Cod Fish Soup

Quick, easy and absolutely delicious fish soup recipe. Cod fillets cooked with potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, garlic and parsley. Any firm white fish (like haddock, tilapia, hallibut) will work here.
Cod Fish Soup


  • 12 ounces cod fillets (I used wild Alaska cod)
  • 9 cups water
  • 3 potatoes (medium, chopped)
  • 2 carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 onion (medium, finely chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
25 minutes
Total time:
35 minutes
Yield: 6 Servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes


1. In a pot, bring water to boil.
2. Chop the potatoes. Thinly slice celery and carrots. Finely chop onion.
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3. Add potatoes and carrots to the water and bring back to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 10 minutes.
4. In a skillet, heat olive oil. Saute celery and onion for about 7 minutes. Add to the pot.
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5. Chop fish and mince garlic, add to the soup.
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6. Add parsley, bay leaf and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 7 minutes, or until fish is fully cooked.
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7. Serve with toasted bread.


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Good, healthy

Guest April 13, 2020 6:58 PM
I liked this soup and, yes, it’s very healthy. I did find it on the bland side and so would make it with broth (at least partially) next time.

alenatrs April 21, 2020 8:56 PM
Agree that it's healthy, I think it has enough flavor but you can try adding broth and see how you like it that way. Thanks for leaving your comment! - Alena

Guest April 11, 2020 1:00 AM
really good soup

alenatrs April 21, 2020 8:53 PM
Thank you! - Alena

Guest December 17, 2019 6:48 PM
That was so good... 😊

alenatrs December 18, 2019 9:09 AM
Thank you so much for the great review! :) - Alena

Very delicious and easy to make

Guest November 3, 2019 11:41 PM
I’m a college student so I really like good food that is 1) fast, 2) easy to cook, and 3) affordable. This soup meets all of those criteria and is really delicious, I always make enough to have leftovers for lunches. The only difference from the recipe above is that I use Alaskan polluck instead of cod because it was cheaper at the store when I went. Overall, very delicious, especially for cold weather.

alenatrs December 13, 2019 9:08 AM
Glad to hear you like the recipe. Once you have a family, you will still keep these criteria ;) Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us!

Fish Soup

Guest March 8, 2019 9:46 PM
Made the soup this evening...wonderful recipe we really enjoyed it. I added a few jumbo prawns just because we like prawns. worked out well.

alenatrs April 16, 2019 1:31 PM
Thank you for your wonderful review and tip! - Alena

Guest February 22, 2019 1:40 PM
Made this last night exactly as written. It was very good. Any reason why fillets and not cod fish loins? Cheaper and guaranteed no bones. I'm making more to freeze. So good.

alenatrs February 25, 2019 2:19 PM
Both will work great! Thanks for leaving your wonderful review! - Alena


Guest January 21, 2019 7:06 PM
Easy to make and very light. We will enjoy again in the future!

alenatrs February 11, 2019 1:36 PM
I’m so happy you enjoyed it! - Alena


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Guest August 9, 2018 3:56 PM
This looks so easy to make and a good healthy weeknight recipe. I've also never had cod soup before, but this makes me want to try!

alenatrs August 9, 2018 10:44 PM
Thank you for the comment!! I hope you'll like the recipe!

Looks tasty!

Guest August 5, 2018 4:49 PM
I have never had cod soup before but this makes me want to make it!

alenatrs August 6, 2018 9:18 AM
Hope you get a chance to try the recipe!

I love the sound of this recipe

Guest August 5, 2018 3:14 PM
it sounds wonderfully nutritious but still light and healthy

Perfect for New England

Guest August 1, 2018 4:06 PM
I live in New England and this is the most perfect regional dish. I can't to make this in the fall!

alenatrs August 2, 2018 9:41 PM
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll like the recipe as much as we do!

Guest August 1, 2018 9:29 AM
Super simple and flavorful, this looks like the perfect soup for warmer temperatures! Thanks for sharing!

alenatrs August 2, 2018 9:40 PM
You are very welcome!

Constance Smith

Guest August 1, 2018 8:00 AM
This soup looks so simple and wholesome. Alaskan cod is a great fish to utilize.

alenatrs August 2, 2018 9:39 PM
Thank you, Constance! I like cod and have many recipes with cod here. Hope you'll check them out!

Tastes subtle and delicious

Guest May 24, 2018 7:57 PM
I loved the fresh and bright taste of this soup. You can really savor all the complexities - the lemon flavor is especially noticeable and delicious. I used a chicken broth that I made and it was perfect with this recipe.

alenatrs June 1, 2018 9:44 AM
Thanks for taking the time to share your excellent review!

alenatrs September 12, 2017 11:30 AM
SneakyChicken, thank you for your honest opinion! I like the way you modified the recipe!


SneakyChicken July 14, 2017 9:20 PM
I love the heartiness of this recipe, but I found it to be lacking in flavor. The second time I made it, I added some chili paste, used vegetable stock instead of water, a little extra garlic, a TINY bit of thyme, and used salted butter to sautée the onion and celery. I turned the heat off after I added the cod and added some chopped summer squash and was very pleased with the outcome. It was even better the next day.

alenatrs June 27, 2017 1:17 PM
That’s so great to hear olga-semenova! Thanks for sharing!

olga-semenova June 27, 2017 12:15 PM
I absolutely loved this soup, I'm so glad I found this recipe! To my surprise, my kids loved it, too! I'll be making it again and again, thank you!

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