bouil·​la·​baisse | \ ˌbü-yə-ˈbās How to pronounce bouillabaisse (audio) , -ˈbāz; ˈbü-yə-ˌbās, -ˌbāz \

Definition of bouillabaisse

1 : a highly seasoned fish stew made with at least two kinds of fish

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Recent Examples on the Web The Boulud Sur Mer menu will feature southern French staples such as salt-baked whole fish with herbs of Provence, and a classic, fragrant bouillabaisse. Kate Krader,, "NYC Chef Is Taking On Sponsors to Reopen Fine Dining Restaurant," 25 Sep. 2020 The menu includes traditional French dishes like steak tartare, bone marrow, salad niçoise and bouillabaisse. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Looking for a job? This new restaurant in Scottsdale is hiring. Here's what to know," 8 July 2020 There was a fishmonger who sold everything that went into a bouillabaisse, including an assortment of heads and bones to make the broth, and a butcher who learned about charcuterie in France after the war. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "Baking During Quarantine as an Act of Faith," 8 Apr. 2020 Warmer weather calls for trout, lobster, or an epic bowl of bouillabaisse. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "65 Classic French Recipes to Add to Your Repertoire," 8 May 2020 In Europe the green crabs’ relatives are used to flavor bouillabaisse. Globe Staff,, "Cracking the secret of green crabs," 6 Aug. 2019 French 101 — This demonstration by Staci Joerrs will show how to make classics: bouillabaisse, quiche lorraine, crepes with spinach and roquefort, bouef Bourguignon. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gift ideas? How about a Milwaukee-area cooking class?," 10 Dec. 2019 Thanks to the brothy, thicker-than-bouillabaisse, thinner-than-sauce situation in which the fish is poached, the fillets simply cannot overcook. Alison Roman, New York Times, "Foolproof Fish Isn’t a Myth," 17 June 2019 The menu will also feature a few family-size platters, including whole grilled fish, a large cut of steak and a seafood stew of the day (cioppino, bouillabaisse). Michael Mayo,, "Something’s cooking in Palm Beach County: 3 new restaurants from 3 talented chefs," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bouillabaisse

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bouillabaisse

: a stew made with strong spices and two or more kinds of fish
: a mixture of different kinds of things

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