Marsh’s Dungeness Crab & Pacific Cod Bouillabaisse

Marsh’s Dungeness Crab & Pacific Cod Bouillabaisse

Every food culture that Marsh Skeele has encountered throughout his travels and culinary adventures has had their own versions of a seafood stew. This French version is one of his favorites. It has a long list of ingredients, but it’s actually fairly simple.

Use the Dungeness crab shells - or another tasty, wild crustacean, like our spot shrimp - as the base of a home-made stock, and be sure to put the meat in as well. If you’re feeling adventurous, any white-fleshed species like rockfish, halibut, or lingcod will work well as a substitute for the Pacific cod. It’s warming and delicious.

Marsh’s Dungeness Crab & Pacific Cod Bouillabaisse | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Total time: 1 hr
Serves: 4


  • 2 Dungeness crab leg clusters
  • 1 pound Pacific cod, cut into 1 inch strips
  • 5 ½ cups water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 12 whole black peppercorns
  • Peel from one orange
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1½ cups dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 ounce creme fraiche or sour cream (optional)


To make a stock, remove the meat from the Dungeness leg clusters & save all shells. Bring water to a simmer. Add shells, bay leaf, peppercorns, & orange peel. Simmer gently for 15 minutes.

While the stock simmers, quarter tomatoes, lightly coat in olive oil & a pinch of salt. Roast at 400° for 15 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pot. Add the onion, leek, and fennel bulbs, and sauté until soft and translucent. Save fennel fronds for garnish. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.

Add tomatoes & wine. Bring to a boil, reducing by half. Strain crab stock through a fine mesh strainer. Add remaining liquid to wine & vegetable mixture.

Add 1 tbsp thyme, saffron, and smoked paprika, and simmer 10 minutes. Then, add the cod & crab meat. Cook 2 minutes.

Remove from heat, garnish with a dollop creme fraiche, remaining fresh thyme, and fresh fennel fronds. Serve hot.

Marsh’s pro cooking tip: Always save your crustacean shells (or any meat bones, for that matter) for the making of rich, hearty home-made stocks. Just add some aromatic vegetables, simmer a while, and strain!

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*The information displayed is our analysis of the recipe based on its ingredients and preparation, and should not be considered a substitute for professional nutrition advice.

Marsh’s Dungeness Crab & Pacific Cod Bouillabaisse Recipe | Sitka Salmon Shares
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