Soupe a la Bretonne


This morning I was looking at Greg’s blog on Crawfish Boil Soup and thought soup sounded good!  I had some beautiful dos de cabillaud (cod fillet) and shrimp in the freezer, various odds and ends in the refrigerator that I thought could make a reasonable fish soup.


What makes this soup special, is that it’s served with an herbal vinaigrette.  I didn’t have any parsley but substituted a handful of cilantro and roquette for the herbs.  It was delicious.


Soupe a la Breton

6 garlic cloves

1 handful of roquette

1 handful of cilantro leaves

Juice of one lemon

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

6 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp water


1 large onion, halved then thinly sliced

1 leek sliced

1 celery branch sliced

3 tbsp butter

2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 fish bouquet garni

3 quarts fish stock

2 carrots, sliced

1 lb potatoes, cut into large cubes

1 1/2 lb cod fillet, cut into large cubes

1 lb shrimp, shelled and cleaned

Chop the garlic, roquette and cilantro in a blender, then add the lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, oil, water, pepper.  Blend well, then refrigerate until ready to use.

Saute the onion, leek and celery in the butter until the vegetables are soft.  Add the tomatoes, bouquet garni and fish stock.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the carrots and continue to cook for 7 minutes.  Add the potatoes and continue to cook for 12-15 minutes.  Add the cod and continue to cook for 6 minutes.  Add the shrimp and continue to cook for 4 minutes.  Remove from the flame and serve with the vinaigrette and country bread.

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20 Responses to Soupe a la Bretonne

  1. You’re making me hungry for lunch.

  2. Mad Dog says:

    That sounds very good. I have to wonder if the cod lay down to dodo in the soup 😉

  3. Lazy Suzan says:

    That looks great!

  4. Tessa says:

    Your fish soup sounds so good right now…. It’s tough visiting food blogs when I have not had lunch yet :).

  5. Lovely – I usually veer towards tomato based fish soups and now realise I need to change that!

  6. Conor Bofin says:

    Well done Rosemary. Beautiful bowl of soup.

  7. Wow, we inspired you. Hooray. This looks delicious. I love the lemon and cilantro.

  8. oh this looks beautful..i have some white fish in the freezer, will have to give this recipe a try…lovely post..sarah

  9. Yummy, yummy! Looks divine and quick to pull together!

  10. Oo. A fish soup sounds comforting at the moment. This one is beautiful! Your photos are always so lovely.

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