Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crab Bouillabaisse

"Bouillon crabes" in creole is just a cousin of the french soup bouillabaisse. There is also the fish version and a bit of a twist from the original french recipe that makes it very uniquely mauritian. Enjoy during the crab season with french baguettes !



-1 Kg of Crabs cleaned and separated into big pieces
-3 tbs oil
-1 onion chopped finely
-6 ripe tomatoes
-4 cloves of garlic
-2-3 green chillies
-3 curry leaves (optional)
-1 tsp of tomato paste
-Thyme leaves
-Salt and pepper

  • Puree tomatoes with the tomato paste, curry leaves and the green chillies
  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Add chopped onions and garlic
  • Fry until transparent
  • Add the crab pieces and fry until it changes in color to a bright red
  • Add the pureed tomato
  • Add salt and pepper
  • Now add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil
  • Add thyme leaves reduce heat and simmer for at least 30-45 mins
  • Adjust salt if necessary


Fish broth can be used instead of water
Use fish instead of crab (Red Snapper works really well)



  1. Really tasty. This is now on our family favorites list.

  2. Thank you for the feedback and for visiting my blog !

  3. I tried the crab one and it came out the best I ever had.