French recipes

Ah France – the nation that gave rise to gratins, soufflés, steak frites and croque monsieur. There’s plenty to love about French cuisine, and here are some of the reasons we do.

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Cheat’s bourride

Healthy fish recipes

Cheat’s bourride

We’ve put a twist on bourride – a French fish stew – to cut down...

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Shallot tarte tatin

Savoury tarts

Shallot tarte tatin

You won’t believe that Gaz Oakley’s shallot tarte tatin is vegan. Sweet shallots are caramelised...

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Pork and rabbit rillettes

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Pork and rabbit rillettes

David Everitt-Matthias – head chef at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham – shares his recipe...

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Hot-smoked salmon nicoise

Salmon fillet recipes

Hot-smoked salmon nicoise

We’ve put a twist on a traditional French recipe by swapping tuna for hot-smoked salmon...

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Bramble and bay jam baked camembert

Vegetarian starter recipes

Bramble and bay jam baked camembert

You just can’t beat a gorgeously gooey baked camembert – or can you? Try stuffing...

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Fig tarte tatin

Tarte tatin recipes

Fig tarte tatin

”This tart is the ultimate comfort food for a chilly evening. The jammy figs lap...

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Eggs en cocotte

Brunch recipe ideas

Eggs en cocotte

Eggs en cocotte is an elegant French dish that’s perfect for lazy Sunday brunches. We’ve...

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Ultimate dauphinois potatoes

Potato recipes

Ultimate dauphinois potatoes

Making this most luscious of potato bakes takes a little extra time – there’s slicing,...

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Ham and Boursin quiche with quail eggs

Ham and Boursin quiche with quail eggs

Debbie Major puts a clever twist on quiche Lorraine with this recipe using Boursin, quail eggs...

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Quiche lorraine

Quiche lorraine

Food writer Debbie Major gives her version of a classic quiche lorraine. A rich and...

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Smoked duck breast with celeriac remoulade

Duck recipes

Smoked duck breast with celeriac remoulade

Chef Henry Harris’ simple smoked duck starter is a great make-ahead recipe for Christmas Day....

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Roast duck breasts with agen prunes and armagnac

Duck recipes

Roast duck breasts with agen prunes and armagnac

Learn how to roast duck breasts in this impressive (yet achievable) dinner recipe from chef...

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Duck, pork belly and green olive terrine

Duck recipes

Duck, pork belly and green olive terrine

Henry Harris’ duck terrine recipe is a great starter for Christmas or, indeed, a swish...

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Olive cake

Savoury bread recipes

Olive cake

Whip up this easy-to-make, savoury olive cake from chef Lionel Levy of Alycone restaurant in...

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Madeleines with a lemon and thyme drizzle

Afternoon tea recipes

Madeleines with a lemon and thyme drizzle

Light and utterly elegant French madeleines are drizzled in a citrussy lemon and thyme icing....

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Steamed mussels with curry, leeks and saffron cream

Mussel recipes

Steamed mussels with curry, leeks and saffron cream

This recipe, known as mouclade in France, is traditionally made with shallots, white wine and...

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Strawberry tarts

Strawberry recipes

Strawberry tarts

These beauties will be met with oohs, aahs and ooh-la-las – and they taste every...

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Socca pizzas with taleggio and broccoli

Pizza recipes

Socca pizzas with taleggio and broccoli

These socca pizzas are made using gram flour making them naturally gluten-free. If you want...

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Moules Basquaise

Mussel recipes

Moules Basquaise

“These moules, from where the wild Atlantic meets the Pyrenees, have a distinctly southern flavour....

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Savoyarde bilberry tart

Sweet tart recipes

Savoyarde bilberry tart

“The Alps in summer are a pick-your-own bilberry buffet: the bushes line every path, laden...

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Summer broad bean cassoulet

Casserole recipes

Summer broad bean cassoulet

“If using fresh broad beans in place of the usual dried haricots strikes you as...

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Salade Lyonnaise

Healthy salad recipes

Salade Lyonnaise

“This bistro favourite conforms to the unwritten French rule that all salads require copious quantities...

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Saffron and orange blossom crème caramels with cardamom and orange rhubarb

Make-ahead dessert recipes

Saffron and orange blossom crème caramels with cardamom...

”That edge of dark, bitter caramel against the sweet, creamy custard makes for the most...

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Miso caramel banoffee éclairs

Afternoon tea recipes

Miso caramel banoffee éclairs

Ravinder Bhogal’s banoffee éclairs combine light choux pastry, a rich sweet and salty caramel and...

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