Soups are considered a very healthy meal in Russia which is why there are so many of them. Ukha is a traditional Russian fish soup that, in addition to the obvious main ingredient, consists of herbs, potatoes, carrots, onions and, less often, other vegetables. Traditional, with catfish, bream or ruff, but you can substitute whatever looks freshest in the supermarket. It is very nutritious, rich and savory.
- Place the fish bones and water in a medium to large saucepan and bring to a boil. Skim off the foam that rises to the surface.
- Add the onions, celery, carrots, peppercorns, parsley, salt and bring to a boil again. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Remove the bones and, if desired, strain by pressing the vegetables to extract all the juices.
- Add the fish pieces and simmer for a further 15 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
- Serve in heated bowls with fresh dill or chopped chives or green onions, if desired. Traditionally, the fish soup was served with mini fish dumplings or mini fish patties.