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How to Make Fish Soup  – Best French Fish Soup Recipe – Soupe de Poisson

How to Make Fish Soup – Best French Fish Soup Recipe – Soupe de Poisson

[Intro music] Fish Soup of Marseille, a recipe from the French Mediterranean coast with all the flavors from Provence combined in this rich, tasty, flavorful, delicate fish soup. To make the fish soup of Marseille you will need: thyme, grated Gruyere cheese, rosemary, olive oil, pepper, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, orange, bay leaves, saffron, and the zest of the orange. Then a mirepoix of carrot, onion, celery and fennel, tomato puree, tomato paste, white wine and Pernod or pastis, this is optional, fish bones and bread. Marseille is on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea. And when people want to make the soup, they buy what we call fish for soup, so that includes various species of small fish, usually that size, and all kinds of colors. And the particularity for the soup is that you just give a rinse to the fish, but you don’t clean the inside. You leave everything in there. So when you process the soup through the vegetable mill, you have some flesh, which gives some consistency to the soup. Unless you live by the Mediterranean Sea, you won’t find those fish. So today I’m using red snapper because the particularity of the soup for those species are that they are species that live near the rock, near the shore. I like to use the red snapper because it’s very flavorful. There’s a lot of bones. And today I’m also using the flesh of the snapper. You may use only the bones including the head without the eyes. And in order to have a little bit of flesh, to have some kind of consistency, you may add something else, like sole cut in pieces or something else. So really speak with your fishmonger in order to decide what you should buy to make beautiful fish soup of Marseille. Let’s start our soup. Heat a pot. Add the olive oil. Add the fish balls that I have washed very well for about 20 minutes until the water is totally clear. I have removed all the blood. And you have to make sure you drain them. Here I have a three-pound snapper and I asked the fishmonger to cut it into pieces for me. Cook the fish bones on medium heat for about five minutes, stirring from time to time. Add the wine and cook for another five minutes. Cut the orange in quarters. [cutting sounds] Great. Stir. [stirring sounds] Smells great. Smells fishy. Now let’s add the aromatic garnish. Add the small mirepoix of onion, celery, carrot and fennel. So here I have one onion, one branch of celery, one medium carrot, and half a fennel bulb. Add the orange, so squeeze, just squeeze the juice. And leave half of the orange, like two-quarters in the soup. Add the bay leaves, the thyme and the rosemary, the orange zest, the head of garlic cut in half, the saffron, the cayenne pepper, the tomato paste, so about half of the can, and the tomato puree. And mix well. [mixing sounds] Rinse the bowl of the tomato puree in order to not waste anything. Give it a stir. And add the cold water, about two quarts. Mix well. Bring the soup to a boil. And simmer for a good two hours. Add the Pernod or Ricard. Although this is optional, it’s something I strongly recommend as it will add a nice beautiful flavor of licorice to the soup. Great. Turn the soup on high heat in order to bring it to a boil. Then we will reduce the heat to a medium low heat and we’ll simmer the soup for about a good two hours. The soup is boiling. Turn it down to a medium low heat in order to let it simmer and skim the foam part. So using a skimmer. Give it a stir and let it cook. The soup has been simmering for an hour now. It is time to remove the fat that is floating on the top. So the fat comes from the olive oil, but also from the fish. Great. Give it a stir to make sure that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot and let it simmer for an extra hour. Our soup has been simmering for a good two hours now, so let’s taste it and rectify the seasoning. Nice. A little bit more salt. I prefer to put the seasoning at the end for that soup because it did reduce by half almost, so quite a bit. Pepper. And I’m going to add a little bit of cayenne pepper. Just a little bit more. Give it a stir. Taste again. Beautiful. Let’s pass the soup through the food mill. This is the hard part now. So you want to pass everything through the sieve. Of course the bones won’t pass through the sieve, only all the vegetables, the flavor, the flesh will go through the sieve making the soup a little bit thicker. Push the ingredients down in order to present them to the blade here. Pass or squeeze or press on the ingredients here until it is totally dry. This is the most important step of the soup because we are extracting all the flavors. Clean under. And discard the dry ingredients here. Done. Wow, what a workout, about ten minutes of mixing. I’m going to degrease a little bit my soup here. I still have a little bit of fat on the side here. So my fish here and my bones are very dry. So you will have to discard that of course. But you shouldn’t see any liquid. It should be totally dry. Okay, because all the flavors now are here. Let’s boil the soup. Prepare the crouton and serve the soup. Slice the bread into thin slices. About the size of my finger, so quarter-inch slices. Usually we do three slices per person. Place the slices on a cookie sheet or cookie tray and broil it to have the bread golden brown. Because my broiler is on high, keep an eye on your bread because it will go quite fast. So the bread is ready. Turn the slices. And brown the other side. Perfect. Our soup is boiling. It’s time for us to serve it. Have the gruyere, rouille and croutons served separately on the side. And each guest will take what he wants and mix it into the soup. And the crouton usually we take a little bit of rouille either you put them in the soup or you put a little bit of rouille and spread it on the crouton and eat it like that while you eat your soup. It’s really up to you. Now, serve the soup in a pre-heated soup bowl. The flavors are amazing. I feel like I’m in Provence having this soup in Marseille. Nice soup of course. Fish soup of Marseille. Bon Appetit.

