Mexican Seafood Soup

Submited by Laura from Jimenez Chihuahua Mexico

MEXICAN SEAFOOD SOUP MEXICAN SEAFOOD SOUP

For this Traditional Mexican Seafood Soup Recipe the cook's work is quite simple.

Mexican seafood soup is a medley of fresh seafood floating in vegetables and tomato flavored broth.

This soup is filled with a variety of tastes and textures, from flaky fish to meaty shrimp and tender squid or octopus.

Mexican Seafood Soup is one of the easiest, most impressive ways to celebrate. It can be economical too.

Serves 6

Ingredients for the broth:

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 large carrots cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 leeks, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper cut into inch cubes
  • 1 white onion, halved
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled.

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 8-10 ripe medium-size tomatoes, roasted then peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 small white onions
  • 6 guajillo peppers, seeded and kept in hot water until soft. You can control how spicy the food will be by the type of chilli peppers and the amount used.
  • 1/3 cup olive oil.

Seafood Ingredients:

  • 1 pound squid
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 1 pound boneless fish fillets (grouper, snapper, halibut, catfish, sea bass or the like) cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 pound octopus
  • 10 cleaned clams.

Ingredients for flavor, aroma and seasoning:

  • 2 to 3 large sprigs fresh epazote (or a handful of fresh cilantro or parsley sprigs, if no epazote is at hand)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes

Procedure

  1. In a large pot bring the 8 ingredients for the broth to a boil.
  2. In order to make the sauce, use a blender for the tomatoes, garlic, onion and guajillo pepper. Strain this mixture and fry it in the olive oil.
  3. Add the fried tomato sauce to the broth.
  4. Partially cover the pot and simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Raise the heat a little and add the fish cubes.
  6. When the broth returns to a gentle boil, add the rest of seafood ingredients: squid, shrimp, octopus and clams and let cook for about 3 minutes
  7. Add the 4 ingredients for flavor, aroma and seasoning and let cook for 1 minute before turning off the heat.
  8. For a better presentation remove the onion halved, the 4 garlic cloves and the bay leaves.
  9. Serve.

TIPS

WHAT IS THE SIMPLEST BROTH YOU CAN MAKE TO BOTH WEAVE TOGETHER ALL THE FLAVORS AND PROVIDE RICH COMPLETENESS TO THE SOUP?

Many cooks start a great seafood soup or stew with fish stock made from fish bones or heads, vegetables or herbs. But fish bones and head are less and less available these days at fish counters and markets. So, chicken broth is the best substitute.

WHAT IS THE BEST, MOST EASILY AVAILABLE VARIETY OF SEAFOOD FOR THE STEW?

  • Always try to buy seafood that is frozen rather than defrosted.
  • Fresh fish that glistens and has a translucency is the freshest; it should have no odor other than that of the sea.
  • Fish with small flakes will fall apart in the stew.
  • Strong flavored fish like kingfish, mackerel, bluefish and salmon would dominate the otherwise delicious balance here, so I suggest to veer away from them.
  • In order to find fresh seafood look in Asian Markets. Their clientele is very demanding when it comes to the fruits of the sea.
  • WHAT IS THE RIGHT BALANCE OF INGREDIENTS FOR SEAFOOD SOUP RECIPE?

    The richest seafood soups and stews are created with a variety of seafood with the addition of some vegetables, tomato and herbs. And hot pepper, of course, accelerates your enjoyment.

    NUTRITIONAL FACTS FOR SEAFOOD:

  • It has long been scientifically proven that there is enormous nutritional value in seafood.
  • Seafood can prevent anemia and helps to fortify the immune system.
  • It protects against the onset of cardiovascular disease.
  • One important study has revealed that consumers of seafood �in contrast to strict vegetarians- have higher concentrations omega 3 acids (which are good friends to the heart and blood vessel) and significantly lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Besides protecting the heart, seafood is an incredible rich source of vitamins, for example contains quit a lot of B12, and essential minerals that are important to good health.
  • It is a telling fact that some elderly people who have been diagnosed with a condition of senility have been treated with B12 with positive results.
  • Seafood is rich in iron, and the body is known to better absorb iron when it is accompanied by a source of vitamin C. That is why it is always a good idea to include vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, garlic or onions to the menu.
  • For more info about other ingredientes in the mexican seafood soup see » Nutritional Value of Food

    CONTACT ME

    My name is Laura. Please contact me with any ideas or questions about the recipe, just drop me a note. I will be happy to respond.