Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
1 hr 10 min
30 min

4 servings

  • 1 large pinch saffron, toasted in a saute pan then mixed with 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 pound snapper fillet, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound monkfish fillet, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound John Dory, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound sea bass fillet, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into medium dice
  • 1 leek, cut into thin rings
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 can Roma tomatoes
  • 1 orange, zested
  • Pinch fennel seeds
  • 2 quarts rich fish fumet
  • 2 tablespoons pastis
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the garnish:
  • 1 cup rouille (4 cloves garlic, 2 egg yolks*, 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, 1 cup olive oil, salt)
  • 1 baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Grated Gruyere
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Place the saffron, garlic and fish into a mixing bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Saute the onion, leek and celery in olive oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, orange zest and fennel seeds and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the fumet and pastis. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the fish and cook until just done. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, place a baguette slice in the bottom of a serving bowl and top with a spoonful of rouille and a bit of cheese. Top with the fish soup. Garnish with parsley.

To make the rouille, using either a mortar and pestle or a food processor, puree the garlic, egg yolks and cayenne pepper until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk to incorporate as you would for a mayonnaise. Season, to taste, with salt.


Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.

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