Rich’s Sopa De Mariscos (Mexican Seafood Soup)

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

Adapted from "Healthy Mexican Cooking" by Velda de La Garza. This recipe can be made with any combination of seafood (shrimp and fish is typical of South Texas, although we’ve also seen shrimp and octopus, or just fish). It could also be adapted to become a “Caldo de Pollo” by substituting chicken!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. With a mortar and pestle (or molcajete if you have one!), crush cumin seed. Add chopped garlic and chopped jalapeño and crush into a paste. Add a little water to free the spices.
  2. Add olive oil to a heavy-bottom cooking pot or Dutch oven. Saute onions. Add tomatoes and peppers and continuing sauteing until tender.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients except seafood and cilantro. Bring to full boil, cover, and simmer gently for 40 minutes.
  4. Add fish and cilantro, and gently simmer an additional 15-20 minutes. Serve hot with chips and salsa.
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I was craving a Seafood Soup with a light tomato base and stumbled on this recipe and thought I would give it a whirl. I used 5 humongo Shrimp and 3 petite Lobsters I picked up at the Farmer's Market. The woman at the market said to drop the shell fish it the broth for a few seconds and remove them and shell them then simmer the shells in the broth for 20 minutes. I then strained the broth, added the saute'd vegetables and added the Shell Fish, Cilantro and half an Avocado at the end. I had a big bowl with crackers and had to fight not to eat the rest. Can't wait for tomorrow where it will be even better. Thanks L'ecole definitely a keeper!

I'll Give It A Whirl! May 19, 2013