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How to Make Shark Fin Soup - the Best Sharks Video on the Net

Updated on December 3, 2012
shark fin soup
shark fin soup

You can't make shark fin soup without a shark's fin or two.

That is the most vital ingredient in shark fin soup. It is also almost completely tasteless; that is why a chicken stock cube is added. In fact, without the shark's fin, you just have a delicious vegetable soup to which you could add noodles, or pasta to make up for the lack of shark's fin.

All good recipes list the ingredients, so here we go.

You will need:

  • a shark's fin
  • 3 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 1 root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 Chinese mushrooms, soaked and sliced
  • 1 Spring onion, finely chopped
  • 2 litres of chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine
  • 220g of chicken meat, finely shredded
  • 220g of prawns
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornflour.


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy based saucepan
  2. Add the vegetables and the rice wine
  3. Let it cook for a few minutes, then add in half the stock
  4. Stir in the shark's fin........................


Watch the video below - how I got my shark's fin.

How I got my shark's fin

shark fin
shark fin


Now I have my fin, and enough to fill the freezer. Where was I...? Oh yes.

4. Stir in the shark's fin and simmer for 8 minutes.

5. Add in the chicken, prawns, soy sauce and cornflour, and the rest of the stock.

6. Bring back to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve in bowls, yum! I can't wait for this!


So there you go! All that work for nothing. I could have just missed out the shark fin, and had a delicious soup.

Why didn't I think of that?


Shark's fin soup is served only for cultural reasons. In Asia, the serving of shark fin's soup is the ultimate sign of wealth. It is nor served for enjoyment, but for it stands for.

Millions of sharks die each year, only to make a soup that is not even enjoyed.


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    • IzzyM profile image

      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      You're welcome Sally :) Now you need to go along to your local Chinese restaurant and ask them to take it off the menu. It's all about supply and demand, unfortunately.

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      You really got me interested with this one. First, I don't know anything about shark fin soup...never had it, and although it's an item on my favorite Chinese restaurant's menu, it never occurred to me to order it (I have no experience with sharks or shark fins or shark meat).

      What I didn't know was how the fins are harvested. I was interested in "The Best Sharks Video on the Net" part of the title, and that's why I read it. What an education I got. TY, Izzy.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      I'm not very good at titles. Over on Facebook its had comments too from people who obviously haven't seen past the title. If anyone can think of a better one, let me know. Meanwhile I will need to think again because I didn't mean to mislead.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Izzy, I watched a documentary on these poor helpless sharks and when I saw the title of your hub I could not believe what I was reading. After reading it I am so glad to see the title was indeed misleading and I agree with Bee and Jeff.

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      Jeff Berndt 6 years ago from Southeast Michigan

      I have to admit that when I saw the title, I was all set to come here and yell at the writer for promoting the eating of shark's fin soup. I'm pleased to discover that you're not promoting this at all, but pointing out the barbaric and wasteful nature of fin harvesting.

      Good on you. Voted up.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks Bee :) This is probably one of the shortest hubs I've ever published, but its to the point! I would love it if you shared it with Greenpeace or any other body that may be interested. I feel a bit odd doing self-promotion.

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      Beryl Dingemans 6 years ago from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      Wow! Great angle - it really got my attention being an ex-Greenpeace employee. Please send your recipe to them. Thank you for sharing!