Romanian Sour Fish Soup is a traditional recipe flavored with lemon juice and or a little bit of vinegar from southern part of Romania. This type of a wide range of soups with a characteristic sour taste are usually including in the category ciorbă.

Sour Fish Soup

Romanian Sour Fish Soup is a basic traditional recipe flavored with lemon juice and or a little bit of vinegar.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Romania
Keyword: fish
Servings: 6


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 2 celery sticks chopped
  • 16 oz fish
  • ½ large red yellow or orange pepper
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 8 cup water
  • 1 bunch of chopped parsley
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Use a large pot to heat the oil over medium heat.
  • On a cutting board with sharp knife chop the onion, bell pepper, carrot, celery, add them to the pot and saute for a few minutes.
  • Then add water to the pot, cover it and cook for about 20 mins.
  • Season with pepper and salt to taste.
  • Take the fish and cut in cubes on the cutting board and transfer to the soup.
  • Simmer the soup for 10 minutes and add the juice of 1 lemon.
  • Last step is to chop the fresh parsley and add it.

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