A Love Affair With Peruvian Fish Stew

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We first met in Cajamarca, Northern Peru.  I was sitting in a restaurant waiting for my lunch and had no idea that I was about to be swept away.

But the encounter was brief and I went back to Ecuador for Christmas quickly forgetting how smitten I was that day.

When I arrived in Lima, I had no idea I would find my love again.

At another restaurant no less!

What were the chances that when I looked up to the menu board that my love would be there right in front of me.

And all those feelings rushed back – the warmth and sweetness of our first encounter.

Peruvian fish soup called sudado in a white bowl.

And in the perfect cinematic moment the wind swept through my hair and whispered my first love’s name – Sudado

I’d love to tell you the story of some hot Latino lover but I have something better. I have a recipe.

Sudado is a peruvian fish soup

How to Make Sudado

Sudado is a simple fish stew with tomato, red onion and chiles is very typical of northern Peru cuisine.

In Cajamarca a whole fish was in the stew and it was up to me to de-bone it but here in Lima it was a sleek boneless filet.

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Although a bit more refined the tart tanginess of the soup remained and as tradition requires boiled yuca and rice was served along the side.

The flavours remind me of a classic Spanish influences but the intense limey tang brings depth that really makes this an outstanding dish.

Peruvian fish soup called sudado in a white bowl.

Peruvian Fish Soup

Yield: 4-6 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sudado is a Peruvian fish stew or soup found in northern Peru. It can be quite rustic or refined. It's always easy to make.


  • 2 lbs fish fillet, boneless skinless mild-flavoured
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 picked peppers sliced. If not in Peru use pepperoncini
  • 4 chiles seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic mashed to a paste
  • 1 medium red onion halved and cut into 1/2ā€³ slices
  • 2 large plum tomatoes cored, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano lightly toasted


  1. In a large bowl marinate the fish in lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  2. Purée the chopped chiles and 1/3 cup water in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Carefully add pureed chiles and cook for 2 minutes. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add fish and marinade along with 1 cup hot water, and stir liquid gently to combine. Top filets evenly with remaining chiles and tomatoes and sprinkle with oregano.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until fish is cooked, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Place fish in individual bowls and top with liquid.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 1099mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 39g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. Camels & Chocolate says:

    Take out the fish and that looks DELICIOUS. (Disclaimer: I like most fish, but something about eating them in my soup is just not OK by me.)

    Food is a much more reliable affair than a man–don’t ever forget that =)

  2. I can’t believe this. I came here expecting SCANDAL and you gave me soup.
    So. Not. Cool.

  3. People who complain that this is not as good as a hot Latin lover obviously have not had this soup.

  4. That sounded like a steamy affair. Thanks for the recipe, it looks pretty tasty.

  5. Hahaha well sucked in! I’m gonna rock the boat here, I always do with this declaration- I hate onions.

    I know. I know, it’s not an easy situation for me, but everything else looked pretty loveable to me.

  6. Cathy Sweeney says:

    The recipe and photo look really good, but…. I do think that a hot Latino lover might possibly be better.

  7. Your new lover sounds (and looks!) delicious!

  8. turkey's for life says:

    That soup looks better than any love of the human variety! šŸ™‚
    I love fish in soups so will have to give this a go.

  9. Soup > Steamy Latino Lover


  10. Thomas - IT Blog says:

    Amazing what a title can do for a blogpost. Think you fooled a couple of people with that. You did for sure fooled me šŸ™‚

  11. Sudado literally means “sweated”. How hot was it? Did you break out into a sweat or was it a mild tingly sensation?

  12. You are such a dork!

  13. Ok I will give you points for the cleverness of the post, but damn I wanted to hear something hot and juicy!!!

  14. Coming from someone who met a hot Latin lover the first day I arrived in Quito (although I had no intentions of having any romantic activities for this entire year of travel), soup will NEVER be better.

