Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

When we lived in Norway we used to eat lots of fish...this recipe reminds me of a fish soup which was very common there. You can use other fish and shellfish. The potatoes and tomatoes are ingredients I have been adding over the years and listed them as optional.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 tablespoons butter
  • 2 12 tablespoons plain flour
  • 4 -5 cups fish stock or 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped in strips
  • 1 -2 cup leek, finely chopped in strips
  • 1 -2 potato, peeled and cut into small cubes (optional)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes (optional)
  • 12 peeled raw shrimp (approx)
  • 12 mussels (approx) or 12 small scallops (approx)
  • 4 -6 ounces catfish (or fish of your own choice)
  • 12 cup heavy cream
  • 14 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons lumpfish caviar (optional)


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter, add the flour, stir for about 2 minutes without browning the flour.
  2. Add the fish stock at intervals, stirring all the time, let it boil gently for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Melt the rest of the butter and saute the carrots and leek and potatoes, if using, for approx 10 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes (if using) and simmer for another 5 minutes, then add the shrimps, mussels, fish and the cream.
  5. Simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the fish and shellfish are tender.
  6. Add the parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve garnished with sour cream and the lumpfish caviar.
Most Helpful

Delicious! Just moved to the Stavanger area and wanted to recreate the recipe we had at one of the local restaurants. This is the closest I could find to the original we had before; I doubled this recipe for my family and still didn't have enough for leftovers! I added parsnips and celery, as well as adding two different types of fish (cod & salmon), I didn't include the tomato. We will be making this again soon.

984416 January 03, 2013

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Lura #2 June 02, 2005