Easy Bouillabaisse

by zesty on April 4, 2011 · 3 comments

It’s a new day! A new week!  And guess what?  The sun is out.  Whooo Hoooo.  Ok Ok enough of me being silly I have something very fun to share with you today.  A simple recipe that will warm you from the inside out with packs of flavor.  It always seems the simple things in the kitchen taste the best.

I mean you look at this dish, a few aromatic choices, some seafood and some fresh herbs and you have yourself a yummy appetizer, main course or for me – maybe just a snack when you are starving.


  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped shallots or onion
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 Plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Bottle clam juice
  • 1/2 Cup white wine or water
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 lb Mussels ( scrubbed)
  • 1/2 lb halibut or cod ( cubed )
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil with butter over medium heat; cook shallots and bay leaf, stirring often until shallots are softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, garlic and salt and cook for another minute
  3. Stir in clam juice, wine and 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and cover for 10 minutes.
  5. Add mussels and halibut; cover and cook until mussels open and halibut flakes easily to the touch; about 6 minutes.
  6. Discard bay leaf and any mussels that did not open
  7. Stir in parsley.
  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: This will work with any of your favorite seafood.  Mix it up with whatever is on sale and experiment.  You can also feel free to add more flavors but I find less is more with this dish and the plum tomatoes are a really nice addition.

Ok, I am off to work and the start of another week.  Have a great Monday and let me know if there is anything that you want me to post about or try in my kitchen.  I am always up for new adventures.

Take care


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary (what's cookin' with mary)

This recipe sounds outstanding ! I’ve never cooked with mussels… but you make it look easy. Perhaps this will be on the menu for next week!


2 francesca @ oral hcg

Wow, this is an interesting recipe you’ve got here! :) Mussels are really great, they also have healthy benefits too!


3 Danica

Do you know that picture totally looks like it is out of a Food Magazine like Bon Au Petit or something……I don’t even like seafood soups but your picture makes me want to :)



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