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Summer Bouillabaisse with Smoky Rouille

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Ripe, gorgeous summer vegetables are a treat for anyone who loves to cook: the only challenge is finding the time to cook them all. This smoky bouillabaisse helps you make the most of two summer favorites you’ll find in abundance right now: tomatoes and corn. If you’re not growing your own, this recipe is worth the trip to the farmers’ market tonight.


  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more for the sauce
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. chopped garlic, plus 1/2 tsp. finely grated or minced garlic
  • 2 lb. ripe tomatoes, cored and large diced (about 4-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tsp. sweet smoked paprika (Spanish pimentón)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt
  • One 14-oz. can low-salt chicken broth (1-3/4 cups)
  • 1 large pinch saffron
  • 1 lb. halibut, cod, or other firm white fish, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 medium ears)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 490
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 230
  • Fat (g): 25
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 40
  • Sodium (mg): 480
  • Carbohydrates (g): 29
  • Fiber (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 30


  • In a 5- to 6-qt. soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the 1-1/2 Tbs. chopped garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and wine, increase the heat to medium high (if necessary), and simmer vigorously until the tomatoes are broken down and the mixture is slightly soupy, about 15 min.
  • While the tomatoes are cooking, whisk the 1/2 tsp. grated garlic, paprika, and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Whisk in a little olive oil and enough cool water to make a creamy, pourable sauce. Taste and add salt if you like.
  • Add the broth and saffron to the tomato mixture and simmer to slightly reduce the broth and concentrate the flavors, 5 min. Add the fish and simmer until it’s opaque throughout, 3 to 5 min. more. Stir in the corn. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve in large bowls with a big drizzle of the sauce on top and a generous sprinkle of parsley, if using.

Make Ahead Tips

You can make this soup ahead except for adding the fish, which you should do at the last minute.

Serve Caramelized Plums over vanilla ice cream or on shortcakes for dessert.

To dress this up for entertaining, add 1/2 lb. peeled medium or large shrimp and 1/2 lb. Manila clams or mussels. Wash the shellfish well before adding and use only the tightly closed shells. Simmer until the shells open.


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Reviews (8 reviews)

  • brava313 | 09/04/2013

    Thanks to all the rave reviews I decided to risk making this stew for the first time when we had company coming. Everyone loved it, and so easy! You might want to make enough for second helpings.

  • Picco | 08/19/2012

    There is a reason that every cook gave this recipe 5 stars. Easy to make and excellent taste!

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