43 comments on “How to Make Fish Soup – Best French Fish Soup Recipe – Soupe de Poisson

  1. Eric, Impresionante,,, clase !!!
    No es por nada que la cocina fransesa… sigue teniendo el liderazgo en CLASE…
    De hoy en mas seguire de cerca tus innovaciones, y desde ya muchas gracias… . Por hacerme entender que mi comida cotidiana, puede ser a su vez, aderezada con diversion y gusto…    
    Muchas Gracias desde Argentina, Villa Gesell
                                                                              Luis Cimini

  2. Eric,
    Mes excuses, je copié le mauvais côté Traducteur …

    Eric, impressionnant,,, classe !!!
    Pas pour rien que la cuisine de fransesa le leadership … pour Toujours le Dans la classe …
    Aujourd'hui, plus vos les innovations Dans suivra et Déjà merci beaucoup …. pour moi ma nourriture quotidienne Comprendre, Seasoned can be with encore du plaisir et du goût …
    Merci beaucoup de l'Argentine, Villa Gesell
                                                                                Luis Cimini

  3. Oh my God!!! Thank you so much! I've been looking for a good recipe because I didn't know what kind of fish to use… Now je peux celebrer la fete de St Sauveur a la fin Juillet comme si j'etais encore a Cannes! Yay!!!

  4. this looks so delicious, i'm definitely gonna make it. that's a lot of salt you put at the end. thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

  5. Salut et merci pour cette recette.
    Je n'ai pas de moulin à légumes, puis-je utiliser un mixeur plongeur, en essayant d'enlever autant d'arêtes que possible?

  6. Merci Eric, et d'accord, je vais m'acheter un moulin à légumes. Je suis impatient car ça fait longtemps que je n'ai mangé de bonne soupe de poissons. Je vous raconterai demain 🙂

  7. Just what I wanted to see nice and simply explained I will be trying that have had it France was great thank you chef

  8. Im making the soup now, but find the orange flavor too dominant. Also, I missed that he actually used half the tomato paste and not a full can.. Easy to miss so pay attention! All good otherwise!

  9. pourquoi ne pas compoter les legumes et ensuite suer le concentré de tomate ?
    Cela enlève l'amertume des légumes et l'acidité du concentré mais il faudrait alors ajouté moins d'orange.

  10. Dear Eric, thanks for posting this recipe. I would love to make this but i have two questions. 1) I always read that for fish broth you shouldn t boil the fish for no longer than 15 minutes or otherwise the taste will be unpleasantly oily. 2) Do you also put the orange''s white skin through the sieve. WIll that not be bitter?

  11. Eric, your soup recipe was a complete hit! We had 10 guests for dinner and all of them raved about the soup and your rouille (I altered the quantities by 1/3). One couple – French – said that the best soupe de poisson they've eaten was in a restaurant in Cannes that's famous for it. They said your soup was as good or better!! And I agree.

    I fell in love with this soup when my wife and I ate it at a beach shack in Anguilla years 15 years ago and I've been searching for something equivalent since. I can't tell you how happy I am to know that, with a little effort, I can now produce that delicacy whenever I get the urge.

    Merci beaucoup!

  12. bouillabaisse… that's true its the best ever fish soup.. and very difficult to find the original recipe online! thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. CHEF🤗I am from Hong kong 🤗i want to cook this soup but in HK it 's difficult to find some spice for cook Marselle Fish soup the French soup

  14. OK, so you got the delicious flavour from the fish. But isn't this a waste of fish meat? Which contains the valuable nutrition.

  15. Why without the eyes? The eyes of fish are delicious. I can see snipping off the eyes from shrimp because of the acridity they can add if popped while cooking, but fin fish have delicious eyes. What am I missing, chef?

  16. I am so looking forward to making this lovely soup but still unsure of the quantity of the ingredients to use.

  17. Dear Sir and Chef. I have a question and you maybe able to help. I was told one of the major ingredients in the Marseille Fish Soup is a fish they call -rascasse In the United States
    I have never heard of it and if you could suggest a substitute I would be most grateful. Thanks a million and also for the recipe, looks delicious.

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