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Deconstructed Bouillabaisse

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“Adapted from a recipe by Kerry Saretsky at Serious Eats. She says, "Buttery Chilean sea bass is seared separately from the almost-instant broth, and is served perched on a bed of onion, fennel, and tomatoes, afloat in a sea of bouillabaisse sauce studded with onyx-black mussels, and creamy little rock shrimp. I can't imagine any thick, flaky fish that this recipe would not work for, so go ahead and substitute salmon or halibut or swordfish, and adjust your cooking time accordingly. For that matter, you could use clams and calamari instead of mussels and rock shrimp. You are Monet, and bouillabaisse is your canvas." Petite-diced tomatoes will be found next to the other tomato products; if you can only find regular-dice, just give them a rough chop before using.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat in a wide 2-qt saucepan. When it shimmers, add onion and fennel. Season with salt and pepper, and sweat 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and sweat another 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the drained tomatoes and the wine. Raise heat to high and boil 2 minutes until wine begins to reduce.
  3. Add fish stock, saffron and bay leaf; bring back to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
  4. Pick over mussels, discarding any which are already open. Add mussels and shrimp to broth and stir. Cook 3 minutes until shrimp are pink and mussels open (discard any which remain closed).
  5. Salt and pepper both sides of the sea bass. Coat the bottom of a large nonstick skillet with olive oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add the fish and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden.
  6. Arrange baguette slices on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 10 minutes until dry and golden; watch carefully to prevent overcooking.
  7. In a mini-food-processor, combine mayonnaise, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, roasted red peppers, salt and black pepper. Process until smooth.
  8. Using wide, shallow bowls, place 3 mussels and 3 rock shrimp in each bowl. Place a mound of vegetables in the center of the dish, and top with 1 piece of sea bass. Ladle broth around the fish and top with a fennel frond. Serve with rouille and toasts.

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