Sep 24 2010

The Classics – Icelandic Fish Soup – Project Food Blog Challenge #2

When Foodbuzz asked us to pick a cuisine that was from another culture – and outside of our comfort zone – I had to think really hard.  First I had to think of where I have never traveled to- I have traveled to quite a few countries -  AND then also take out all the cuisines of countries I regularly “travel to” in my kitchen (Chinese, North African, Japanese, etc).  Picking something outside of my comfort zone is also pretty hard since I generally enjoy all foods.  BUT, everyone has something they’re just not so keen on.

Two foods that I am generally less comfortable eating are anything with curry and fish.  Fish is generally eaten everywhere in the world, but there are places in the world that eat more fish than others.  So, I pulled out my map (I’m a geographer and always have  a map handy) and started looking for someplace I’d never been, never had cuisine from that region, and predominantly ate fish.  Soon my finger was circling around Iceland.

I’ve never been to Iceland, but have always wanted to go.  It just seems so beautiful there with it’s majestic mountains and fjords.  And, they eat fish – lots of fish.  Dry fish, salted fish, cooked fish, smoked fish, baked fish…fish, fish, fish – and sheep heads (and other body parts).  This was it – I was already starting to feel nervous – I would have to not only make a fish dish, but most of the recipes looked through either had disgusting looking food in their pictures, or no picture at all.  I opted for a recipe with no picture so that I wouldn’t have any bias as to what it would look like, and tried to keep calm.

I decided on a recipe for fish soup since I’d never had fish in a soup before and I’m all about trying new things.  I read through many many recipes, and settled on one that had many interesting ingredients, but was quick to prepare.

And, to my utter surprise – it was good.  It had a wonderfully mild flavor, and I promptly found myself at the end of my second bowl.  My husband was not so thrilled – he doesn’t like anything that has to do with fish.  Luckily, my older son is head over heals for fish and was able to share in the delight with me.  I also went ahead and packaged some up for a friend of mine who always brings me different soups to try, and she called my in the evening to get the recipe.

This soup is good.

Icelandic Fish Soup (from:
3 Tablespoons Butter
1 small Red Onion, julienned
white part of a Leek, thinly sliced
1 stalk Celery, diced
400 mL Fish Stock
600 mL Chicken Stock
200 mL Cream
2 Shots Sherry
70 g Tomato Sauce
1 pinch Saffron
1 Tablespoon Tarragon Vinegar
½ Cup dry White Wine
226 g Flounder fillet, cut into small pieces
226 g salmon fillet, cut into small pieces
150 g Icelandic Shrimp (very tiny pre-cooked salad shrimp)
salt and white pepper, to taste
Parsley and Green Onion slices to garnish


Melt butter in a large stock pot.  Add the onion, leek, and celery, and sauté for 4 minutes.  Add the fish stock, chicken stock, cream, sherry, tomato sauce, saffron, vinegar, and wine.  Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for 6 minutes.  Add the flounder and salmon and bring it to a boil again, then remove from heat – the fish will continue to cook with the heat of the liquid.  Add the shrimp and let sit for about 2 minutes until the shrimp have also heated through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish and serve warm.

Serves 6-8.

My site was nominated for Best Food Blog!

20 responses so far

20 Responses to “The Classics – Icelandic Fish Soup – Project Food Blog Challenge #2”

  1. Rosaon 24 Sep 2010 at 10:40 pm

    That soup is splendid! what a great combination of flavors and ingredients.



  2. bellini vallion 25 Sep 2010 at 12:43 am

    This sounds fantastic. Bug hugs and good luck in the combination. Looks like we are both made it to round 2…along with 400 others that is:D

  3. Lizon 27 Sep 2010 at 4:41 pm

    that turned out delicious looking, and so nice to see someone veer away from Asia or Eastern Europe. You have one vote from here!

  4. Amelia from Z Tasty Lifeon 27 Sep 2010 at 8:30 pm

    interesting. unusual. Voted.

    (see my entry here:

  5. Minon 27 Sep 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Nicole, this soup looks amazing! And an imaginative cuisine choice as well. So bummed I didn’t even make it to this round, but I will keep voting for you until the end!!

    The Bad Girl’s Kitchen

  6. Jennifer @ Cook, eat, play, repeaton 28 Sep 2010 at 4:35 am

    I’ve been to Iceland and I must say that your soup looks a lot like the soup we had there! :) Maybe even better ;) You have my vote!

  7. jen cheungon 28 Sep 2010 at 6:20 am

    this looks delicious :) Good luck with project food and you got my vote for this one! Feel free to drop by :) Good luck and best wishes for making to the top !! WOOHOO

    jen @

  8. myamiion 28 Sep 2010 at 9:32 am

    You guys are all so awesome! Thank you for your votes!

  9. Claireon 28 Sep 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I have to applaud you for trying something you thought you might not like! I’m not a big fish fan and hearing all the stuff they make in the Nordic countries (if Iceland really is included in that group?) never made me too excited. I think I might have to give this a try, just to be brave…and like most things, I’ll probably be glad I did.

    All the best in the competition – this entry definitely won my vote!

  10. Peteron 29 Sep 2010 at 4:28 am

    Wow, Icelandic is definitely a fun cuisine to try! I really wish we could taste each entry! You got our vote!

    (Our entry is here: )

  11. Danielle@Runs With Spatulason 29 Sep 2010 at 6:15 am

    Your photos are fantastic, and what a unique location to choose a recipe from! Good luck in round 2!

  12. Charmaine @ Speakeasy Kitchenon 29 Sep 2010 at 6:51 am

    Wow, what a way to think outside the box! I don’t think of Iceland as a culinary mecca, so this is one of the more interesting and unique posts I’ve seen in PFB. You’ve got my vote!

  13. @lickmyspoonon 29 Sep 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Your soup looks fantastic, I love the way you presented it. Voting for you! Good luck this week.

    Lick My Spoon

  14. Jeanneon 29 Sep 2010 at 11:28 pm

    This soup looks beautiful and tasty! Excellent work on this challenge, you earned my vote!

  15. Amanda (The Culinary Passport)on 29 Sep 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Great pictures. You’ve inspired me to try Icelandic!

  16. Gina Ruizon 30 Sep 2010 at 1:19 am

    Looks delicious! I’ve got a dear friend who lives in Iceland so you get my vote not only for a gorgeous post but for putting me just a wee bit closer to a an old friend. Best of luck to you in the competition.

  17. Peggyon 30 Sep 2010 at 3:20 am

    I’m actually a big fan of fish in soups! This sounds great and unique! Good luck!

  18. Simonaon 30 Sep 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I like to try different kinds of fish soup, so I’d be happy to get a bowl of yours. Very nice! You have my vote.

  19. Edon 01 Oct 2010 at 1:03 am

    Great dish and pics. You have my vote!

  20. myamiion 01 Oct 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you all for your votes! I have advanced to the next round! Keep an eye out for my next post on Sunday!

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