Seafood Around the World: France

French food is revered around the world, but what are some of their most famous seafood dishes? Our favourites range from the treasures of La Mer to some rustic delights.


Bouillabaisse is a traditional Proven├žal rustic fish soup from Marseille. This stew dish originally was created by Marseille fishermen using the bony rockfish that they were unable to sell on the market. There is a range of different seafood that can be added, and tends to really be about what is fresh and available to you that day. Unlike other stews or soups, the fish are added one at at time and then brought to boil.

Coquille St Jacques

Coquille St Jacques is special French scallop gratin. Although coquille st jacques actually translates as scallops in France, here, it means a creamy and luxurious baked dish. The scallops are enveloped in a velvety cheese sauce then topped with a herby breadcrumb topping that’s baked for a crispy top.

Moules Mariniere

Moules Mariniere is the quintessential French holiday dish. As you bite into tasty plump mussels with a stunning wine sauce, its hard not to picture the French Riviera. Served with crusty bread to soak up the sweet alluring sauce, its an iconic French dish.

Salmon Rillettes

Salmon rillettes are the perfect French starter that add a much more flavoursome punch than just smoked salmon. Its a creamy yet light answer to pate with tasty salmon. Its surprising easy to make and epitomises rustic French cooking: fuss free and full of flavour.


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