Fish and Shrimp Soup (Ukha Recipe)

I’ve been working on creating the perfect fish and shrimp soup and this one really hit the spot. The fish is perfectly tender and flaky.

Light, but full of flavor; a major comfort soup. Ukha is a traditional Russian soup and you can absolutely use a freshly caught fish just like our ancestors would have except I was too lazy to pick the bones out of a fish. And I was too lazy to go fishing and catch a fish. That being said, my fish came from the freezer aisle of Fred Meyer. Don’t judge me.

Ingredients for Fish and Shrimp soup:

10 cups water
2 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth
1 Tbsp salt
3 medium potatoes
2 medium carrot, thinly sliced
12 oz tilapia fish fillets, cut into 1″ pieces
1/2 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
2 bay leaves
1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash
1/8 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp fresh parsley or 1 Tbsp dried parsley

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1. In a large soup pot over high heat, add 10 cups water, 2 cups vegetable broth and 1 Tbsp salt. Dice your potatoes and add them to the pot. Bring to a boil and continue to cook the potatoes 10 minutes after boiling.

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2. Add sliced carrots into the pot and cook another 10 min while prepping your mirpoix/zazharka (step 3).

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3. In a large skillet, add 3 Tbsp olive oil over med/high heat. Add finely diced onion and thinly sliced celery and saute until soft and golden (7 min). Toss this mixture into the pot.

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4. Add shelled shrimp and chopped fish to the pot. Also, toss in your 2 bay leaves, 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash, 1/8 tsp pepper, 2 Tbsp fresh parsley. Return to a boil and cook another 5 minutes or until fish and shrimp are fully cooked. Salt more to taste if desired and remove from heat. Serve with a sprig of fresh parsley or dill.

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Yum. Yum.
Credits: Big thank you to my sis, Alla who gave me fierce fish soup cravings after I tried a bowl at her house. Also, a great big thank you to Valentina N. who shared her fish and shrimp soup recipe with me and taught me that tilapia and shrimp mingle really well together.

Shrimp and Fish Soup (Ukha)

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I've been working on creating the perfect fish soup and this one hit the spot. The fish is perfectly tender and flaky. Light, but full of flavor; a major comfort soup. You can absolutely use a freshly caught fish just like our ancestors would have except I was too lazy to pick the bones out of a fish. And I was too lazy to go fishing and catch a fish. That being said, my fish came from the freezer aisle of Fred Meyer. Don't judge me.
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Skill Level: Medium/Easy
Cost To Make: $12-$14
Serving: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz tilapia fish fillets, cut into 1" pieces
  • ½ lb shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Mrs. Dash
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley or 1 Tbsp dried parsley

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot over high heat, add 10 cups water, 2 cups broth and 1 Tbsp salt. Dice your potatoes and add them to the pot. Bring to a boil and continue to cook the potatoes 10 minutes after boiling.
  2. Add sliced carrots into the pot and cook another 10 min while prepping your mirpoix/zazharka (step 3).
  3. In a large skillet, add 3 Tbsp olive oil over med/high heat. Add finely diced onion and thinly sliced celery and saute until soft and golden (7 min). Toss this mixture into the pot.
  4. Add shelled shrimp and chopped fish to the pot. Also, toss in your 2 bay leaves, 1 Tbsp Dash, ⅛ tsp pepper, 2 Tbsp fresh parsley. Return to a boil and cook another 5 minutes or until fish and shrimp are fully cooked. Salt more to taste if desired and remove from heat. Serve with a sprig of fresh parsley or dill for garnish.

Final Final Picmonkey Hashtag bannerAnd because a gazillion of you have asked for the nutrition info:nutrition for shrimp and fish soupI call this shot “Chilling in the hot tub”…

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  • Julia
    October 2, 2017

    Haven’t had uha in 15 years, was looking up recipes and found yours. Prego craving! Thank you so much for posting an adapted recipe, I had no idea where to look for okun’ fish. Haha. I’m sure it’s delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 2, 2017

      I hope you LOVE it (and hope it satisfies your cravings!) Congratulations and God bless you in your pregnancy πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tatyana S.
    September 25, 2017

    Natasha this is a wonderful soup, super delicious and lightπŸ‘ŒπŸ» I been making it for a while now but didn’t know that I never left a comment about it.
    I got my mom and sister into making it as well😜
    Simple ingredients and easy to make! Definitely a must try to whoever haven’t yetπŸ˜‹ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 25, 2017

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe just as much as I do! Thanks for spreading the love and sharing your excellent review Tatyana! Reply

  • August 12, 2017

    I made this today with Shark Catfish, which is a whitefish and not a catfish taste, followed the recipe (had to make some Mrs. Dash Seasoning) and for a Thai flair, added Straw Mushrooms. Perfect! Thank you Natasha, 5th recipe tested, 5th recipe 100% spot on. The Thai family, and there is a lot here, are loving it! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 12, 2017

      My pleasure Lee! I’m so glad your loving the recipes! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natalia
    June 28, 2017

    I am not a fan of tilapia and was wondering if you tried to substitute it for salon or cod? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 29, 2017

      Hi Natalia, I think you could make this work well with a variety of fish. There is definitely room to experiment πŸ™‚ Reply

    • August 12, 2017

      I would shy away from salmon, stick with a common whitefish in your area. Salmon is good in a sauce type of dish, probably over powering in this dish. Sea Bass, Ocean Perch, Barramundi, Shark Catfish would be good choices. Reply

  • Retavia Kimble
    April 7, 2016

    I tried this and I absolutely love it and will be making it time and time again it’s definitely delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 7, 2016

      I’m so happy you love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Anna
    March 29, 2016

    Great recipe. My family and I loved it! I made a slight change by adding some barley and fresh lemon juice. Delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2016

      Those changes sound nice! Thank you so much for sharing that with us πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Kate
    December 18, 2015

    Dear Natasha! Thank you for this wonderful soup! I have only one question – what is the Mr. Dish? I guess it is spice but I’d like to be more sure. Thank you in advance! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 18, 2015

      Kate, Mrs. Dash is all purpose, salt-free seasoning, used in a variety of dishes. I always have it on hand. Reply

  • Luda
    December 8, 2015

    What an interesting take on traditional uha! So delicious! And simple
    Enjoying every sip of it right now, after finally putting up our Christmas tree (with lots of “help” from my little ones lol) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 8, 2015

      What a sweet scene. πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you are enjoying the soup and isn’t it the “best” and most unique looking tree when kids help out? lol Reply

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