabaisse.
Bergen fish soup fish A heavy, creamed soup made with white fish (haddock, halibut, cod) and various vegetables. Norwegian origin.
Bouillabaisse 120px fish French fish soup
Cantonese seafood soup 120px fish Generally a thick seafood soup with a very smooth texture, usually whitish in color and a little transparent.
Carp soup fish A soup made with carp's head and offal, onion and vegetable.Part of traditional Czech Christmas Eve dinner.
Cioppino 120px fish (Italian-American) fish stew with tomatoes and a variety of fish and shellfish
Cullen Skink 120px fish A traditional fish soup from Scotland. Made with smoked haddock, potatoes, onions and cream.
Dashi chilled Japanese fish stock soup, with seasonal vegetables.
Fanesca 120px fish A traditional cod soup from Ecuador
Fisherman's Soup 120px fish Hungarian Halászlé Ηot and spicy river fish soup with a lot of hot paprika
Fufu and Egusi soup 120px chunky A traditional soup from Nigeria made with vegetables, meat, fish, and balls of ground melon seed
Herring soup fish A thick soup made with barley meal and smoked herring[2]
Lan Sikik fish A Thai soup made with noodle, dried fish and tomato extract.
Lohikeitto 120px fish A Finnish soup made with salmon, potatoes (other root vegetables can be added such as rutabaga, carrots, onions), cream and dill
Mohinga 120px fish A traditional Burmese fish soup made of chickpea flour and/or crushed toasted rice, garlic, onions, lemongrass, banana tree stem, ginger, fish paste, fish sauce and catfish in a rich broth. Served with rice vermicelli.
Psarosoupa fish Greek fish soup, uses a traditional oil-and-lemon sauce, vegetables, rice and sea fish
Sliced fish soup fish A dish from Singapore with fish, prawns and vegetables
Sour soup fish A Vietnamese dish made with rice, fish, various vegetables, and in some cases pineapple.
Ukha or уха 120px fish Russian fish soup, made of cod or salmon, vegetables, lime, dill, parsley and black pepper
Waterzooi 120px fish A Belgian fish soup
Saimin 120px noodle Hawaiian fresh, soft, undried egg noodles in bonito fish or shrimp broth with Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Korean and Portuguese influences
stock 120px fish The basis for many fish soups and sauces. In the West, it is usually made with fish bones and fish heads and finely chopped mirepoix, and cooked for 30–45 minutes. In Japan, fish stock is made from fish that have been fried and boiled for several hours, creating a white milky broth. Concentrated fish stock is called "fish fumet." Dehydrated stock can be formed into small cubes (pictured) called stock cubes.
Lobster bisque bisque
Crab bisque bisque
Cream of Crab bisque
Lobster stew bisque Cream-based soup with chunks of lobster
Shrimp bisque 120px bisque
New England clam chowder 120px chowder Made with potatoes and cream
Manhattan clam chowder 120px chowder Made with a tomato base
Maryland crab soup chowder A soup made of vegetables, blue crab, and Old Bay Seasoning in a tomato base, associated with Maryland
She-crab soup 120px chowder From Charleston, South Carolina, a creamy soup made with blue crab meat and crab roe.
Ukha 120px fish A clear Russian fish soup with broth.

See also


  1. Goltz, Eileen (2008-11-09). "Soup vs. stew: Difference in details". The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana). Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  2. 1881 Household Cyclopedia


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