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Fragrant Fish Soup

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Total Time: 40 mins

Fragrant Fish Soup

Lemony rice, delicately flavored broth and gently poached tilapia are topped with a colorful blend of vegetables and herbs. The aromatic mint provides fresh and complex flavor.


  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 zest and juice of lemon
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets or other firm white fish
  • 4 cups bite-size pieces arugula or watercress, tough stems removed (about 1 bunch)
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup very thinly sliced fresh mint
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped


Step 1
Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in lemon zest and juice.
Step 2
Meanwhile, bring broth to a simmer in another medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat so the broth remains steaming, but not simmering. Add fish and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove and break into bite-size chunks.
Step 3
Divide the lemony rice among 4 bowls. Top with equal portions of the fish, arugula (or watercress), carrot, mint and scallions. Ladle 1 cup of the warm broth into each bowl and serve.

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