Sancocho de Pescado ( Colombian Fish Soup)

by Erica Dinho on January 28, 2010

Sancocho is a traditional Colombian dish and is prepared many different ways throughout the country. You’ll find fish, peas, beef and chicken, pork and bean Sancocho in Colombia.

Sancocho is a soup made with plantain, yuca, potato, corn, and the meat of your choice, It is a hearty, comforting and delicious dish that is usually served with white rice , salad , aji, lime and avocado on the side. This Sancocho de Pescado is popular on the Coast of Colombia.



(4- 6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds of cod fish fillets
  • 10 cups of fish stock
  • 2 green plantains, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 corn ears
  • 1 pound yuca (cassava), cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon color, sazon goya with azafran or achiote
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large pot, over medium heat, place the olive oil, onions, scallions and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the fish stock, achiote, ground cumin and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the plantains, corn, yuca, salt and pepper. Simmer covered for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Add the fish and chopped cilantro. Cook for 12 minutes and serve with white rice, lime and avocado on the side.
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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mari January 28, 2010 at 8:28 AM

This looks delicious! I love sancocho, but I have never thought of doing it with fish. Looks yummy! This for sharing such wonderful recipes.


2 Shahana January 28, 2010 at 8:39 AM

new to me.will definetly try this


3 Adriana January 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

This sancocho is very popular in the north coast of Colombia. Great recipe Erika…I will definitely try it!


4 Tangled Noodle January 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Yuca and plantains in a soup sound awesome! Soups in the Philippines are considered main courses, full of hearty ingredients and served with rice, but here it’s often seen as a starter or appetizer. Sancocho is just my kind of dish!


5 Erica January 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Thank you guys ;-)


6 Baking is my Zen January 28, 2010 at 1:57 PM

This is so good. I have not had yuca in such a long time. Nice photo.


7 Sandra g January 28, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Loooooove sancocho, but never heard of a fish one, definitely have to try this one! yum!


8 Jhonny Walker January 28, 2010 at 3:27 PM

ah..such a light flavorful soup!


9 Simply Life January 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM

YUM! I would LOVE this!


10 Faith January 28, 2010 at 7:23 PM

This looks so warming and hearty…the perfect comfort food! I love the big, hearty pieces of veggies and fish!


11 Erica January 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


12 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes January 29, 2010 at 1:53 AM

Wow the soup looks so good! I love fish soup. :)


13 Gloria January 29, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Erica que rica se ve esta receta, besoos, gloria


14 Oysterculture January 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Looks wonderful and I cannot wait to give it a try! I hope you do not mind, but I just linked to it in my cumin post. I wanted to give an idea of the wonderful diversity of this spice and your recipe is the perfect addition!


15 Erica January 29, 2010 at 9:11 AM

LouAnn- Thank you so much ;-)


16 Diana January 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM

This looks nice and comforting!


17 monicajane January 30, 2010 at 2:54 PM

I love fish soups of all kinds..this looks great and would be an adventure for me as you use ingredients I don’t use often or at all…

gotta find a source for them! it was easy in CA not so sure about here in NC


18 Selena February 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Thank you,Sancocho looks really yummy and i love Colombian food.


19 leonard February 17, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I love fish soup. I want to eat it already, so that in the photo


20 Anonymous February 17, 2010 at 8:22 PM

It is a dish very delicious!!!!


21 Joanna March 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Thanks for this recipe. I’m from Poland but my ex husband is Colombian. I remember this soup very well – my mother in law used to cook this – was delicious!!! Finally I’ve found the web with my “taste” memories from Chicago – avena, tamales, sancocho, lentejas…. and indispensable “sazon goya
con azafran” con todo :) Too bad that many of the original ingredients (like yuca, platano, cilantro) cannot be found in Poland at any store :(


22 Prontito July 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

If you don’t have fish stock handy, make it by boiling a fish head in water with salt and mild condiments. Drain the head/bones and there you go!


23 maria fernanda salas August 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM

is a recipe that is prepared throughout Colombia, is rich and delicious and easy to prepare, i like corn ,Be encouraged to prepare.


24 Jozef May 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Just made this soap and is very good. Thanks Erica, in Slovakia we have also for every meal soap. You use every time cumin, please try sometimes caraway
seeds, you will be suprise.


25 Karol May 20, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Este sancocho esta muy claro, es sancocho o consome. El sancocho debe ser espesito, pero vas por buen camino erica


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