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Arcimboldo Inspired Fish Soup

Arcimboldo Inspired Fish Soup

A warm fish soup recipe with shrimps, quick and easy to prepare, that will bring the taste of sea to your table

30 March, 2012
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serves for


total time

1 HR 30 MIN


3 cloves
2 each, peeled and ripe
6 slices, unsalted, toasted
2,5 g
Chili Pepper
To taste, in flakes
Extra virgin olive oil
To taste
1 kg (ie, rockfish, monkfish, grouper, sea bream, or whatever you can find locally and fresh)
600 g mixed with clams and mussels
To taste


For this recipe all the different kinds of fish don't need to be cooked for a long time and shouldn’t be so soft they fall apart; instead, after being cleaned, all seafood is simply covered, while still raw, with the boiling fish broth.

Step 01

  • Clean and carefully scrape the mussels and rinse the clams under cold running water.
  • Take a large pot, add oil, garlic and a bit of chili pepper and heat well.
  • Add the mollusks and enough water to completely cover them, then cover the pot with a lid.
  • Remove lid after 2 minutes and stir, turn off the heat and cover for another 3 minutes.
  • Open the clams and mussels, throw away the shells and put the “meat” in a large bowl, which you will eventually pour into the filtered broth.
  • Clean the shrimp, set them aside aside, and throw all the shells into the same pot you used to cook the mollusks.
  • Add the paprika, the peeled tomatoes, a little bit of chili pepper and a clove of garlic, along with the original fish broth.
  • Turn on the heat and after 40 minutes the fish broth should thicken.
  • Check the salt to taste and add a pinch if needed.
  • Place all the fish and shrimp, but not the mollusks, in a large, glass oven dish and pour the broth over using a strainer.
  • Cover for 3 minutes and then add the clams and mussels and cover for another 3 minutes.

Serve the soup accompanied with oven-toasted bread slices rubbed with olive oil and a garlic clove. If you want to cut the time in half, have the fish already cleaned, but ask for the scraps to use for the fish broth.

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