Salmon Fin Soup

I am not really sure if this is a Chinese dish but I categorized it as Chinese because the recipe happened to be from a Chinese person I met at the Asian Grocery. One day I was doing some groceries and saw this salmon fins sold in our local fishmonger, I don’t know how to use them or cook them so when some Chinese guy passed by and bought some of this I asked him how he prepares them. He said they usually cook it as a soup with tomatoes and onions, as simple as that. For me that sounds easy enough and tasty so I bought some and made it at home and since that day we have this type of soup once in a while, I love the texture of the fins, its meaty and fatty at the same time.

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Salmon Fin Soup

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


This simple Salmon Fin Soup is just made out of salmon fins, tomatoes, basil and onions but it packs a lot of taste and its so delicious, perfect for any cold day



  • 800 g salmon fins
  • 3 large plump red tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • bunch of basil leaves
  • fish sauce
  • ground white pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a pot add water, onion and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add salmon fins bring it back to a boil then simmer for 5-7 minutes or until salmon is just cooked.
  3. Turn heat off then add basil leaves, season with fish sauce and white pepper.
  4. Serve while hot.



5 Responses

  1. shobelyn says:

    Raymund, this looks really good. I can devour / imagine how good the soup is just by looking at the picture. You really have the knack of taking good soup photos. Unfortunately, I do not have that talent right now, as you may have noticed I do not post soup photos on my blog. I am learning how to do it though 🙂

  2. Amanda says:

    Very cool. Salmon fin. That’s new to me. I can only imagine how wonderful this tastes.

  3. cynthia says:

    My beloved dad used to make this. He passed away in 1996 day after Xmas. He taught me how to cook Filipino comfort foods as he called them. The other way he coocked salmon trimmings was sinigang with celery onion tomatoes n lemon juice.

  4. That first photo is stunning and sure to make everyone hungry just looking at it.

  5. Gorgeous food snaps as always and even more delicious food of course! I think it’s almost classically French-esque with the use of tomatoes & onion too. Looks so wholesome!

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