Cypriot cuisine has been influenced through the centuries by the many conquerors.   The most important influence though, came by the ancient Greeks. Since ancient Greeks came to the island, until nowadays, Greek language and Greek civilization and culture are dominant on the island. Most of the Cypriot recipes are similar to the Greek ones but as in many other parts of Greece, there are a few differences in the ingredients used.

Cyprus cuisine has also been influenced by the Persians, the Arabs, the Latins, the Turks, the British, the Armenians and the Maronites and believe me, many more. Some of these recipes are now considered as traditional and Fish Mayonnaise is one of them, which we used to do often when we had buffet dinners.

You have all probably heard of the Greek Mediterranean Diet. Researches have shown over the past forty years that the Greek traditional diet is one of the healthiest of the whole world. Despite our very bad habits, (low physical exercise and too much smoking), Greek men have the highest survival age in Europe (75 years) and women are fifth in Europe (80,3 years).

It has been established that the consumption of olive oil is very healthy as it lowers the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. This is due to the fact that olive oil has high concision of natural antioxidants and nourishing compoments (e.g. polyfenoles, flavonoidi, carrotins etc.).

A correct and balanced nutrition necessarily contains olive oil on a daily basis. The essence and taste, which gives to all foods, is unique. However, let’s not forget that like all oils, olive oil as well, is a fat and must be used in moderation. The oils contain fatty acids, which can be separated in three kinds: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. The animal fats contain mostly saturated fat acids, the seed oils polyunsaturated, while the olive oil contains mostly monounsaturated fat acids up to 83%. The oleic acid, the main component of olive oil, comprises such a monounsaturated fat acid.

As the main source of monounsaturated fat acids, the olive oil helps:

  • The lower of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in blood.
  • The maintenance in the blood of “good” cholesterol (HDL).
  • The good function of the intestine.
  • The prevention of cardiovascular diseases and the protection of the organism from the coronary disease due to the strong antioxidants it contains.
  • The cure of gastric and duodenum ulcer, as it eases the digestion.
  • The decline of the gastric juices.
  • The best immersion of calcium by the organism.
  • The correct metabolism of diabetics and consequently the balance of the diabetes rates.
  • The prevention from cancer.
  • While last but not least … it revitalizes the skin.

The information given above have been translated from the Greek site inCardiology.Gr as well as from Olive oil and I wanted to justify the use of mayonnaise, which is considered by many people as not healthy. I have also drawn and translated the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid where you can see the structure of this diet.

The fish mayonnaise is made by boiling vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and beetroot and fish.  The fish is cleaned from skin and bones and is mixed with some of the vegetables and an olive oil mayonnaise.


During winter I make a soup out of the broth. After removing the fish, I strain the broth to make sure that no bones have remained amd add some extra vegetables.

Both recipes are included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

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19 Comments on Psari Magioneza (Fish with Mayonnaise) and Fish Soup

  1. Corinne says:

    I love learning about the culinary history of different regions and how wars/visitors have influenced the local cuisine…
    The mayonnaise looks wonderful, it reminds me a bit of the herring-salad I eat during the holidays with our German grandfather.

  2. 2x" class="avatar avatar-32 photo avatar-default" height="32" width="32" style="min-width: 32px; max-width: 32px; " orig_min_width="empty" orig_max_width="empty" orig_width="32" >giz says:

    Wow, wow, wow – Ivy – you knocked me over – what an incredible dish and a totally unbelievable presentation. Please don’t tell me this is something you just whipped up while watching a t.v. show or I’ll cry.

    Thank you for your submission to Tried Tested and True 2. Did I happen to say WOW??

  3. Lulu Barbarian says:

    Hi Ivy, I’ve been contemplating a recipe for fish mayonnaise, but I don’t know what one does with it after one makes it. Eat it with bread? Use it as hair conditioner?

  4. 2x" class="avatar avatar-32 photo avatar-default" height="32" width="32" style="min-width: 32px; max-width: 32px; " orig_min_width="empty" orig_max_width="empty" orig_width="32" >Peter G says:

    Is the fish mayonnaise served as a side dish when having it on a buffet? I suppose you spread it on bread etc? Mmmm..I bet it would be nice with potatoes. As for ψαροσουπα thats another Greek favourite…but I let my mother make it as she does a better job with it!

  5. Bellini Valli says:

    The Mediterranean Diet is world renowned. If only we would follow it to the letter we would all be so much healthier. So glad you were able to ener this event sis it is always fun to see what you come up with:D

  6. Ivy says:

    Corine, Giz, Lulu, Peter G and Val you have the Yum Yum Blog award!! Congratulations.

    @ Corinne : Thanks Corinne and I’d love to learn more about the herring-salad.
    @ Giz: Thanks a lot Giz. It means a lot to me to hear this from you. This is a recipe I know since I was a child and my mother used to make it.

    @ Lulu : Hair conditioner? Must try it next time (lol)

    @ Peter: It’s a side dish and it’s just like a shrimp salad or crab salad. As we usually have it as a main dish, that’s why I add the mashed potato inside, so that it is more filling. Peter, at least you you give some credit to your mum.

    @ Val: You are so right. I try as much as I can to follow it BUT where I cannot resist are the desserts. I am so glad I entered the event and met Giz.

  7. 2x" class="avatar avatar-32 photo avatar-default" height="32" width="32" style="min-width: 32px; max-width: 32px; " orig_min_width="empty" orig_max_width="empty" orig_width="32" >Ben says:

    Yup, olive oil is one of the best ingredients we can use in our diets. This mayonnaise looks really good. That would be a great addition to any cuisine.

  8. Ivy says:

    Thanks Ben, it’s nice to see you back.

  9. Bobby says:

    Fish mayo? Hmm interesting, I have never heard of this before! It sounds pretty good… props for posting the unique recipe.

  10. Ivy says:

    Thanks Bobby. That’s what I like from blogging: we alllearn something new everyday.

  11. Cakelaw says:

    Your decoration with the tomato rose is just gorgeous. I am so lazy with food presentation – I am so exhausted after having made it that I just dive in.

  12. Ivy says:

    Cake, sometimes I also don’t bother at all about presentation because after finishing everyone is hungry to eat but as you know we feast with the eyes first … so once in a while I remember this.

  13. Swati: Sugarcraft India says:

    Hey Ivy,
    Love the new profile picture of yours.. You look cool!!
    This method of choosing for the award was a smart one..Really saves the problem of choosing whom to give and whom not to as there are so many that you want to give and are so so deserving!!

  14. Sam Sotiropoulos says:

    My aunt makes this dish and I love it! Good stuff.

  15. Ivy says:

    Swati, thanks. It’s because I’m in the beach mood and as for the awards I believe that the people I chose to be my blogging friends all deserve it and I am not saying this to have everyone pleased.

  16. Ivy says:

    Sam, it’s a bit messy for the person preparing it but those who eat it just love it. Imagine all fish without bones (lol).

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  19. Bishal Adhikary says:

    I remember having this when I was in Europe last year. Its really delicious as it looks in this picture. The mayonnaise adds to the taste of the whole thing.

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