Greek Bouillabaisse

Kakavia - Greek fisherman's soup  is a classic Greek dish and it is also known as "Psarosoupa" or a fish soup. Kakavia also gets it's name from the pot in which it's cooked in, the "kakavi". Traditionally made with the catch of the day, the selection of fish and seafood can be changed with the seasons, as long as the fish are fairly small and suitable for boiling.


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  • 1 very good eating fish, approx. 1.3 kg
  • 1.3 kg various small rock fish
  • 600 gr white bait
  • 300 gr prawns or crab
  • 300 gr onion
  • 300 gr tomato
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 lemons
  • 150 ml olive oil
  • bay leaf
  • celery
  • carrots
  • salt, pepper


Scale the large fish, clean it, salt lightly and put aside.

Place onions and carrots in a large pot and bring to the boil; cook for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat, allow the water to cool slightly and then add tomato, celery, rockfish and white bait.

Boil for a further 30 minutes till all the ingredients become very soft. The smaller fish will form a pulp.

Pass the vegetables through a strainer over the pot so that the extract ends up in the stock.

Strain the fish pulp through a muslin bag and squeeze well to get the fullest possible flavor.

Finally, strain all the resultant stock, return to heat, add the large fish, prawns or crabs and the olive oil.

Squeeze the lemons and add the juice to the stock.

Add the bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a further 15 minutes. Do not remove from heat just yet.

Carefully remove the fish from the stock and add the eggs, unbeaten.

Pour the soup into serving bowls placing one egg in each.

Before adding the crabs, grill slightly. This will add the aroma of grilled seafood to the stock. It’s also possible to add some sea greens (only those that can be eaten raw) and 2 or 3 tablespoons of sea water.


Cleaning the fish in the sea, always gives an incredible aroma
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