Seafood, Soups

Fish Soup with Leeks Saffron White Wine and Cream

Fish Soup with Leeks Saffron White Wine and Cream

It only takes a pinch of saffron to add a brilliant yellow tint and subtle flavor to a pot of soup. For best results, use saffron threads, not powder.

  • 1 to 1-1/2 pounds of white fish such as cod, or halibut, thawed and cut into bite

    fish soup veggies

    sized chunks

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped (the white and light green parts are the only edible parts)
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds and ribs removed and julienned (to julienne means to slice into thin narrow strips of equal size)
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) of fish stock
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup dry white wine – I used a Charles Shaw 2010 Sauvignon Blanc $1.99 @ Trader Joes.
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • sea salt and cracked peppercorns
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add the leeks and saute until soft about 5 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high, add the mushrooms and saute until it just begins to juice about 3 minutes. Add bell pepper and saute until it softens about 2 to 3

    leeks saute

    minutes more. Set aside.

  3. In a large pot over medium-high heat add fish stock and bring to a boil and reduce for 10 minutes over a simmering boil NOT a rolling boil.
  4. Add cream and wine and cook to a slow simmer again for 10 more minutes. Add saffron, salt and pepper to taste. Calculate 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper if unsure. You can always add more salt and pepper to your individual dish.
  5. Add the fish, return to a simmer and cook until fish is just cooked through about 3 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook until heated through 3 minutes more.

Serve hot.




4 thoughts on “Fish Soup with Leeks Saffron White Wine and Cream

  1. That looks really good! Mmmmm whipping cream and white wine…two of my favorite ingredients!

    Posted by organizedisland | June 12, 2012, 6:09 am
  2. Looks delicious Liuba!

    Posted by hang | June 10, 2012, 11:05 am

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