Polish Fish Soup (Zupa Rybna)


Experience the warmth and comfort of traditional Polish cuisine with this delightful Zupa Rybna, or Polish Fish Soup. This hearty soup is a perfect blend of fresh fish, aromatic vegetables, and fragrant herbs, creating a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the charming fishing villages of Poland. Whether served as a starter or a main course, Zupa Rybna is sure to become a family favorite, offering both nourishment and a taste of Polish heritage.

Polish Fish Soup (Zupa Rybna)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 480mg


  • Fish fillets (such as cod or haddock): 600g (1.3 lbs)
  • Butter: 30g (2 tbsp)
  • Onion: 1 large, finely chopped
  • Carrot: 2 medium, diced
  • Celery: 2 stalks, diced
  • Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
  • Potatoes: 3 medium, peeled and diced
  • Tomato paste: 2 tbsp
  • Fish stock: 1.5 liters (6 cups)
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Allspice berries: 5
  • Salt: to taste
  • Black pepper: to taste
  • Fresh dill: 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
  • Cream (optional): 120ml (1/2 cup)

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Start by finely chopping the onion, dicing the carrots and celery, mincing the garlic, and peeling and dicing the potatoes.
  2. Sauté Vegetables: In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add Potatoes and Tomato Paste: Stir in the diced potatoes and tomato paste, coating the vegetables well.
  4. Simmer: Pour in the fish stock and add the bay leaves and allspice berries. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Add Fish: Cut the fish fillets into bite-sized pieces. Add them to the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Season and Finish: Season the soup with salt, black pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Stir in the fresh dill and, if using, the cream. Let the soup heat through for a couple of minutes.
  7. Serve: Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with additional dill if desired. Serve hot with crusty bread on the side.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Fish Selection: Choose firm, white fish like cod, haddock, or pollock for the best texture and flavor in your soup.
  • Stock: If you don't have fish stock, you can use chicken or vegetable stock as a substitute.
  • Herbs: Fresh dill adds a wonderful flavor to the soup, but you can also experiment with other herbs like parsley or thyme.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use frozen fish for this recipe?

  • A: Yes, you can use frozen fish. Just make sure to thaw it completely before adding it to the soup.

Q: How can I make this soup dairy-free?

  • A: Simply omit the cream or substitute it with a plant-based cream alternative.

Q: Can I prepare this soup in advance?

  • A: Yes, Zupa Rybna can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove before serving.

Q: What can I serve with this soup?

  • A: This soup pairs wonderfully with a slice of rye bread or a simple green salad.

Indulge in the rich flavors and comforting warmth of Polish Fish Soup, a dish that not only satisfies the taste buds but also brings a piece of Polish culinary tradition to your table. Perfect for a cozy family meal or an impressive starter for guests, this Zupa Rybna will surely become a cherished recipe in your home. Smacznego!