Algerian Fish Soup

"We had this kind of soup in a restaurant at the harbor of Algier, Algeria. Back at home I tried to copy the recipe and came up with this version. Feel free to add more cayenne pepper to increase the heat."
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  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. Umm Ishaq
    Such a great taste. I followed the recipe exactly (apart from halving the quantities). The flavour is obviously fishy but with a delicious spicy twist. I didn't puree it completely but left it with a slightly chunky texture. served with crusty bread it was wonderful. Thanks for posting.
  2. bmaoudj
    thank you for the wonderful job you rae doing here i'm algerien born and raised a el mouradia you bring so much memories with the smelle of all the seafood from back home thank you again
  3. Mirj2338
    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!



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