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Catfish Soup

Photo by Lynne Calamia
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups dashi
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced galangal or ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 pound U.S. farm-raised catfish fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 14 fluid ounces coconut milk


  • Bring the dashi to a simmer in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the lemongrass, galangal, cilantro, habanero, fish sauce, and lime juice and bring the liquid to a simmer. Add the catfish and the coconut milk and cook until the fish is just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, ladle into soup bowls, and serve immediately.