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)

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
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.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium/ Easy
Cost to Make: $12-$14
Servings: 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
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 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

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, 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 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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  • Ahmagrammy
    January 13, 2018

    I cook for about 100 unhoused and people in need every Saturday. I was wondering if you could add a serving size button to your site? It helps me calculate the recipe ingredients to that larger amount. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2018

      The serving size is listed with each recipe. I’ll keep your suggestion in mind to add the feature to adjust it manually! Reply

    • January 13, 2018

      I have shared Natasha’s recipe on my site (we have an agreement with this) and my site can do the serving size for. By no means am I trying to take away from Natasha’s recipe or her site. Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        January 14, 2018

        Yes this is true! Thanks Lee πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Anna
    November 29, 2017

    Thanks Natasha for your recipes. Everything I tried was great! This soup is delisious easy to cook and low calories. I will definitely recommend your blog to my friends. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 29, 2017

      Anna, thank you for such a nice review 😬 and you are very welcome! Reply

  • 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

  • Scarlet Gem
    December 7, 2015

    This soup recipe is simply awesome. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 7, 2015

      Thanks for the great review! I’m so glad you liked it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tallya
    October 11, 2015

    Thanks for the recipe! We don’t eat shellfish so I added more fish, it was delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 12, 2015

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tracey
    April 21, 2015

    This fish soup was so incredible! I will be making it again and again. I’ll probably add some fresh crab or lobster the next time. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 21, 2015

      Yum! Crab or lobster sound phenomenal! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Laura
    February 25, 2015

    I’ve been looking for a good fish soup recipe and this was perfect! I substituted turnip for the potatoes, used cod instead of tilapia and added some baby spinach. Perfection! Great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 25, 2015

      Thanks for the great review Laura and great job on improvising :). Reply

  • Valentina
    January 20, 2015

    Just made a pot of this goodness. Can’t wait to have a few bowls πŸ˜‰ I like to let it sit for an hour our so.. you can taste the flavors a lot more. Oh and for those that like their ukha spicy, try adding a *little* cayenne pepper in the end. Yum! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2015

      I’m so happy you liked it! I love your idea of adding cayenne pepper at the end. Mmm… πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Luda
    January 14, 2015

    Hi Natasha!

    I made this ukha yesterday, but with salmon because I didn’t have shrimp and tilapia. It turned out great. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Luda, I’m glad you enjoyed it :). Reply

  • Inna
    August 4, 2014

    just cooked this soup!! Used Salmon instead! Its great! thanks for another great recipe!! Everything I do from your website turns out GREAT!! BIG THANKS TO YOU NATASHA!! Love that u put so much pictures and is super clear on the directions unlike other cooking blogs! I used to think how can people like cooking!! But once ive come upon your website, surprisingly I love cooking now! wow! even baking! Your recipes are amazing!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 4, 2014

      Awww your comment just made my day. Thank you so much. I feel so inspired right now πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Jessica
    May 19, 2014

    Fantastic soup! My Russian husband said it “tastes exactly like it’s supposed to”. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 19, 2014

      That’s awesome! Thank you (and your husband) for a fantastic review πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Inna
    March 29, 2014

    Natasha, we loved this soup! Thanks for the recipe! My husband was very amazed how good it was. Definitely will be adding it to my reaccuring meals list. P.s.next time will try with tilapia. I used rockfish this time. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 29, 2014

      I haven’t had rock fish in a long time! You can use most kinds of fish (even salmon) in this soup. I’m so happy you liked it πŸ™‚ Reply

  • tonya
    March 10, 2014

    thank you!! my husband loved this soup. making it again per his request πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 10, 2014

      Thank you for the great report and you are welcome :). Reply

  • Natasha
    February 3, 2014

    Incredibly delish! Had my best friend over, who hates the traditional ukha; she could not get enough if it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 3, 2014

      That’s fantastic!! Music to my ears πŸ™‚ Thanks Natasha! Reply

  • Natasha
    January 24, 2014

    Such a divine soup. We loved it! πŸ˜‰ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 24, 2014

      Yes!!! Thanks for reporting back πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natasha
    January 23, 2014

    I cooked it couple hours ago. Waiting for my hubby to come home and try it. He is the first to try all the recipes i cook. And he is very honest. So far he gave the best ratings to your recipes . I am so glad that i found your family’s food blog. Exceptional job. Zuppa Toscana, Olivye, Chicken and Mushroom Casserole, Crab Salad, Shrimp and Fish Soup (UKHA)… πŸ™‚ Amazing.!!!!! What a start for me to explore your blog πŸ˜‰

    Chelovecheskoje SPASIBO!!!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 23, 2014

      Oh. forgot to mention was in a hurry: instead of shelled i got peeled πŸ™ will see very soon how it will turn out.

