Calliope's Real Greek Food

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Fish soup from the Cyclades islands

{kykladitiki kakavia}


This is the traditional soup of the Greek fishermen of the Aegean Sea. They usually make it on board after the day’s hard work and use all the fish that are not presentable for selling on market. Their secret is to add some seawater in the recipe! It is cooked in many variations depending on the seasonal vegetables and the catch of the day (cleaned but not fileted).


Preparation Method

  1. Place all vegetables in a large pot
  2. Place the fish on top of the vegetables
  3. Pour the olive oil and enough water to cover all the ingredients
  4. Season and boil until fish & vegetables are soft; do not cover the pot
  5. To serve, place the fish on a large plate with vegetables and keep the broth separate in individual bowls. Alternatively, blend all vegetables with the broth and keep the fish on a large plate


-       4 large onions, chopped

-       2 cups extra virgin olive oil

-       2 whole zucchinis

-       2 potatoes cut in 4 pieces

-       2 whole carrots

-       2 whole tomatoes

-       4 celery stalks

-       1/3 cup red wine vinegar

-       2 pounds of fish for soup (you may add shrimp or crab)

-       salt & pepper

-       lemon



Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 – 45 minutes

Serves: 6