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Trout Soup

Prep Time

10 min

Cooking Time

1.5 hours





  • 2 freshwater trouts, insides removed, but leave head and bones intact

  • carrots, equal in volume to trout, cut in matchsticks

  • water, to cover ingredients (2 inches above)

  • 2 tsp light sesame oil, for sautéing carrots

  • ½ to 1 Tbsp barley miso per cup of water

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger, for garnish

  • ¼ to ½ cup scallion, finely chopped, for garnish


  1. Cut the trout in large chunks. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Saute the carrot for 2 to 3 minutes. Place the trout on top of the carrot and add enough cold water so that it's about 2 inches above the ingredients. Cover, place over a high flame, and bring up to pressure. Reduce the flame to medium-low and cook for 60 minutes. The bones should become soft.

  2. Remove from the flame and let the pressure come down. Remove the lid and place back on the stove over a low flame. Add the pureed miso and simmer, without boiling, for 5 minutes or so. 

  3. Place in serving bowls and garnish with 1/4 teaspoon ginger and 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped scallion.


Michio and Aveline Kushi

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