Monday, November 29, 2010

Quick & Easy Bouillabaisse

I'm done with turkey. Tonight I wanted to make something that was the opposite. In a matter of minutes, I made the base for Bouillabaisse, then when my husband got home I tossed the fish & shellfish in so we could sit down to a relaxed dinner with his parents. He asked what the secret ingredient was this might have been this aioli? Everyone got a dollop tonight because we can't just go from decadence to healthy in one fell swoop this week...

Bouillabaisse (a.k.a. Hearty Fish Stew)
Makes 8 servings
(can always half or quarter this recipe)
olive oil
1 onion, chopped
6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
1 fennel bulb, chopped
6 stalks of celery, chopped
zest of 1 orange
1 bottle white wine
32 oz can crushed tomatoes
32 oz diced tomatoes
3-4 lbs fish & shellfish*
aioli (optional)
crusty bread + stinky cheese (optional)

* tonight I used a combination of shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, and halibut

In a large stock pot, saute the onions, garlic, fennel and celery in a bit of olive oil. Add orange zest and white wine and boil until wine is reduced by about half. Add fresh thyme and parsley and contents of both cans of tomatoes-- chopped and crushed (not drained). Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste. At this point, you can turn the heat off and just let the pot sit covered until a few minutes before you are ready to eat...

When ready to eat, bring the contents of the pot back up to a heavy simmer and add the fish & shellfish. Let cook for about 8 minutes, or until fish is cooked through and shells have opened. (Discard any mussels or clams that do not open).

Ladle a few chunks of fish and a few scallops, shrimp, clams and mussels into each bowl, with some of the aromatic broth. My husband is convinced that the dollop of aioli made this out of this world tonight. Perfect served with some a crusty bread for dipping.


  1. I found this via Google several months ago and it came out AMAZING. It is now my go-to bouillabaisse.
    Question: I did not know what to do with the fennel tops.

  2. so glad you enjoy it! the tops are very "licorice-y", too much of a strong taste for my kids, so we end up tossing the tops in most cases. but, you could make a tea of them, add them to a veggie soup, etc!


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