Montenegrin Fish Soup (Riblja Čorba)

This Montenegrin Fish Soup (Riblja Čorba) recipe — one handed down through generations — is a simple but delicious fish soup, perfect on a cold afternoon.

Montenegrin Fish Soup (Riblja Čorba)

Serves: 4
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  45 mins
Total time:  1 hour
Ingredients:
       1 kg of mixed fish
       1 soup spoon of olive oil
       Enough water to cover the fish generously in a large pot
       3 carrots sliced
       1 onions sliced
       1 celery stick
       2 cloves of garlic
       1 cup of rice (use a risotto-style rice)
       4-5 peppercorns
       Finely chopped parsley
       Salt (to taste)
Instructions:
Scale and gut the fish.
Halve the onion and quickly sear it; this gives it extra flavor.
Place the fish in a large pot and cover with water.
Add the vegetables and garlic and simmer for ½ an hour.
Remove the fish and remove the bones. It might break apart and be a little messy, but it’s going back into the pot as small pieces anyway.
Strain the soup.
Add the olive oil and rice to the soup now and when the rice is ready, put the fish pieces back in.
Serve with some crusty bread.

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