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Fanny’s fish soup

13 comments Dec 12th, 2010 | By | Category: Recipes, Soups

Fanny’s fish soup is easy and fast to make. You have the benefits of intense and tasty fish soup without using a fish stock. The aroma comes form the canned sardines that are used in the soup.

Some fried onions and the sardines are the base of the soup. You can use all sorts of fish in the soup. I find it very tasty with salmon. For the soup on the picture all sorts of fish were used. we took whatever the fisherman had.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

cooking time: 10 minutes

difficulty: easy


  • 18 oz fish
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 can of sardines in oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • salt and pepper


Peel and dice the onion. Fry the onion with the content of the sardine can in a pot.

Peel and dice the carrots. Cut the celery into slices. Dice the garlic. Add it all to the frying onion.

Now add approximately 34 fl oz of water and bring it to boil. Now add the tomatoes, cut in half. Let the soup simmer for 8 minutes. Cut the fish in pieces and add it to the soup. Add chopped parsley and dill and let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. Tobias — I love this recipe! I am currently low on funds, so it is perfect. I have new sardines I brought from the Azorea (Acores). This soup will be my meal.

    TWO typos:
    Ingredients: a HANDful of cherry tomatoes.
    Preparation (last paragraph): Now add approximately 34 fl oz of water AND bring it to boil.

    Your recipes are certainly the most healthful and delicious!

  2. Thank you Jim! I did the corrections! Glad you like the recipes.

  3. I should add that your octopus recipes inspired me while on Sao Miguel. I adapted them, here and there, depending on what ingredients were available. Octopus is plentiful and inexpensive where I stayed. A few discerning diners were kind enough to say they were pleased. Continue with the good work!

  4. So light and delicious!



  5. Just perfect for cold days like today.

  6. Simple, fast and beautiful! What a lovely soup, Tobias.

  7. i love how there are sardines in this soup! It looks fantastic. Definitely soup season.

  8. So many soups circulating around the web these days … it is definitely winter!! This fish soup sounds quite good. Slightly different from what we’re used to and it is a welcome change.

  9. I made it last night.
    This soup was extra good. Very easy and inexpensive.
    Even better on Day Two. Terrific for a heart patient — as are most of the recipes that Tobias suggests.
    It was so delicious that I forgot that it cost so little and was healthful.

  10. Thank you for your kind words!

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  12. Please consider using more exact measurements for your recipes.

    What I mean is 1/2 red onion could mean a variety of things. Same with 2 carrots.

    I know, food is an art and not a science.

    I love this kind of recipe though. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. @bobiter
    I will gladly try to do so. Often it is hard to estimate the weight of used vegetables. As well I can’t put them on a scale one used…

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