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 avocado 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 avocado 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.

Products I recommend for this recipe

Bay Leaves

Bay Leaves
Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil
Russet Potatoes

Russet Potatoes



Fresh Parsley

Fresh Parsley


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Very good

Guest December 7, 2020 5:45 PM
Instead of all water I added a bottle of clam juice, a can of broth and a tablespoon of chicken better than bullion. This gave the broth very nice flavor. I made my own bread in a Banneton.

delicious soup

Guest December 6, 2020 4:54 PM
a tip to increase the flavor: saute onions, garlic, celery and carrots in 1tbs of olive oil and 1tbs of butter, then add boiling water, fish and potatoes plus spices and cook for 10 minutes. You will be surprised how much more flavorful your soup will be. delicious!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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


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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!

Looks tasty!

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

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!

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

Constance Smith

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

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 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!


Guest February 16, 2021 6:37 PM
Delicious soup and easy to prepare! The soup is delicious as is. I had leftovers and added a little bit of heat like red pepper flakes, cayenne and medium salsa perfect for cold winter days. Yum!

alenatrs February 16, 2021 11:02 PM
So glad to hear you enjoyed this cod soup, thank you for leaving your wonderful review! - Alena

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