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Sardine Bouillabaisse Soup

Cuisine: French
Region: the Central Plateau and Languadoc

The Sardine Bouillabaisse Soup is as tasty and hearty as it sounds, really. 🙂 Enjoy!

Serves 6 – 8
Cooking time: 20-30 min
You need: a skillet or heavy saucepan


  • 1 + 1/2 to 2 Kg of sardines
  • 4 medium onions, diced
  • 500g tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 sliver of an orange rind
  • 1 generous sprig of thyme or a Tsp of dry thyme
  • 2 fennel stalks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch of safron
  • 1 Kg (2 Lbs) potatoes, cut in cubes
  • finely chopped parsley
  • garlic croutons
  • salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Clean and scale the sardines.
  2. In a large, heavy saucepan make a bed of onions, tomatoes, garlic, orange rind and all the herbs – except for parsley.
  3. Season well with salt and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Add the potatoes on top of the mixture.
  5. Cover the mixture with water – and be generous with it. (But don’t overdo it.)
  6. Bring to a boil and cook briskly for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Add the sardines and continue boiling for a further 5 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked.
  8. Drain the stock into a soup bowl and transfer the potatoes and the sardines to a dish.
  9. Serve the liquid and the remaining vegetables as a soup, accompanied with garlic croutons (see Notes, below).
  10. Following that, serve the sardines and potatoes sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Notes on the Sardine Bouillabaisse Soup

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