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Fisherman’s Soup

A traditional soup made with Mackeral and Hake fillets, although any available fish can be added. Try it with some fresh prawns added at the end, salmon and whiting also make a good base fish for the soup. Serve it hot! This recipe serves 4.


  • 250g/9oz Mackerel Fillets
  • 250g/9oz Whiting fillets
  • 300g/11oz Hake fillets
  • 3 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 3 Large Onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Large Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Freshly chopped herbes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1L/2pts Fish stock
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 4 Slices of French Bread
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice 


  1. Wipe the fish fillets and remove the skin. Cut flesh into neat pieces and toss in the flour.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and garlic and fry over a moderate heat till golden.
  3. Add the fines herbs and paprika and mix well then add the fish and any excess flour and fry for 5 minutes, stirring. Gradually add the stock and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Season, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  4. Toast the bread on both sides and put into 4 individual warmed deep soup bowls.
  5. Stir the lemon juice into the soup and adjust the seasoning to taste.
  6. To serve – pour the soup over the toast and serve it piping hot, immediately.

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