Velvety Norwegian Fish Soup - Fiskesuppe

The delicious velvety Norwegian fiskesuppe! 

One of the richest, healthy, and delicious fish soups ever!

While traveling to Norway, especially if it happens to walk around on a cloudy icy day, join outdoor activities on a wet day or a rainy autumn weekend, after a sky session surrounded by beautiful mountains covered with fluffy snow or in a perfect summer afternoon after a short cruise, nothing will warm you up better and make you feel full of energy than a hot, velvety and savory Norwegian fish soup (fiskesuppe) served hot in a big bowl, topped with a glass of wine. 

Norwegians have many ways to prepare healthy and high-quality seafood, and one of the best is the warming creamy fiskesuppe – which can be thicker or lighter.

Norwegian Fiskesuppe fish soup
Norwegian Fiskesuppe - Flickr Redningsselskapet

The delicious fish soup is a very common meal for the day everywhere in Norway, no matter the season (yet perfect in a humid chill day or a long Norwegian Christmas night), quite easy and quick to prepare, perfect to warm up the soul, and its main ingredients are fresh fish (salmon, cod, halibut, monkfish) or catfish and shellfish, raw shrimps, mussels, scallops – mix depending on your own choice, small cubes of potatoes, chopped tomatoes, diced celery, olive oil, butter, a pinch of flour, thinly sliced carrots, fresh flat-leaf parsley, salt and freshly ground white pepper, dumplings, and eventually with just a touch of sugar and (red wine) vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice, that usually is served garnished with sour cream and the lumpfish caviar on crusty white bread.

Always reliant on an absolutely tasty meal, is the quality of the ingredients - fresh fish, fresh vegetables, good olive oil, butter, and sour cream…

And I don’t know if could be another dish so comforting, appetizing and with a sort of sweet and sour velvet consistency as the steaming Norwegian fish soup… the memory of first velvety-textured creamy soup full of blended flavors, served in a short stop at Geilo, on the way to Voringsfoss, stayed with me since then and love to recall it in damp days and not only. : )

Fiskesuppe
Norwegian fiskesuppe - own photo

Ingredients for Fiskesuppe:

6 tbsp good quality butter
1 large onion
2 medium sliced carrots
1 large parsnip 
1 diced celery
4 medium peeled potatoes (preferably new)
2 cups sour cream
2 lb cod fillet and salmon (or other preferred fish) and seafood cut into small pieces

- chopped dill and parsley to garnish
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- zest from 1 lemon

Fresh crusty bread for serving

Norwegian fish soup
Norwegian fish soup - own photo

Instructions for the sweet-sour fish soup:

Heat the butter in a 20 cm saucepan over medium heat, add the chopped onions and fry lightly for 1-2 minutes till it looks like tiny crystals.
Then and the chopped carrots, parsnips, celery, onions, potatoes and cook to boil for about 15 minutes at medium to high heat, stirring once in a while until vegetables become tender.
Add the salmon and cod or combine other preferred fish and seafood, continue stirring and simmer for about 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
Add the sour cream, stock, chopped garlic, dill, parsley, the lemon juice* and season to taste with salt and pepper and boil for 3 minutes.

*Depending on taste you can replace the lemon zest with natural (red wine) vinegar

When serving the soup, place the slices of cod and salmon on the bottom of the plate, then pour the cream broth with potatoes and carrots.

Serve right away with milk, cream, and more lemon or vinegar; and toast buttered bread sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt and dill.


Let me know if you’ve tried and enjoyed the velvety Norwegian fish soup (Fiskesuppe)!

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