Seafood is one of French cuisine’s more elegant offerings. Done properly, fish and shellfish present a matchlessly delicate texture and an exquisite fresh flavor. Good quality fresh fish provides a delicious backdrop for any number of seasonings or sauces, from light and mild to rich and spicy. French seafood recipes can range from a simple wine-braised fillet to a rustic backcountry Cajun fish fry to hearty, velvet shellfish bisques. Try one of these fantastic seafood recipes with sautéed vegetables and a crusty baguette for a special meal.
Brandade is a purely French specialty of pureed salt cod, but there is some debate over the addition of potatoes. Purists insist that cod alone is enough to create the smooth texture for which the dip is renowned. Other French cuisine experts enjoy the dimension added by potatoes and fearlessly throw them into the mix. This silky version is frequently served in Marseilles.
This fish in toasted pecan butter sauce recipe takes the homey flavors of a backcountry Cajun fish fry and merges them with the elegant nuances of a New Orleans restaurant. Pureed toasted pecans add incredible depth and silky texture to a garlic and hot pepper-infused butter sauce. This fantastic meal can be made so easily that it works for a thrown-together weeknight meal or a planned dinner party.
This oyster fritters recipe is limited to locations where fresh oysters are available, but what a treat it is! Naturally salty oyster meat is coated with a savory sparkling wine batter and deep-fried until it turns hot and crispy. The unique coating is flavorful alone, but can be punched up with either a splash of vinegar or a bit of horseradish-lemon garnish.