Mediterranean Bouillabaisse Recipe

Bouillabaisse is a hearty seafood dish with origins in southern France, but it has been adopted by many other parts of the Mediterranean! Rich with flavors from a variety of seafood and savory spices, this traditional stew is a must for any seafood lover.


– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 medium onion, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, chopped
– 2 tablespoons tomato paste
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
– 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
– 2 cups fish stock
– 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
– 2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
– 1 large potato, peeled and diced
– 1/2 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded
– 1/2 pound clams, scrubbed
– 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
– 1/2 pound fish filets, cut into cubes


1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, tomato paste, smoked paprika and red chili flakes, and sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the parsley and stir to combine.

2. Add the fish stock, saffron, tomatoes and potato, and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Add the mussels and clams, cover the pot and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Add the shrimp and fish, cover the pot and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

5. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve hot with crusty bread. Enjoy!