Southeast Asian Fish Soup

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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3 cups water

3 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice

4 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated

2 stalks lemongrass, tops trimmed, tender stalks cut into 2-inch pieces and smashed

1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced (2 tablespoons)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon Asian chili paste, such as sambal oelek

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 1/2 pounds red snapper fillet, or other white fleshed fish, skin removed

4 white mushrooms, sliced

2 carrots, shredded

1 cup cilantro leaves and stems, roughly chopped

Kosher salt

Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Bring the water and clam juice to a boil over high heat in a large soup pot with the scallion whites, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Cover and adjust the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Add the fish sauce.
  2. Slice the fish into large chunks and add to the broth with the mushrooms and carrots. Cook over medium heat, uncovered, until the fish is opaque and cooked through, about 4 minutes. (Remove and discard lemongrass.) Stir in the cilantro and scallion greens and season with salt. Spoon into warm bowls and serve with lime wedges.