Posted on Nov 20, 2012 in Basic Sauces, Escoffier Recipes, Fish, Sauces | 0 comments


Escoffier recipe for making velouté de poisson, fish velouté sauce, at home (Escoffier, 22).

Velouté (“veh-looh-TAY”) is one of the five ‘mother sauces’ of classical French cuisine. Fish velouté, or velouté de poisson (“veh-looh-TAY day PWAH-sohn”) is used in making lighter-colored and compound sauces such as Sauce Bercy, Sauce Normandie, and others. Fish veloute is a white sauce lightly flavored with fish stock, or fumét, and thickened with a blond roux.

Mise en place for fish velouté:
Fish Veloute


Fish Velouté

Heat the fish fumét up in a medium saucepan, and gradually stir in the cold (or room temp) blond roux. Colder roux works best when it is mixed with a hot liquid. A couple general rules about roux: The darker the roux, the more flavorful it will be; and the lighter the roux, the less you’ll need to thicken a sauce. This is because the longer you cook your roux, the quicker the starch in the flour breaks down. A blond roux does well to both flavor and thicken a velouté de poisson, while keeping the velouté light in color.

Veloute de Poisson

Simmer for 90 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid a skin forming on the surface, and voila! There you have it.

Veloute de Poisson

1000g (4 cups) fish fumét
155g (1 1/4 cups) blond roux

Salter digital scale
Measuring bowls
Medium saucepan
Wire whisk
Rubber spatula
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