Mediterranean Fish Stew

Originally A Mediterranean Fish Stew,

PJ’s Bouillabaisse is an Excellent Recipe!

Mediterranean Fish Stew

PJ’s Bouillabaisse

PJ’’s Bouillabaisse. Keys Style! A fish stew fit for paradise!

This recipe comes from years of effort to “un-refine” the classic, elegant versions of bouillabaisse into this more relaxed (and yes, lazy) recipe.

But, don’t worry as it is still the best soup you will ever eat!

This is one of our go to recipes for special occasions, and special friends.


PJ’s Bouillabaisse!


  • 3 lbs mixed fish (at least 1 lb of firm fish), cubed
  • 3 dozen clams, cleaned and burped*
  • 1 16 oz can minced clams
  • 4 clusters of crab, cleaned, separated, and cracked
  • 2 lbs shrimp, uncooked, shelled & deveined
  • 2 dozen mussels, cleaned
  • 6 12 oz bottles of clam juice
  • 1 16 oz can peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 3 leeks, thinly sliced (white portions only)
  • 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 6 bay leaves (remember to remove before serving)
  • Healthy pinch of thyme
  • Salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
  • Healthy pinch of thyme


Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot, add the tomatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme and cook until they are reduced and tender (about 10 minutes).
Add the clam juice, salt, white pepper, cayenne and firm fish and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the fish is tender.
Add the rest of the fish and seafood and cook until the clams and mussels open.
Serve with hard crusted sourdough bread for the best meal ever.

Serves 6 regular people or 2 gluttons.

Please feel free to substitute and adjust – I won’t be offended!

*Burping clams – if you soak clams in very salty water for an hour before cooking, they will spit out the contents of their stomachs, including sand.

Wine Pairing: A white wine works well with this seafood soup. Try a Chardonnay like Dreamtime!

PJ Webb



We’ve been fortunate enough to have had enjoyed “PJ’s Bouillabaisse” on a number of occasions. Believe me, it doesn’t get any better. If you really want to prepare something special for your next get together, try this recipe! Mediterranean fish stew doesn’t get any better!

Thanks PJ!

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