November 7, 2023
Provençal Fish Stew
“With its origins in Marseille and the surrounding region, this dish is inspired by a classic bouillabaisse. Fishermen have a great talent for creating delicious, hearty meals with their leftover catch, and this stew is no exception.
Pay special attention to the thicknesses of the various fish and add them to the broth in the according order—the thick- er the fish, the more cooking time it needs. For a fresh anise flavor and to tip your hat to a true bouillabaisse, add another splash of Pernod right before serving.” – Eric Ripert
Yield: Serves 4
- In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, leeks, fennel, and saffron. Cook until the vegetables start to turn translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Add the Pernod and simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for an additional 2 minutes. Add 6 cups water and season with sea salt and white pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes to infuse the flavors and then reduce the liquid slightly. Strain the broth into a large sauté pan and discard the vegetables. Set on the stove and keep warm.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the potatoes with water to cover by 1 inch. Season with sea salt and white pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are easily pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes. Drain. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, carefully peel them. Halve the potatoes, then cut each half lengthwise into 4 wedges. Set aside.
- To serve, bring the broth back to a simmer. Season all the fish with sea salt and white pepper, then gently warm the fillets in the broth for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and potatoes and cook until a metal skewer inserted into the thickest part of the fish for 5 seconds feels warm when touched to your wrist, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
- Divide the fish, shrimp, and potatoes evenly among four soup bowls and pour hot broth over the top. Garnish with fennel fronds, if using, and serve immediately.
Excerpted from Seafood Simple by Eric Ripert. © 2023 by Eric Ripert. Photographs by Nigel Parry. Published by Appetite, by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved