Fish Soup (kakavia)

Fish Soup (kakavia)


  • 1 1/2 kg fish trimmings
  • 3 l water
  • salt
  • whole peppercorns
  • 2 lg onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 leeks (optional) - white part only
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery (with leaves)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped, peeled tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 750 grams potatoes, peeled & sliced
  • chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 kg mixed whole fish
  • 500 grams green lobster tails
  • 500 grams large green prawns
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice


Yield: 8 servings. Obtain from the fishmonger fish trimmings such as heads and backbones. Rinse well and place in a large pot. Add water, salt and 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns and simmer for 2 hours. Strain stock and reserve. Gently fry onion, garlic, chopped leeks, carrots and celery in oil for 10 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes, herbs tied into a bunch and reserved fish stock. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add potatoes and boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat, add fish pieces and simmer 3 minutes, then add lobster pieces and prawns and simmer for 7-10 minutes until prawns turn pink and lobster meat is cooked. Do not boil when shellfish are added for they will toughen. Pile fish, shellfish and potatoes in a serving dish, sprinkle with chopped parsley and keep hot. Serve soup in a tureen as a first course with crusty bread, then follow with seafoods and potatoes served with lemon wedges and a cruet of olive oil. Alternatively soup, potatoes and seafoods may be served together in deep plates. NOTE: Fish and shellfish preparation: Fish suitable are snapper, mullet, eel, whiting, john dory and bream. Cut into 5 cm (2 inch) slices and sprinkle with lemon juice. Add heads and trimmings to fish stock. Cut rinsed lobster tails into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces with shell on. Shell and de-vein prawns.

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