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What Are the Best Tips for Making Seafood Soup?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 23 September 2017
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Cooks should not be afraid to experiment with seafood soup to create new flavors. It is best to always make soups using a seafood stock and to use herbs to enhance the flavor further. To make soups heavier, it is a good idea to add a roux. Although it can make the task of soup making more labor intensive, it is important to add ingredients according to their required cooking time.

Items from the sea are often described as having a delicate flavor, which leads individuals to limit the ingredients that they use when preparing them. For example, spicy peppers may be prematurely crossed off an ingredient list. This can be a grave mistake because tomato and spicy peppers can make a delicious soup that is especially welcome during cold weather.

One of the benefits of seafood soup is that there are numerous ways that it can be prepared. Different ingredients can be added or omitted, and individuals are generally encouraged to experiment. One item that people are often hesitant to add is fish because they assume that it will contribute an overpowering fishy flavor. To enjoy fish in the soup without experiencing this problem, a cook should try mild varieties, such as mahi-mahi or flounder.

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To enhance the seafood flavor, it is a good idea to make a stock. A stock is basically flavored water that is used as the soup's base. It is made by simmering the items whose taste is desired. Items that are recommended for seafood soups include shrimp, crab, or crawfish shells.

Another way to enhance the flavor of seafood soup is by adding herbs. Parsley, tarragon, and bay leaves are three that have a reputation for working well with seafood. Lemon can also prove to be an asset to the soup, as it tends to add an impressive degree of robustness and freshness.

For a heavy seafood soup, it is best to add a roux, which is a thickener. A roux is a simple combination involving two ingredients, fat and flour. Whether butter or oil is used is a matter of preference and tends to have little effect on the outcome. The ingredients are mixed over heat until they form somewhat of a paste that can be added to the broth. The amount added will determine the thickness.

There are generally numerous types of foods that go into a seafood soup. For the best outcome, it is important for each item to be added at the appropriate time. For example, dense seafood should be added first. If care is not taken in this regard, it is very likely that the soup will contain both overcooked and undercooked ingredients. Individuals who plan to add rice and pasta to their soup may want to cook these items separately and add them near completion or once the soup is finished cooking.

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