Algerian Fish Soup
- Ready In:
- 1 kg fish fillet (your choice)
- 2 large potatoes
- 2 green bell peppers
- 1 large carrot
- 1 fennel bulb
- 2 onions
- 1 celery rib
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 liters water or 2 liters vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon ras el hanout spice mix (recipes here on zaar)
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 piece lemon rind
- 1 tablespoon harissa (or any hot sauce of your choice)
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Dice the onions and let them get golden in the olive oil. Use a large soup pot!
- Cut the bell peppers, potatoes, carrot, fennel and celery in cubes. The soup will get pureed, no need to cut very small pieces.
- Put the vegetables in the pot and let it get some colour.
- Add the tomato paste, fry a few seconds and then add the water, about two litres should be enough.
- Add the bay leaves, lemon rind and the spices.
- Let it simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
- Cut the fish fillets in cubes and add them to the soup.
- Let it simmer for another 15 minutes, until the fish is done.
- Carefully puree the soup, adding some water or broth if necessary.
- Check on the seasoning and serve with slices of lemon and fresh baguette bread.
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Sometimes 5 stars is not enough! One of my most favorite North African meals is charaymah, which is a spicy fish dish, and this was just like charaymah soup! Thick and rich and just the right amount of punch from the cumin and the ras el hanout! I especially loved the fact that it's all pureed so my kids couldn't even complain about the icky fish pieces floating in the soup, the flavor was divine and the texture was perfect! We had these with laffas (Iraqi pitas) and it's a meal in itself! Leftovers for lunch today, I can't wait!