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Old 06-13-2005, 10:47 AM   #1
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ISO fish soup/stew

I am looking for a good fish soup recipe that has a kick and isn't too expensive to make. I have tried a spicy fish soup from a Thai restraunt and loved it. It had mostly shrimp in the soup. I have dried lemongrass, which I thought might work in a soup like this. Does anyone have any good recipes?

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Old 06-13-2005, 12:48 PM   #2
 
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I love lemongrass soup made with shrimp.

This isn't Thai, but it is good ...


REDFISH SAUCE PIQUANTE

1 pound redfish fillets (you can also use catfish or a similar fish)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, finely minced
2 cups chicken stock
1 can Rotel tomatoes
2 cups cooked brown rice

WASH fish in cold water, cut into bite size pieces.

IN a large, heavy saucepan, sauté onion, bell pepper, and celery in olive oil for 10 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and continue cooking for 30 seconds.

ADD chicken stock and Rotel tomatoes; bring to a boil. Add fish and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking for 15 minutes. Serve over rice.

Serves: 4
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Old 06-13-2005, 12:54 PM   #3
 
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This is probably more along the lines of what you're looking for:

SPICY SHRIMP SOUP WITH LEMONGRASS
Lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves are there for flavor, but not to be eaten.

1/4 pound shrimp
4 cups water
1 stalk fresh lemon grass, sliced
1 can (8 oz.) straw mushrooms, drained
2 kaffir lime leaves (can substitute grated lime rind)
1 to 3 tablespoons fish sauce (depending on personal taste)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 to 4 red chili peppers, seeded and chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon red chili paste)
Garnish: Cilantro sprigs


Devein shrimp; leave shells on for color, if desired. Bring water to a boil. Add lemon grass and straw mushrooms; immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes; stir in fish sauce and lime juice. Sprinkle with green onions, cilantro, and red chili peppers, if desired. Serve hot. Garnish with cilantro sprigs. Makes 4 servings.

Note: Fresh mushrooms can be substituted for the canned mushrooms, but add at end of cooking time.
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Old 06-13-2005, 12:57 PM   #4
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Thanks HanArt that looks like a great recipe. Easy to make and reasonably priced. Thanks. I am going to make that as soon as I can get my hands on rotel. They don't sell it here in New York, but I can pick some up when I go back to Oklahoma next month.
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This is a great stew - if you buy the red/yellow/orange peppers at someplace like Sam's along with the tilapia it greatly reduces the cost.

Spicy Red Fish Stew
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:37 PM   #6
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OK, I am definitly going to try the Spicy Red Fish Stew and the redfish sauce piquante. I have my mom picking up some rotel for me in Oklahoma to send up. I would really like the lemongrass recipe, but unfortunately I am not able to get some of those ingredients unless I go to specialty stores. I am definitly keeping it though to try at some point.
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Old 06-14-2005, 06:13 AM   #7
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I lived in a very small town in New York and we always could get Rotel products at our local supermarket. Do you live in New York City? Hard to believe they don't have any there.
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:21 AM   #8
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I do live in the city. I have tried 5 different grocery stores and even fresh direct and didn't find any. I have been looking for a long time because I love to mix rotel with velveeta for cheese dip. My mother is sending me a package this month so she said she would throw in a couple cans for me. Hopefully it will make it up here some day.
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Old 06-14-2005, 09:02 PM   #9
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The spicy Thai soup is called Tom Yum or Tom Yun (depending on the restaurant) soup.

But, nothing beats a good bouillabase. They're easy to make and you're not restricted to any specific types of seafood. Just buy whatever is the most fresh.
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Old 06-14-2005, 09:45 PM   #10
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abj, look in asian markets for tom yum soup base. it's a concentrated paste of all of the spices in tom yum, sold in small jars. just add boiling water, some shrimp, scallions, and button mushrooms and there ya go. it's cheating, but it's really fast and very cheap to make. and with it's spiciness, you really can't tell the difference from the homemade stuff.
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