Spicy Tuesday – South American Inspired Seafood Soup – Oregano
Its Soup time! We’re rolling into the soup season of fall. And there’s nothing like a fabulous recipe filled with seafood, herbs and spices to make us all want to get in the kitchen and cook.
This recipe is perfect for a festive dinner with family and friends. Instead of using heavy cream to make the soup rich and luscious – we are using coconut milk! We use two of our favorite herbs in this soup, oregano in its dried form, and fresh cilantro.
Dried oregano has many anti-inflammatory properties including altering cell cycle in the body and making cancer cells kill themselves (apoptosis). The herb also helps with GI issues and has many health claims because of its antioxidant rosmarinic acid. Now cilantro also has health benefits so it is a win-win in this recipe! The leaves and stem tips are rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids. The most important being quercetin, which is an anti-inflammatory.
South American Inspired Seafood Soup
2 Cups Coconut Milk
1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 TB Olive Oil
1 Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
½ Tsp Sea Salt
¼ Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes (15 oz) or 6 Roma Tomatoes
2 LB Tilapia or other white fish, cut in 2” Pieces
1 LB Medium Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
Juice of 2 Lemons
¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro Leaves
Heat the oil in a large sauté pan. Add the onion and red pepper and sauté over medium heat until softened, about 1 minute. Add the Coconut Milk, oregano, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil and then simmer over low heat about 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes to the soup, and simmer until warm. Stir in the fish and cook for 5 minutes – then add the shrimp and simmer until the shrimp is just cooked through. Add the lemon juice, Taste for salt and pepper. Serve garnished with cilantro.