Recipe - Bouillabaisse

Published: Wednesday 8th Feb 2017

Written by: Laura Foster

Fran Hartshorne - Head Chef of The White Horse in Brancaster Staithe has kindly sent in this recipe for us to share with you.

Bouillabaisse, chargrilled shell on tiger prawns, saffron rouille, crusty ciabatta 

You will need...

shellfish stock 2 kilo lobster/crab shells 2 leeks6 carrots1 bulb garlicthyme3 tbsp tomato puree2 bay leaves


Place shells into a pan cover with tomato puree, roughly chop vegetables, crush garlic & place into roasting pan. Roast in the oven until golden at about 190 degrees or gas 4 this will take about 1 hr but keep checking.  It is important at this stage to get a good colour, as this will give great flavour.

When roasted place into large saucepan fill with water & leave to simmer this will take 2- 3 hours & lets the flavours infuse. 

When stock is ready pass through a fine sieve & place back onto the heat. Reduce stock by half to concentrate & increase in flavour. 

For the Bouillabaisse Vegetables 3 courgettes3 red peppers 3 carrots 1 head of celery500g chopped tomatoesDice vegetables to 1cm cubes; add to shellfish stock & chopped tomatoes. Cook until vegetables are just soft, season.

Saffron Rouille 200g free range egg mayonnaise1 tsp garlic pureePinch of saffronSalt and pepper

Mix ingredients together; keep mixing every 5 minutes, as the oils from the saffron will keep infusing to give a great ‘yellow’ colour. 

Chargrill or panfry the shell on tiger prawns until cooked you may want to finish with garlic butter under the grill or in the oven.

To serve... 

Heat some of the bouillabaisse and place into a bowl, then arrange crevettes on top. 

Place a generous amount of saffron rouille on top, finish with fresh pea shoots. 

Serve and enjoy with warm crusty ciabatta.

If you’re visiting North Norfolk, be sure to call into this fabulous restaurant with its spectacular views overlooking the Norfolk Coastal Path. Their extensive menu prides itself on using fresh local seasonal produce – plus the added bonus, when booking through us – you will receive a 10% off, holiday treat voucher to use on bar meals…

The White Horse,Main Road,Brancaster Staithe,PE31 8BY.01485 210262

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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