Fish Soup with Scallops, Tomato, and Bay

December 8, 2013

Fish Soup

I’m lucky to live on the Atlantic shore where I can get morning-caught fish on my plate for lunch or dinner. Today, it made its way into this flavourful and aromatic soup, which is best enjoyed fresh off the stove but also very tasty the next day. Serve with croutons, if you like. Enjoy!

Serves 4 – 6


• 1 lb white fish – like halibut or cod, cut into 1 inch pieces
• 0.5 lb scallops
• 4 tablespoons butter
• 2 medium onions, cut in half and thinly sliced
• 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
• 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
• 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
• 5 bay leaves
• 5 cloves garlic, chopped
• 2 cups white wine
• 2 cups fish stock or water
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
• pinch cayenne pepper
• sea salt

Melt the butter in a pot on medium-high heat and add the onions, celery, fennel seeds and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
Add half of the wine and let reduce completely.
Add the tomatoes, garlic, cayenne, rest of the wine and stock.
Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the fish and scallops and remove from heat. Let sit for a few minutes, until the fish is just done.
Add the parsley and season with salt.
Serve right away.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin Sprouls December 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Wow! looks delish! I’ll have to get someone to cook that thing for me…


Bryan December 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I think I know the one!


Irina @ wandercrush December 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

What a beautiful blog you have! This photo is wonderful and oh man does it make me crave fresh seafood…nothing quite as comforting yet light as fish soup.


Jennifer Andrews December 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This sounds like the perfect belly-filling winter dish. I can only imagine how fresh the seafood tastes…very jealous!


Laura Anna December 13, 2013 at 11:14 pm

This looks good and also comforting. I decided to get some fish this evening, so I can try this tomorrow. I can hardly wait!


Karista December 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I love everything about this soup Bryan! Fresh ingredients with tons of flavor. And what an awesome photo! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve failed at photographing fish soup! Absolutely beautiful and makes me want to reach right in and grab a bite. Happy Holidays!


Bryan December 16, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Karista! Fish soup is one of my favorite.
Happy Holidays 🙂


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