Smoked Eel and Apple Soup

Rich eel and fresh apple combine in Aiden Byrne's creamy autumnal soup
By Aiden Byrne
Smoked Eel and Apple Soup
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • 100 g shallots, roughly chopped
  • 4 large sprigs thyme
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 3 russet apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 smoked eel, including skin and bones
  • 500 ml hot white chicken stock
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice


1. Gently fry the shallot and thyme in the butter for 2-3 minutes to soften without colouring. Add the apple, stir and cover with a lid. Cook for a further 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cut off the eel head, peel the skin away and remove the flesh from the bone by running a knife down both sides of the backbone. Add the eel head, bone and skin to the apples, cover and cook for another 2 minutes.

3. Chop half of the smoked eel flesh roughly and add this to the pan. Pour in the hot chicken stock and the cream and bring up to the boil. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Season with a little salt.

4. Pick out the head, skin, bones and thyme sprigs and transfer the soup to a blender. Blend until smooth and pass through a sieve. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to freshen the taste and check the seasoning.

5. Dice the remaining smoked eel and put in the bottom of the serving bowls. Ladle over the hot soup and scatter with a little lemon zest.

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