A steaming bowl of Bacalao Soup is a spicy, fragrant codfish broth that is the perfect starter to a traditional Christmas meal in Costa Rica. Though Bacalao Soup is a first-course during Christmas, it is also served year-round in Costa Rica, usually as the main dish. Given how Costa Rica is known for fresh seafood, it is strange how a fish from Norway made it to these tables. Maybe that is why it’s not on the menu at Blue River Resort & Hot Springs which is at the base of Rincon de la Vieja volcano, in a rain forest with hot springs and blue rivers; far from northern oceans. However, Chef Jorvis may surprise us on Christmas Eve at the hotel’s Tiki Bar & Restaurant. He always has a special menu over Christmas and on New Year’s Eve.
Due to our the curiosity as to why cod became popular in Costa Rica, an additional section is added after the recipe on “Codfish History”.