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Russian Salmon Soup Ukha Recipe With Garnish Idea

Stock and Soup

Russian Fish Soup with Salmon

           Ukha ( Уха ) means fish soup in Russian. When creating my salmon soup recipe I took into consideration my family’s taste. While I follow the basic Russian fish soup Ukha recipe, I have made it my own from the classic recipe. This savory and filling soup is sure to be a hit with those that enjoy salmon. This soup makes a healthy lunch meal. Great way to use salmon skin and bones for extra flavoring in fish broth for this soup and little meat. A very practical way to use salmon for a few dishes. Give a try and you will be not disappointed.

*For good fish soup, not every fish can be used.

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1. Fish Stock Recipe


12 oz skin with scales and bones of salmon

1/3 lb onion

1/3 lb carrot

6 1/2 cup water

1 1/2 oz parsley and dill stems

1 tablespoon salt

5 allspice peppercorns

5 black whole peppercorns

Cooking Direction:

  1. Separate skin and bones from meat for stock. I use scales also. Scales gives your stock thickness and richness, not taste.
Photo Preparation Fish Salmon for Soup

2.  Roast carrot and onion on dry skillet, it give more flavor to our stock.

Roasting Vegetables

3. Salt water. Place salt, roasted onion, roasted carrot, steams of dill and parsley, pepper corns of black pepper and all spice in boiling water. Brink to boil and add fish skin and bones. Boil on medium-low or low  45 minutes. We can also use carcass bones, head (grills and eyes needs to be removed) and fins. If you have large carcass bones boil for 1.5 hour.

Photo Fish Stock Preparation

4. Our stock is ready. Let it stand for 10 min, so everything in pot lay down on a bottom. You can sieved broth or just pour gently out clear liquid. Discard everything except left of meat on bones and skin. Not much, but good addition to your soup. Don’t put meat back to stock yet.

Photo Preparation Fish Stock

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2. Soup Recipe


1 lb potatoes

1 tablespoon rice

1/3 lb carrot

1/3 lb onion

1-2 tablespoons wine (I used moscato)

3 bay leaves

Pinch of red pepper flakes to your taste how spicy you like

1/2 lb salmon meat

2 tablespoon vegetable oil to saute onion and carrot

Cooking Direction:

  1. Dice bite size potato. Dice carrot and onion 1/3 inch size.
Photo Fish Soup Preparation
Photo Fish Soup Preparation

2. Brink stock to boil and add potatoes and rice. Boil for 10 minutes.

Photo Preparation Fish Soup

3. Saute onion and carrot in vegetable oil. Use oil without a specific smell, so it doesn’t overpover soup taste, we have a lot of great flavors without.

*Great oil can be for example, grape seeds oil, canola oil, corn oil.

Photo Preparation Fish Soup

4. Add onion with carrot, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, and wine. Boil for 10 minutes more.

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Someone recommended to use instead of wine lemon juice in comments to the recipe on my YouTube channel. I didn’t try yet but in my opinion it is a great idea.

5. Before add meat check potato, it needs to be done. Check for salt and spices.

Fish Soup Preparation

6. Add meat, brink to boil and turn off heat. Pot needs to be heavy to hold heat. If your pot is not heavy boil meat for a few minutes.

Fish Soup Preparation

7. Let “rest” for 15 min before serve. Serve with green dill and black pepper. Green dill is the best garnish to my taste, but you can add parsley also.

Russian Fish Soup with Salmon Photo

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               Salmon Fish Soup Garnishing Idea For Children

Photo Ukha Russian Salmon Soup Recipe garnished

Carrot Garnish for Fish Soup

We can garnish soup for kids. It is fun but time-consuming. Just instead of dicing, cut carrot fish shape. Create fish with attention, so fish won’t lose tails when you will be sauteed fish from carrot. Fish Soup Decor

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8 replies
  1. Jeanette
    Jeanette says:

    I’m definitely going to give this a whirl this winter. I love the fact that you begin with the homemade stock, which is so important to the flavour of the finished soup!


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