Creamy Scandinavian Seafood Soup

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While other creamy fish soups tend to be overpowering, this one is light, elegant, and delicious. Sprinkle with chives and serve with bread.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white wine

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ dried chile pepper

  • ½ sprig fennel fronds

  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds cod fillets

  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded

  • 8 uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, or more to taste


  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onions and saute until lightly browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Bring chicken broth, water, white wine, vinegar, and fish sauce to a boil in a large pot. Add sauteed vegetables, reduce heat, and let simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Whisk heavy cream and flour together in a small bowl. Add cream to the soup, followed by sugar, garlic, bay leaf, chile pepper, fennel greens, sea salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add cod, mussels, and shrimp; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer without boiling until fish is easily flaked, 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Cook's Notes:

You can use butter instead of olive oil.

You can use any fish fillets you prefer such as salmon, halibut, or any other firm, white-fleshed fish you can find locally.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

466 Calories
23g Fat
17g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 466
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 53%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 991mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 617mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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