Rating: 3.68 stars
66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3

Chunks of tilapia are added to this traditional tomato-based soup in the final minutes of simmering. The fish cooks quickly, without breaking apart.

Everyday Food, January/February 2006

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large 5-quart pot or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-low heat until browned and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon off and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat. Add onion and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juice (breaking tomatoes up with a spoon), clam juice, and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil.

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  • Add potatoes and thyme; reduce heat to simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender, but not falling apart, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Add tilapia; cover, and cook until opaque and flaky, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. With a ladle, spoon solids and liquid into 6 soup bowls; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Tilapia fillets have one thick side and one thinner side. To cut tilapia, halve the fillets along the center line before cutting them into chunks.

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Reviews (5)

66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 19
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
01/21/2015
Love this Soup! I use a pound and a half of Halibut instead of Tilapia and add a cup of fresh summer corn -
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11/28/2010
I don't like tilapia because it's a garbage fish (farm-raised in nasty conditions). Substitute any white fish, even a can of high-quality salmon, the kind with just meat, no bones. I'm sure Martha would never use tilapia for herself.
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09/29/2010
I don't care for clam juice and it is just expensive, so I use chicken broth. Instead of a pound of Tilapia, I prefer to use a small can of lump crapmeat and few shrimp and some flash frozen Pollock. About 6 oz of each of the three.
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Rating: Unrated
06/17/2010
Awesome recipe. I like to use unpeeled red skin potatoes or white beans in place of the peeled baking potatoes. Thick-cut bacon works best, and it's great with Tabasco!
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03/30/2008
This dish tasted so wonderful and was perfect to serve on a colder day along with toasted italian bread. We love to eat tilapia, and now I have another great recipe I can make with the leftovers from the night before.