Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins
I'm sure there are French chefs out there with rather strong opinions as to what classifies as a Bouillabaisse. I'm certainly no French chef. I was looking for a healthy way to enjoy seafood. Since its winter here in NY, a piece of grilled fish just didn't seem hearty enough to do the trick. My mom gave me a few different recipes that I pieced together to create my own version of this delicious fish stew. Feel free to substitute the seafood for whatever looks fresh at the market that day.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 stalk celery, finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
- 1⁄4 cup green bell pepper, finely diced (about 1/2 a small pepper)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 onion, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves picked from stems
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup clam juice
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 1⁄2 lb fish fillet (any sturdy white fish will do, I used Chilean Sea Bass)
- 8 littleneck clams (includes a few extra in case some don't open)
- 1⁄4 lb bay scallop
- 1⁄4 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Heat olive oil in a deep skillet; sauté celery, green pepper, onion, and garlic until soft.
- Add bay leaf, thyme, and crushed red pepper to the vegetables and sauté for a minute or so.
- Add wine, clam juice, tomatoes, ¼ cup water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Drop to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Give it a stir every so often and add the additional ¼ cup water if the sauce looks too thick.
- Add fish filets and clams. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork and the clams pop open.
- Add shrimp and scallops. Simmer uncovered until cooked through, approximately 3 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with toasted baguette.
This recipe was so good. I added a cup of chicken broth and less red pepper flakes. My husband raved over it. This is a 10 in our book :)