Here’s another almost spartan, but fresh, healthy and tasty recipe from the Mount Athos monks.

Mount Athos Fish Soup


  • 1.5kg fresh white fish (rockfish, cod, monkfish, haddock)
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 handful dill, finely chopped
  • Sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Olive oil


  1. Put the fish in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Skim off the foam that gathers on the top.
  2. Fry the potatoes, onion and carrot in olive oil until the pan has boiled.
  3. Add the vegetables (plus oil from the frying pan) and salt to the fish and simmer for fifteen minutes.
  4. Add the lemon juice, parsley, dill and cumin and simmer for another five minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Source: The Mount Athos Plan, published in The Observer newspaper