    You are such a tease. I was really hoping for something steamy (and not steam coming off of hot soup). But I will admit, I’m not ready to write about my Latin lover, so I won’t fault you.

  15. Oh, you had me going! I thought it would be the guy from your previous post, I can’t remember his name… Andres? Good one.

  16. Only you could have a romance with soup…

  17. Deb’s blog was really me…..

  18. Matt | YearAroundTheWorld says:

    Who made the first move?

  19. Soup? BORING!!!! LOL – well played though!! Well played.

  20. Hahaha! I smelled a setup, but I was totally willing to be reeled in anyway. Good one, Ayngelina!

  21. Erp! “One,” not “on.” Feh.

  22. I’m in love!!!!!

  23. Your lead-in story was as delicious as the soup.

  24. Wow, this seems like a great recipe. I bet I could even make the sauce to use over veggies. I was thinking I wanted something just like this tonight but couldn’t make it correctly and instead had masala on my veggies. I’m def. gonna give this one a try šŸ™‚

  25. I still have to taste the sudado. I have tasted the saltado, aji de gallina, chupe and seco de cordero. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  26. Chris - The Aussie Nomad says:

    Such a tease Ayngelina

  27. I can’t wait to try this recipe using freshly caught Lake Huron whitefish this summer. Cooked on a picnic table outside my motel room using my portable stove, as the sun goes down after another amazing Canadian day. To a South American, this would be exotic!

  28. DTravelsRound says:

    So NOT what I expected! But, yum!!

  29. Aaron @ Aaron's Worldwide Adventures says:

    Sounds tasty! Always good to have a love affair wtih a hot, sreaming bowl of soup!

  30. Migrationology says:

    A wonderful thing to fall in love with! The thought of those fresh ingredients stewed together is making my mouth water. All “fish” and especially variations of fish curry, it one of my favorite dishes in the world!

  31. iamthewitch says:

    I love tomato soup! Everything about it is so warming and cozy!

  32. Latin Hostel Guide says:

    I can’t wait to get back to Peru for the Alpaca and Guinea Pig!! Bet most of you have never heard of these Peruvian delicacies.

  33. Sofia - As We Travel says:

    “Iā€™d love to tell you the story of some hot Latino lover but I have something better. I have a recipe” – Haha!!

  34. Mary @ Travel To Sun says:

    DELICIOUS! Oh, and the soup too! :))

  35. I am starting to know you. I totally knew this would be about food from the title, just like most of my own love affairs.

  36. Justin Hamlin says:

    You tease!

    Sounds like a great recipe, will definitely need to save this one for future use.

  37. Reading all the comments above, my vote goes for the soup, much more dependable than a hot Latin lover, although perhaps not as much fun šŸ™‚

  38. You got me good at this post=)Thanks for the recipe:)

  39. Ahh, good way to bait our attention. šŸ™‚ Pic and recipe of Sudado soup look delish!!

  40. i agree with ur sister…

  41. Brooke vs. the World says:

    I wanted scandal. šŸ™ Fish soup is not something I can get swept away with hehe.

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  43. Gorilla Safaris in Uganda says:

    Sudado for a moment sounded like some human being. Well written. This makes me want to seek for and taste this Sudado. I hope i can get to Peru at some point.

  44. Lauren Fritsky says:

    Looks and sounds amazing, and I love the way you wrote it!

  45. Just made the recipe exactly as written (with haddock) and it was WONDERFUL!!

  46. I don’t eat fish so I’m going to have to vote for a Latino lover for your next love affair post!

  47. Ffion @ Chocolate and Raspberries says:

    Reading about a hot love affair would of been riveting, but I’d choose food over a man any day of the week šŸ˜›
    I might try and recreate this, it contains flavourful ingredients and looks pretty healthy!

  48. Ugh! Trick! I was hoping for some kind of scandal as well! hehe

  49. Seantonio says:

    It was my first night in Paracas, at a beachfront cafe, that I first fell in love w/sudado. My girlfriend and her mom sat across from me…jacketry ensued.

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