Halibut and Saffron Soup ~ wine, saffron, lemon, dill and fish come together to make a healthy and delicious Scandinavian soup, the golden color is fabulous.
Halibut and saffron soup is so unique!
Saffron is such an interesting ingredient, but so hard to describe. I wish I was one of those people who can take a sip of wine and come up with ‘mossy’ or ‘muscular’ right off the bat, but I’m not. The flavor and aroma of saffron is wonderful, but I’m at a loss to describe it. It’s officially said to have a slightly bitter, ‘hay-like’ flavor, which doesn’t really do it justice, but I can’t give you an alternative. It’s one of those times where words aren’t relevant. I love that.
It’s no secret that I love fish, and chowders and soups are some of my favorite ways to enjoy it.
This recipe is a version of a classic Scandinavian soup. It has a base of wine, stock and cream and a generous amount of saffron to give it a distinctive flavor as well as color. I accented mine with dill.
I came across baby parsnips at the market yesterday, so they went into the soup, along with leeks, onion, and fennel. The pale vegetables provide flavor, texture, and a neutral base for the color of the saffron to shine through.
This soup isn’t thick and heavy like a chowder, but the cream gives it substance. It’s the perfect late summer early fall dish. I would have served this soup with Buckwheat Biscuits, but I was out of buckwheat flour, so I made plain biscuits. Crusty bread would be great as well.
I highly recommend this soup, and I’m definitely going to do more experimenting with fish and saffron. Salmon would work here as well, and you can vary the vegetables. This is a winner in my book, I hope you try it.
Halibut and Saffron Soup
Questions and Reviews
I’m about to taste this soup. I made it for dinner this evening. I’m curious where the tomato paste comes in. You list it in the ingredients. but not in the instructions?
The paste goes right in with the cream Mej.
I bet you do love this soup. It looks fantastic! I love those huge chunks of halibut floating around in the soup.