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 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 The restaurant: Shoot down California Street to Chapeau!, a warm French bistro where executive chef Philippe Gardelle whips up the classics, from buttery escargot to bouillabaisse and cassoulet. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Bay Area date night ideas for fall," 9 Sep. 2019 Channeling another part of Southern Europe, Cathédrale will offer French-Mediterranean pissaladière, bouillabaisse and rotisserie chicken chasseur by the executive chef Jason Hall, who cooked at Gotham Bar and Grill. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "In Fall’s Biggest Openings, Experience Is on the Menu," 3 Sep. 2019 Black bass rests in a sauce flavored with saffron and fennel that conjures bouillabaisse; its smoothness summons a textbook bistro bisque. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 Ceramic grasshoppers and bouillabaisse are nowhere to be found. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 In his new cookbook, Spanish American chef Andrés offers recipes for dishes like gazpacho, bouillabaisse, a fish-less poke bowl and more. Michael Schaub,, "Last minute Father’s Day gifts for 7 different kinds of book-loving dads," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of bouillabaisse

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bouillabaisse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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