Jean-Pierre's Cod Fish Soup

    1 hour 10 mins

    While living in Paris, I went to a wonderful hole-in-the wall that featured a fish broth similar to this one. Jean-Pierre, the owner, chef, and sole waiter, demonstrated the proper method of eating it. First, you spread mayo over the croutons, then top them with cheese, float them in the broth, spoon soup over them, and finally, scoop them up and eat them while they're still crunchy. To die for!

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    Serves: 2 

    • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
    • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 teaspoon saffron powder
    • 4 teaspoons dried bread crumbs
    • 1 cup red chilli flakes
    • 1/2 French baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 leek, bulb only, chopped
    • 1 pinch saffron powder
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 3/4 cup (180) white wine
    • 1/3 cup (80ml) red wine
    • 100g cod, or other flaky white fish fillets
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
    • 1 roma (plum) tomato, seeded and chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) thin cream
    • 1 cup (120g) grated Gruyere cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon of saffron powder, bread crumbs, and red chilli flakes. Set aside.
    2. Preheat the oven broiler. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking tray. Place under the broiler for a few minutes to toast. Set aside to cool.
    3. Heat olive oil in a stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 4 cloves of garlic, onion, and leek; saute for a few minutes until tender. Add a pinch of saffron and the bay leaf. Pour in the white and red wines, then place the fish in the pan, and pour in enough water to cover the fish just barely. Simmer for about 10 minutes, turning the fish carefully as needed, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
    4. Remove the fish from the broth with a slotted spoon, and set aside. Pour in the beef broth, and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes to burn off some of the alcohol, and reduce the broth. Remove the bay leaf, and transfer the broth to a blender. Add the tomato, lemon juice and parsley to the blender. Puree in batches if necessary, and return to the pot.
    5. Whisk the flour and thin cream into the pot, and set over medium heat. Whisk in about half of the mayonnaise mixture, or to taste. Return fish to the soup, and break into small pieces. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and heat through.
    6. Spread the remaining mayonnaise mixture onto the toasted bread slices, and top with shredded Gruyere cheese. Ladle the soup into serving bowls, and float 1 or 2 slices of toast on the top.

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    This soup looked intriguing, so I tried it tonight. It's fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly, but used red snapper instead of cod. I also didn't use a cup of red pepper flakes, since I think that's a mistake. I probably used 1/2 teaspoon and it was perfect for us. Great recipe though, worth every minute of preparation.  -  04 Sep 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    TASTS GREAT  -  28 Nov 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is absolutely delicious. I didn't have the leek or lemon so I put more onion. I also used chicken stock instead but did add in a beef bouillon to compensate. Even my father who is not a fish fan ate every last drop.  -  18 Feb 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)