Quick & Easy Bouillabaisse – Low Carb

This is one of my favorite meals to make. It is super easy and incredibly yummy.

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Quick & Easy Bouillabaisse - Low Carb

A classic French soup consisting of seafood and tomatoes made easy in the instant pot!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8



  • cup olive oil
  • 1 pound mussels
  • 1 pound fish fillets Grouper, Flounder, Sea Bass work well
  • 2 tablespoons garlic finely chopped
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 5 Roma tomatoes peeled and sliced, or 1 cup canned Italian tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 ounces clam juice
  • 4 crab halves
  • 1 pound unpeeled shrimp
  • 1 loaf French bread


  • Rinse the mussels in cold water
  • Set the Instant Pot to Sautee and bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the mussels and cover the pot. Steam for 6 to 8 minutes or until the mussels open. Discard any mussels that didn't open.
  • Scoop out the mussels and pour the stock into a bowl.
  • Cut the fish into 1-inch thick slices.
  • Set to Sautee again and get it hot. Add the garlic, onions, tomatoes, fennel, saffron, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the mussel broth, clam juice, and butter to the pot. Bring to a rolling boil, add the crabs and fish, and continue to boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add the mussels along with the shrimp, and boil for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Slice the French bread, butter it, and toast lightly.
  • Serve the bouillabaisse in large individual bowls. Cut the bread into sticks and place on the sides. Serve with another tsp of butter on top of each.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 1697mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine French

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