Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pineapple Seafood Soup

A few people asked for the recipe to the Pineapple Seafood Soup I posted on Instagram a week ago. Sorry it is taking so long to get up. My mom was staying with us and when someone stays with me it always takes me a few days to adjust back to my regular schedule, cleaning and getting the house in order.

This Pineapple soup my mom made is usually made with just fish. That is the traditional way the Vietnamese make it. Another name for it is Sweet and Sour Soup. When we went to the fish market to buy fish they had clams and I thought oohhh that would be yummy. So we decided to get some and then my mom thought of adding shrimp too. Of course I said sure! I love seafood not only for the taste but for the health benefits especially in fish. It has so much omega fatty acids that is so good for the development of the brain. Very crucial for growing children. If you don't like fish I always recommend taking fish supplements. My kids love Nordic Naturals. They are DHA supplements that are flavored my kids chew away. For adults any DHA/Omega supplements are great. On to the recipe.

Here is the soup. I ended up making some pineapple salsa with the leftover Pineapple.

2 fish filets, catfish is preferred, we used one catfish and one red drum. Any kind of white fish
2 jalapenos
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
Dozen Clams
1 lb shrimp
2 garlic cloves diced(my mom doesn't use garlic but when I make it I do)
Half fresh Pineapple cut in chunks
2 cup Bean Sprouts
Fish sauce

Cilantro chopped
Green onions chopped
Fish Mint chopped
Basil chopped
Lemon wedges

1-2 packages Rice Vermicelli Noodles, picture here cooked

Place fish in 5 quart pot. Fill with water. Boil fish on low remove all of the foam.When all the foam is gone add jalapenos,tamarind paste. When fish is done take it out of the pot. In a pan drizzle with oil to cover pan and cook garlic until all sides are brown. You will think your burning it but this gives the soup the best flavor. When the garlic is brown add some broth to the pan of garlic then pour into the pot of soup.Add clams,shrimp and pineapple.Cook until done.Drizzle some fish sauce in. After a few minutes taste it to see is it is salty enough. You can also add some salt too.Turn off the stove then add bean sprouts. You want these to just wilt not cook. Serve over noodles and top with fresh herbs and lemon juice

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