Larc prepares his Wild Bouillabaisse with foraged mudminnows, ladyfish, pinfish, small mullet, fiddler crabs, blue crabs, and clams. We adapted his recipe to include seafood ingredients that are more readily available.

Recipe by Coastal Living March 2000


Recipe Summary

12 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse fish bones and heads; remove gills.

  • In a large stockpot, combine fish bones and heads with tomato juice through crabs. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until stock is reduced by one-third. Strain mixture. Discard fish bones and heads, reserving stock and crab claws.

  • Cut catfish fillets into 1-inch cubes.

  • Combine reserved stock, catfish, and hearts of palm through sea rocket in a large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add clams and cook 5 minutes or until clams open. Top with crab claws, samphire, and sea rocket.

  • Note: Four bay leaves may be substituted for 14 wax-myrtle leaves. One large leek maybe substituted for one large cattail stalk. Spinach or arugula may be substituted for sea rocket.