Fish Dishes, Food Recipes, Main Dishes

Cod Soup With Asian Spices & Herbs

The delicate flavours of Asian spices work incredibly well with fish. This fish soup makes a lovely and healthy starter or a light meal.

Serves 4


  • 1.5l water
  • 1 leek, chopped into slices (the tender part)
  • 2 carrots, peeled, cut into matchsticks
  • 1tbsp fresh ginger cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium lime, half juiced and half cut into wedges
  • 2tbsps salt-reduced soy sauce
  • 2tbsps Fish Sauce
  • 500g firm white fish fillets cut into slices (I used cod fillets)
  • 100g champignons or oriental mushrooms like oyster or shiitake, cut roughly
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed, outer layers discarded, halved lengthwise, and smashed with the side of a chef’s knife
  • 100g ginger or rice noodles
  • 1tsp sesame oil
  • 2tbsps sliced spring onions
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Chives (for garnish)


  1. Bring water to the boil.
  2. Add all vegetables, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat.
  3. Add fish. Simmer gently for 5 minute. Add mushrooms and lemongrass and simmer for 1 more minute.
  4. Add noodles and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in sesame oil.
  5. Serve garnished with chives, coriander and spring onions.