Mediterranean Food

Aljotta: A Delicious Maltese Fish Soup

To fish lovers worldwide, Mediterranean food is the epitome of heaven!

As with any Mediterranean country, Maltese cuisine also consists of various fish dishes. Try our Aljotta recipe, a savoury fish soup from the island of Malta. It’s one of the easiest fish soup recipes you’ll come across.

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Mediterranean Food: Aljotta Recipe


2 large onions

10 cloves of garlic

3 tomatoes (peeled and chopped)

1 teaspoon of tomato paste

Olive Oil

1 lemon

Half Cup of Rice

Head, tail and fins of a large fish (e.g. grouper) or about 6 whole small fish (e.g. damsel fish or scorpion fish)

A handful of dried (or fresh) mint and marjoram Salt


Chop up the onions and fry them slowly in oil. Add the garlic, mint and marjoram, tomatoes and the tomato paste diluted in a cup of warm water. Cook slowly for 10 minutes.

Put in the fish (clean fish very well). Cover just with water, season with salt and cook for half an hour.

Remove the fish, keep any edible flesh for the soup and discard of the rest. Add more marjoram and serve with lemon wedges.

Towards the end of cooking time, you can also add half a cup of rice (optional). It will make the soup absolutely delicious!

Note: The fish mentioned in the ingredients can easily be substituted with any type of fish from your region. This soup is not meant to be thick with fish though, it’s more of a savoury fish broth.

And voila!

That’s all it takes to make Aljotta …. We hope that you will experience a little piece of Malta and try this delicious fish soup for yourself :)

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