Italian Fish Soup with Sea Bass and Lime
If you fancy something light and healthy, you cannot go wrong with this Italian sea bass soup recipe. Being both easy to make and flavorful, this is a dish which will appeal to the whole family. You do not have to use sea bass for this. Maybe you have sole or another kind of fish filet that you want to use up and that would be just as good. Use frozen or fresh fish. The same applies to the shrimp; frozen or fresh is fine.
The fish and seafood gives this soup a nice texture and the celery, garlic, tomatoes, onion and carrots add nutrients. The wine, thyme, bay leaf, fish stock, and lime add a nice flavor and, if you like spicy soups, you can add a few drops of Tabasco sauce, or another kind of hot sauce, to this easy fish soup recipe. This is optional though and it will have plenty of flavor, even without the hot sauce.
This soup is served over a crouton and you can make this with Italian bread or anything you happen to have. Leave out the crouton if you want, although it does make the soup more filling.
- 8 oz sea bass filets
- 6 oz peeled, de-veined shrimp
- 1 cup fish stock
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ cup dry white wine
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest or 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 peeled, chopped tomatoes
- ⅓ cup chopped onion
- 2 slices toasted Italian bread
- ½ cup tomato sauce
- 2 thinly sliced carrots
- ½ teaspoon crushed, dried thyme
- 1 dash Tabasco sauce (optional)
- Thaw the fish and shrimp if you are using frozen, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
- Halve the shrimp lengthwise and cut the fish into 1 inch pieces.
- Add the water, carrots, celery, tomatoes, wine, fish stock, garlic, bay leaf, lime zest, thyme, onion, and Tabasco sauce to a pot and bring it to a boil.
- Turn the heat down, cover the pan and simmer for about 18 minutes or until the vegetables are almost tender.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, fish, and shrimp.
- Bring the soup to a boil again, and then turn the heat down.
- Cover and simmer for 3 minutes or until the fish and shrimp are done.
- Discard the bay leaf. Put a slice of toast in each bowl and ladle the soup over the top.
This delicious sea bass soup is really easy to make and it is largely a question of adding things to a pan and letting them cook to perfection. This soup is so simple; it is ideal if you are new to cooking easy fish recipes because there really is not anything that can go wrong. The flavors combine perfectly and you can serve this soup with crusty bread for dunking if you do not want to use the toast croutons. Use any kind of fish you have for this – sea bass, sole, red snapper, tilapia, or cod would all work well.
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