Hamburger Aalsuppe - Hamburg Eel Soup

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

An unusual fish soup brought from the old country. From the Pennsylvania Dutch chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Posted as a historical novelty.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Have eels cleaned, skinned and cut into 2 inch pieces.
  2. Combine 2 cups water, wine, vinegar, 2 sprigs parsley, onion, one carrot, bay leaf, peppercorns and salt; bring to a boil and cook for five minutes.
  3. Add eel and cook slowly until fish is tender.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large kettle; add the 1 1/2 tablelspoons flour and cook until blended.
  5. Add beef stock, pot herbs, mint and celery; cook slowly for one hour.
  6. Cook cauliflower and peas in boiling salted water until crisp-tender.
  7. Make a syrup of 1/2 cup water and sugar; cook pears until tender.
  8. About 1/2 hour before serving make dumplings: heat milk and butter, beat eggs and yolk and add flour combined wit hot milk.
  9. Drop from spoon and cook in boiling salted water about 20 minutes.
  10. To serve, first remove eel from liquid in which it was cooked.
  11. Strain liquid and add half of it to meat broth.
  12. Drain the cooked vegetables and add to meat broth.
  13. Place eel, pears and dumplings in a large tureen and pour soup over all.