Creamy Smoked Cod Soup

    1 hour 35 min

    This is an ultra-tasty fish soup. Smoked cod is simmered with plain cod, potatoes and parsnips in a creamy soup. Enjoy with freshly baked bread. It's ideal for lunch or dinner.

    20 people made this

    Makes: 6 - 8 servings

    • 450g cod fillets
    • 225g lightly smoked cod, skin and bones removed
    • 1/2 lemon
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme
    • 450g parsnips, chopped
    • 225g potatoes
    • 50g butter
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 250ml milk
    • 250ml whipping cream
    • salt to taste
    • ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:30min soaking  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. If the smoked cod has a strong smoky aroma, soak it in water for 30 minutes, drain and rinse.
    2. In a large saucepan, cover the cod and smoked cod with water and add the juice of half a lemon and the thyme. Bring the cooking liquid to a gentle simmer. Poach the fish for 8 to 10 minutes or until the fish is just cooked and tender. Remove the fish to a bowl and reserve the poaching liquid. When the fish has cooled enough to handle, break it into large bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
    3. While the cod is cooking, peel the parsnips and cut them into 5mm thick slices. Peel the potatoes, cut them into 1.25cm dice and place them in a bowl of water to prevent discolouring.
    4. In a large saucepan, melt 2/3 of butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until wilted and golden. Add the parsnips, potatoes and 750ml of the reserved poaching liquid. Bring the mixture to the boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
    5. Heat the milk and cream in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Stir to the vegetable mixture.
    6. Add cod and smoked cod; stir. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Just before serving, stir in remaining butter. Top each serving with freshly ground pepper and chives.

    Alternatives to cod:

    Try this recipe with inexpensive fresh coley or pouting. They both belong to the cod family but are much cheaper and available in larger supermarkets or fishmongers.

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