CATCH OF THE DAY | Top 10 European Fish Soups and Stews (and more)

Who would have thought that a once abandoned fish soup would become a modern phenomena, now served in every pub and restaurant in Ireland?

We recommend the chowder the Kirwans serve in their fresh fish shop at Clogherhead pier in county Louth, the fabulous chowder at O’Dowds in Roundstone, county Galway and the unique chowder at Aherne’s in Youghal, county Cork, one of the first pub-restaurants to serve this amazing dish.

The chowder story itself is also amazing.

IRISH Chowders
various fish

TWO CROATIAN Ribarski Brodet grouper, mussels, prawns, squid

THREE NORWEGIAN Bergensk Fisksuppe cod / coley, halibut, monkfish, salmon, fish stock, fish balls

FOUR CATALONIAN Zarzuela white fish, shellfish, lobster

FIVE TURKISH Balik Çorbasi grouper / gurnard / red mullet

SIX FINNISH Lohikeitto salmon, stock from salmon bones

SEVEN FLEMISH Waterzooi black sole, cod, hake, lobster, mussels, plaice, prawns, whiting

EIGHT ICELANDIC Lúdusúpa hake / halibut

NINE PORTUGUESE Sopa de Camarão prawn

TEN MALTESE Aljotta grouper / rock fish / flounder / halibut / red snapper, fish stock

Other European Fish Preparations

AEGEAN Psarósoupa rock fish / bream / grouper / gurnard / red mullet / red snapper, carrots, celery, olive oil, onions, potatoes, rice, tomatoes, zucchini, seasonings, water

BURGUNDY Meurette freshwater fish, bay leaves, butter, carrots, flour, garlic, onions, parsley, thyme, red wine, bread

CÔTE D’AZUR Bouillabaisse fresh fish, shellfish, aïoli, croûtons, potatoes, sauce, olive oil, garlic, leeks, onions, saffron, tomatoes, fennel, orange peel, parsley, thyme, seasoning, warm water

FRANCE Chaudrée shellfish, cuttlefish, eel, gurnard, haddock, hake, langoustine, mackerel, monkfish, plaice, red mullet, sole, skate

FRANCE Cotriade fish stock, monkfish, mackerel, gurnard, langoustines, mussels, oysters

FRANCE Bourride monkfish / white fish, aïoli, stale bread, carrots, garlic, leeks white, onions, orange peel, seasoning, water, white wine

FRANCE La Pôchouse Verdun-sur-le-Doubs any of burbot, carp, catfish, eel, gudgeon, perch, pike, roach, tench, trout

FRANCE MONACO L’estocafic / E’stocafi Stoficado cod / stockfish, tomatoes, potatoes, red peppers, onions, white wine, black olives, garlic, olive oil

GERMANY NETHERLANDS Aalsuppe eel, fish stock, prunes / pears, white wine, peas, carrots, celery stalk, white leek, parsley, seasonings

HUNGARY Halászlé freshwater fish, onions, paprika

ITALY Cernia alla Marinara grouper / gurnard, tomatoes, green olives, onions, white wine, capers

MEDITERRANEAN Kakavia fresh fish, shellfish, fish stock, olive oil, onions, tomatoes, herbs, peppercorns, seasonings, water

NETHERLANDS Aalsoep eel, butter, capers, parsley, flour, salted water

NORMANDY Matelote seafish + crayfish, mussels, oysters, shrimps / freshwater fish / eel, croûtons, brandy / whiskey, cider, stock from mussels, fish stock, carrot, celery, onions, butter, bacon, mushrooms, onions small whole, clove, garlic, herbs, peppercorns, seasoning, red / white wine

NORWAY Plukfisk white fish, potatoes, white sauce, nutmeg, salt, pepper

SCOTLAND Cullen Skink haddock, fish stock, milk, onions, potatoes

RUSSIA Ukha fresh fish fillets, fish stock made with bay leaves, onions, parsley and peppercorns, egg whites, dill, parsley, seasonings, water

SPAIN Sopa a La Mallorquina fresh fish stock, toasted bread, garlic, Madeira, oil, onions, parsley, tomatoes, white wine, seasonings

SWEDEN Laxsoppa salmon, carrots, barley

SWITZERLAND La Pôchouse eel, perch, pike, trout, vegetables, herbs, spices