Fish Soup with Lemongrass

Fish Soup with Lemongrass

Today’s recipe the Fish Soup with Lemongrass will be coming directly from a recipe book called Little Vietnam by Nhut Huynh and it is one of the first recipes I will try from this amazing book. I chose this dish as I love noodle soup dishes, they are full of flavour and aroma, I think I won’t go wrong on this one.

Little Vietnam brings together 80 authentic recipes that capture the energy, colour and excitement of Vietnamese cooking.

Acclaimed Vietnamese chef and restauranteur Nhut Huynh shares his passion for the food that sustained his family during times of war and separation and which today inspires him to explore Vietnam’s wonderfully rich culture. In this easy-to-follow Vietnamese cookbook, Nhut introduces traditional classics alongside the eclectic street-stall dishes he has collected on his many trips back to Vietnam to visit friends and family. Throughout, Nhut offers practical tips on sourcing ingredients locally and mastering cooking techniques.

Delicious Vietnamese recipes include:

  • Beef Noodle Soup
  • Salt and Pepper Squid
  • Rice Paper Rolls
  • Chicken with Lemongrass and Chili
  • Crab with Tamarind and Chili
  • And many more…

Fish Soup with Lemongrass Book

Based on ingredients available at most Western supermarkets, these recipes will delight the home cook, while Nhut’s personal story will inspire all of us to take a longer look at an emerging country and its rich culinary traditions.

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Fish Soup with Lemongrass
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Serves: 2
  • One whole snapper (or barramundi, or perch), about 1 lb (500g) cleaned, scaled and head and tail discarded)
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 8½ cups (2 liters) fish stock (use chicken stock, vegetable stock or water for a less fishy flavor, if you prefer)
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, tied in a knot and bruised
  • 3½ oz (100g) Asian celery, stalks cut into 1¼ in (3cm) lengths and leaves chopped and reserved
  • 2 ripe tomatoes cut into thin wedges
  • 5 green onions (scalions), white parts only, cut into 2-in (5-cm) lengths (green tops reserved for another use)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Steamed rice or rice vermicelli and lemon or line wedges, to serve
  1. Rub the fish all over with the salt, then rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Cut widthwise into five or six pieces
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook the onion for 1-2 minutes or until translucent. Add the stock and lemongrass, then bring to a boil and add the fish. Add the celery stalks and return to a boil, skimming the surface to remove any scum.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and green onions. Don't stir as this will break up the fish pieces and you want to keep them intact; instead gently tilt the pan to mix the ingredients. Add the sugar, fish sauce and celery leaves. Serve immediately with rice or noodles and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.


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8 Responses

  1. Just added this to my weekly dinner menu. Yum! 🙂 Healthy too. Thanks Raymund.

  2. Antypasti says:

    yummerty and so healthy! Just one question, did you use palm sugar or regular sugar?

  3. Nithing a better combination instead fish and lemongrass!!!
    fish head will be lovely even more,,,,

  4. I love dishes that use lemongrass. The fragrance and flavor is quite addicting. Love fish soup using the lemongrass as the main flavor! This cookbook sounds like a nice addition to any Vietnamese food lovers!

  5. Kristy says:

    Do you know I just found fresh lemon grass at my grocer for the first time last week. I was so excited! I can’t believe how much your photo looks like the cookbook photo Raymund! Fabulous!

  6. YUM – again Raymund – love the look of this book:)

  7. mmmm I love Vietnamese cuisine. It seems so much lighter and fresh than neighbouring Thai food.

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