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French Food Recipes: How to Create a Fabulous Meal at Home

If you can’t travel to France, then bring France to your home by cooking romantic French cuisine. Try these French food recipes starting with an appetizer of tapenade, an olive spread. Then cook up some Pan Fried Fish with white asparagus. Of course, serve it with some white wine. Then set the mood with some music. We recommend French Cafe(paid link) by Putumayo Presents. Finish your meal with this French food recipe for Raspberry Parfait. To pair a fancy drink with your dessert you can read how to make Valentine drinks here.

Start with this French Food Recipe for Tapenade

Tapenade with toasted baguette


  • 2 cups pitted black olives
  • Tablespoon capers
  • Teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • finely chopped garlic clove
  • 3 anchovy fillets drained and soaked to remove salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • baguette


  1. Slice baguette thinly and toast slices in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes.
  2. While baguette is toasting, add remaining ingredients into a food processor and process until almost smooth.
  3. Serve tapenade with baguette toasts and a nice glass of French Wine.

You can make the tapenade ahead of time and store in a glass jar until ready to serve.

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Then Create this French Food Recipe for Pan-Fried Fish with White Asparagus

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Sauteed White Asparagus


  • 1 1/2lbs. skinless fish fillets (We used Rockfish)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of millet flour or almond flour
  • 1 tsp. dried tarragon or parsley, more if using fresh herbs
  • 6 tbsps. butter
  • juice from half a lemon
  • asparagus


  1. First rinse fish. Then pat dry with paper towels. Subsequently, pour the milk in a shallow bowl, and put the flour on a plate. Then combine the dried tarragon or parsley with the flour.
  2. After that, season each fillet with salt and pepper. Then dip each fillet into the milk and lightly coat them with flour.
  3. Next, melt half the butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the fillets to the pan and cook for two minutes. Flip over and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes. To sum up, fish should be cooked to 145 degrees at the thickest part.
  4. Transfer the fillets to a warm plate. Add the remaining butter to the pan. Then add the lemon juice and scrape the bits from the pan. Spoon this over the fish. Keep warm.
  5. Finally, using the same pan, add a bit more butter and saute the asparagus for about 3-5 minutes over medium high heat until it is crisp tender. Serve with the fish and a nice bottle of chilled white wine.

I always have problems skinning fish. My trick is to heat a frying pan on medium high heat, spray with cooking spray and then place the fish in the pan skin side down for a little less than a minute. Remove from the pan and the skin should peel away with a spatula.

Top off Your Meal with This French Food Recipe for Raspberry Parfait

Raspberry parfait scoop in a small bowl with a maraschino cherry on top
Raspberry Parfait


Raspberry puree in a bowl
raspberry puree with sugar and brandy
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Tablespoon cherry brandy
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups cool whip


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simple syrup
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mixing puree, egg whites, and cool whip
  1. Begin by blending raspberries and 1/2 cup of water in a blender. Then use a spoon to push them through a mesh strainer into a bowl to remove the seeds.
  2. Once the seeds are removed, add the confectioners’ sugar to the puree and stir. When it is mixed well, add the brandy.
  3. After that, place 1/2 cup of water and granulated sugar in a saucepan and heat to boiling until sugar dissolves and a syrup forms, about 5 minutes.
  4. While the syrup is cooking, beat the egg whites until stiff.
  5. When the syrup is done drizzle it into egg whites and continue beating until mixture is at room temperature.
  6. Once the egg mixture comes down to room temperature mix it with the raspberry puree. Then blend in the cool whip.
  7. Then mix in an ice cream mixer approximately 20 minutes.

Make this ahead of time and store in the freezer. You can garnish with fresh raspberries, chocolate shavings, cherry or whipped cream.

I have created these French food recipes after being inspired by The French Kitchen Cookbook and my old standby Betty Crocker. Let me know if you try these French food recipes and if you make additional improvements upon them.

An actual trip to France isn’t complete without wine tastings. Here are some sponsored wine tours to try when you go to France:

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