Gochujang Bouillabaisse with Sesame Saffron Aioli

Gochujang adds a complex spiciness to this traditional French seafood-forward recipe.


Gochujang Bouillabaisse

  • 2 tablespoons Roland® Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 cup fresh fennel, large dice
  • 1/2 cup leeks, large dice
  • 1/2 cup fresh carrot, medium diced or batons
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pinch Roland® Saffron Threads
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 tablespoons Roland® Gochujang (get the Gochujang on Amazon)
  • 1 cup Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and large diced
  • 1/2 cup Pernod
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups Roland® Clam Juice
  • 1 pound shell-on shrimp (with or without heads)
  • 12 little neck clams
  • 12 mussels
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fennel fronds & fresh parsley, for garnish

Sesame Saffron Aioli


For the Bouillabaisse

  1. Place a large heavy bottomed pot onto the stove over medium heat
  2. Add the oil to the pot, and allow to heat until it is shimmering and able to be moved around the pan (about 30 seconds)
  3. Add fennel, leeks, carrots, garlic and saffron to the pot, stir until evenly mixed. Allow the contents to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the leeks and fennel become translucent and fragrant
  4. Add the Pernod and bay leaves to the pot, stir and simmer for 1 minute
  5. Add the potatoes, gochujang, tomatoes, broth and clam juice into the pot. Bring the contents to a simmer
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. Add the shell fish into the pot, stirring gently to incorporate. Cover the pot with the lid and reduce the heat to medium low. Allow the contents to cook until all the seafood is fully cooked (*145 degrees F internal temperature), approximately 10 minutes
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat
  9. Garnish with fennel fronds and herbs, if desired
  10. Suggest serving with toasted or grilled bread on the side and a dollop of the Sesame Saffron Aioli

For the Sesame Saffron Aioli

  1. In a small mixing bowl combine boiling water and saffron. Stir contents until combined, then allow to rest for 3-4 minutes
  2. The contents should have achieved a vibrant yellow color. Add the sesame oil and lemon juice into the bowl
  3. Using a whisk, incorporate the mayonnaise, and blend until it has a uniform yellow creamy texture
  4. Season with salt
  5. Finished product can be used immediately or stored in an airtight container under refrigeration for 2-3 days

In This Recipe


#87720 | 17.6 OZ.

Clam Juice

#21236 | 45.9 FL. OZ.

Grapeseed Oil

#70606 | 16.9 FL.OZ.

Toasted Sesame Oil

#87124 | 6.28 FL.OZ.

Fine Crystal Sea Salt

#70806 | 26.5 OZ.