      Also I would like just to double check: what is the exact amount of black pepper (according to the recipe) are you using Natasha? 1/8 tsp or 1/4 tsp?
      Thank you πŸ™‚

      P.S. The ingredient list says 1/8 tsp, according to Instructions its 1/4 tsp πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        January 23, 2014

        You can really add it to taste. I think I used 1/8 tsp. If you want it to be spicier, add more πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2014

      You’re so welcome! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you’re really enjoying the recipes πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Natasha
    January 22, 2014

    Thanks for the great ideas, I have been thinking what to make tomorrow and thanks to your awesome recipes and pictures I’ll be making ukha for my husband and lettuce wraps for me πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 23, 2014

      Sounds like a very good plan. πŸ™‚ Ukha for the Mr and lettuce wraps for you πŸ˜‰ I hope you both love the recipes! Reply

  • Great soup! I love that you add nutritional info at the end. Just a thought, when ‘measuring’ liquid foods, it’s easier to know how much is 1 serving if you say ‘1 cup’ or ‘2 cups’ instead of grams πŸ™‚ What program/website do you use to count up the nutritional value? I might add it to my recipes as well.. I use fitday for counting calories, but their graph is not ‘copy-able’… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 19, 2014

      I use CalorieCount.com for the nutritional info. I’m not sure if there is way to change from grams to ounces,it automatically puts that part in. I’ll see what I can do πŸ™‚ and thank you for your feedback. Also I use snag it/snip it tool to cut the recipe from the screen, save it and upload it as jpeg. Reply

  • Selina
    January 18, 2014

    Hi Natasha, Made the Ukha the other night. Really good. The kids loved the shrimp in it. Like your “cook-along” photos. Another great recipe!! Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 18, 2014

      Awesome!! That’s the best feeling in the world when kids like what I make πŸ™‚ Thanks Selina! Reply

  • Vera
    January 15, 2014

    I never used shrimp before in uxa, but this is great idea and looks yummy. I love all of your recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 15, 2014

      Thanks Vera! We finished the last of it yesterday. Good till the last drop πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Inna
    January 15, 2014

    I make ukha the same way as you do, except I also add salmon to it… Your pictures are beautiful!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 15, 2014

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  • January 14, 2014

    This looks so delicious, Natasha!
    I love seafood and Ukha is so light and refreshing:). Such a soothing broth. Lovely pictures, as always. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2014

      Thank you Olga :). Reply

  • Richard
    January 14, 2014

    Natasha –

    In the by-gone-days we’d add some fennel seeds, some stewed tomatoes, a few more spices and shell fish, lots of garlic and call it bouillabaisse. With a nice hunk of French bread, a bottle of inexpensive red table wine, a little accordian music, soft lights, and ones ‘petite chou-chou’. Ah, those were the days….. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2014

      Richard, thank you for taking me down the memory lane :). Reply

  • Irina
    January 14, 2014

    This yxa is really good with Salmon. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2014

      Good thing I have some salmon in the freezer!! Thanks Irina πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Joanna
    January 14, 2014

    Hi Natasha! This looks really delicious and comforting! Not only are you a talented cook but funny to boot, lol! Loved the “Chilling in the hot tub” pic πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to try this, thanks for another great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2014

      Thanks Joanna πŸ˜‰ I’ve always been too sarcastic for my own good. lol. Reply

  • January 14, 2014

    It looks delicious πŸ™‚ I add shrimps to my ukha too and different types of fish like ahi tuna and cod. Your version with addition of vegetable broth and celery sounds really good.:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2014

      I love putting celery in soup (sauteed first ofcourse, otherwise I don’t like the texture of fresh celery in soups), but yes it does add a nice layer of flavor πŸ™‚ Have you tried salmon in your ukha? Reply

  • I love uha. Yours look different have to try πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • January 13, 2014

    Natasha amazing photos, last one made me feel like the plate was my, in-front of me. Hmmm but all I see is tea on my table:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 14, 2014

      πŸ™‚ Tea is nice too. We always finish our evening off with looseleaf herbal tea. It just has that calming effect. Reply

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