Gulf Coast Summer Bouillabaisse

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This seafood bouillabaisse, thick with vegetables and seafood, is one of our light summer entrees. With vine-ripened tomatoes and the abundance of seafood that's at its peak in the summer, this one-dish meal is a seasonal treat that we all look forward to.



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch


Taste and Texturegarlicky, herby, light, savory

Type of Dishfish soup, soup


  • 3 stalks celery, in medium dice
  • 1 medium onion, in medium dice
  • 2 medium green bell peppers.  in medium dice
  • 16 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (you may not need it)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium head fennel, in medium dice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 quarts Seafood Stock or Chicken Stock
  • ½ pound new potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 large tomatoes, cored, peeled, seeded, and cut in medium dice (use canned chopped tomatoes if fresh ones are out of season)
  • ½ pound fish fillets, in large dice (use any saltwater fish, such as flounder, sea trout, redfish, or snapper)
  • ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled
  • 1 pint shucked oysters
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or basil
  • ½ pound crabmeat, any variety, picked clean of shell
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced


Place the celery, diced onion, peppers, and garlic in a large stockpot. Turn the heat to high, stir, and cook until the vegetables give up their liquid and are tender, about 8 to 9 minutes. If the vegetables start to stick, add the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the fennel and bay leaves, sauté for 1 minute, add the stock and potatoes, and bring to a boil. Skim and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are about half-cooked (test by removing a slice and cutting it). Add the tomatoes, stir, and simmer for about 7 minutes.

Add fish fillets and shrimp, stir, and simmer for about 1½ minutes, or until the seafood looks halfway cooked. Stir in the oysters and herbs. Cook for about 1 minute, until the edges of the oysters curl. Add the crabmeat, stir, simmer, and adjust seasoning. Turn off heat.

Serve in large bowls, and sprinkle with green onions.



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