Icelandic fish soup – Fiskasúpa

Icelandic fish soup – Fiskasúpa

Fiskasúpa - Icelandic fish soup

Recently I was in Reykjavik, and in a newly opened “Icelandic Street Food” restaurant I had a real good shellfish soup. So I looked for a recipe for a Fiskasúpa to do this at home.


  • 50 gram butter
  • 2 smal onions, sliced finely
  • 1 leek, slice finely
  • 2 stalks of sellery, sliced finely
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced finely
  • 1,5 liter vegetable stock
  • 200 ml cream (optionally)
  • 100 ml sherry
  • 160 ml white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • saffron powder (half a teaspoon)
  • 500 gram nordic fish (salmon, halibut)
  • 400 gram shrimps
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • slice the vegetables fine.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot.
  • Add the onions, leek and seller, and cook for 8 minutes.
  • Add the sherry and the white wine, and let it reduce for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable stock, the vinegar, the tomato concentrate and the saffron and let it cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile cut the fish into large pieces.
  • Add the fish, the shrimps and the tomatoes and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the cream and stir, do not let it boil again.
  • Serve with bread for lunch.



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