Simplified bouillabaisse

A beautiful, traditional Provençal fish stew that I never become tired of.


Difficulty: Hard

Time: 60 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 725 / Protein 73g / Carbohydr. 57g / Fat 22g

Ingredients (4 servings)

1 kgassorted Mediterranean fish or comparable substitute (e.g. red mullet, monkfish, scorpionfish, red snapper, tilapia, cod)
1 kgmussels
400 gshrimp (or assorted shellfish and/or mollusks)
1 springrosemary
1 bunchparsley
6 clovesgarlic
4 stalkscelery
300 gtomatoes
400 gpotatoes
1 bulbfennel
1bell pepper
4bay leaves
150 gtomato paste
1 tspsaffron
1 tspall spice
250 mlwhite wine
30 gwhole peeled tomatoes
200 mlfish stock
1lemon (zest and juice)
vegetable oil for frying


large saucepan, large frying pan, fine grater, food mill, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

Vermentino is a great addition to bouillabaisse. The wine’s mild fruit aroma and gentle acidity complement the bold flavors of the dish.

Step 1

Simplified bouillabaisse

Peel onion and finely dice. Cut peel off orange and cut orange in half. Roughly chop rosemary and parsley. Mince chili and half of garlic. Cut half of celery, tomatoes, and carrots and all of potatoes, fennel, and bell pepper into bite-sized pieces.

cutting board, knife

1 onion / 1 orange / 1 spring rosemary / 1 bunch parsley / 1 chili / 3 cloves garlic / 2 stalks celery / 100 g tomatoes / 2 carrots / 400 g potatoes / 1 bulb fennel / 1 bell pepper

Step 2

Simplified bouillabaisse

Peel and devein shrimp. Fillet fish and cut into large pieces. Set aside one quarter of both the shrimp and fish for garnish.

400 g shrimp / 1 kg fish

Step 3

Simplified bouillabaisse

Cover mussels in cold water and set in fridge for approx. 20 min. Mince rest of garlic. Julienne shallots. Cut remainder of tomatoes, carrots, and celery into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

1 kg mussels / 3 cloves garlic / 3 shallots / 100 g tomatoes / 2 carrots / 2 stalks celery

Step 4

Simplified bouillabaisse

Heat up some vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add most of shrimp and fish, and some more vegetable oil. Season with salt. Add half of garlic, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and bay leaves and all of the fennel, tomato paste, saffron, all spice, some of the white wine, peeled tomatoes, rosemary, orange peel, lemon zest, and fish stock. Allow to cook for approx. 10 – 15 min.

large saucepan, fine grater

300 g shrimp / 750 g fish / 2 bay leaves / 150 g tomato paste / 1 tsp saffron / 1 tsp all spice / 50 ml white wine / 30 g peeled tomatoes / 200 ml fish stock / vegetable oil for frying

Step 5

Simplified bouillabaisse

Place a food mill on top of a separate large saucepan. Ladle thicker pieces of soup into food mill and press to remove liquid.

large saucepan, food mill

Step 6

Simplified bouillabaisse

Heat up some vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add remainder of shrimp and fish from step 2 to pan and sauté for approx. 5 – 7 min. until opaque. Set aside.

large frying pan

100 g shrimp / 250 g fish / vegetable oil for frying

Step 7

Simplified bouillabaisse

Drain water from mussels. In a separate large saucepan, heat up some vegetable oil over medium heat. Add shallots and remainder of tomatoes, garlic, carrots, and celery. Sauté for approx. 5 – 7 min. Then, add rest of bay leaves and parsley, mussels, lemon juice, and remainder of white wine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a low boil and cover pan for approx. 10 – 12 min. or until mussels are fully open. Ladle bouillabaisse into a bowl. Garnish with shrimp and/or fish, freshly chopped parsley, and mussels. Enjoy!

large saucepan

2 bay leaves / 0.5 bunch parsley / 1 ml white wine / salt / pepper