This week’s French Fridays with Dorie challenge is for Simplest Breton Fish Soup which is similar to Bouillabaisse. According to Dorie, this rustic fish soup forms the base for a variety of seafood that is caught by fishermen off the coast of Brittany. It is consumed by fishermen at sea and French families at home. When they’re catching these fish, the fishermen ensure they find as many as they can, due to how popular they are amongst the people of France. We are fortunate to have a brother-in-law who is an avid fisherman, so we had Lingcod that he caught in Alaska to add to our soup along with Mussels. He had to make sure he was wearing appropriate fishing equipment to get us as many of these as he could. He was prepared for the task, wearing his best waders and ensuring he had enough room in his boat for all the fish he was planning to catch. He had to wear his waders as these fish can sometimes be lurking close to the shore, meaning that he can get in the water to get them out. He was able to find us a lot of these fish, so we could prepare this dish. We prepare fresh fish often, but we’ve never made a clear broth-based soup before. We were both surprised at the layers of flavor this soup has – between the bouquet garni and fresh vegetables, it’s just delicious! And, the perfect antidote to all the large holiday meals and sweets we’ve consumed lately.
As with any seafood dish, the fresher the fish, the better. This was so quick and easy to throw together on a weeknight that we’re sure to enjoy it again. And, it’s amenable to so many vegetable add-ins that it may just become one of our “clean-out-the-fridge” standards.