Mediterranean Fish Stew

This weekend I was clearing out the freezer and found that I had a load of white fish fillets lurking in there. I had obviously bought them with the intention of making something and then forgotten all about them. We haven’t had fish for a while, so I decided I was going to incorporate them into a fish stew. I have made fish stew previously but it was a one pot meal containing fish and potatoes. I decided this time I was going to make it full of the flavour of the Mediterranean to try and cheer up a dull wet day. I incorporated garlic and tomatoes with a range of herbs to bring out the flavour.

The result was a warming and flavoursome stew which went perfectly with warm crusty bread for dipping in it. I used a mixture of cod and basa for the fish, supplemented with prawns. You could use any white fish you had available. Basa is not a fish I have heard of before, apparently it is a type of catfish which is found in Vietnam lurking in the Mekong River Delta. It is a mild tasting fish that worked really well in the Mediterranean fish stew.

Mediterreanean fish stew

I am definitely going to have to cook with fish more often, it is so simple to make lovely dishes with it and it is healthy as well. My family really enjoyed this dish and my son even asked for more.

Mediterrean Fish Stew

Mediterranean Fish Stew
Serves 4
A fish stew cooked in a tomato based sauce complemented with herbs to add flavour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 onion
  2. 1 red pepper
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. 200g cod
  5. 200g basa
  6. 200g prawns
  7. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  8. 2 tomatoes
  9. a handful of rosemary
  10. a handful of thyme
  11. black pepper
  12. pinch saffron
  13. 1 pint chicken or fish stock
  14. 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Chop the onions and add to the olive oil in a pan. Cook gently until soft.
  2. Chop the garlic and red pepper and add to the onions in the pan.
  3. When soft add the chopped fish and prawns.
  4. Pour in the stock and the tin of tomatoes.
  5. Add the herbs and black pepper.
  6. Simmer for around 15 minutes.
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7 Comments

  1. January 29, 2014 / 11:06 am

    That sounds really nice and easy too, I might just have a go at this :O)
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  2. January 29, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    Nothing lovelier than fish stew, adore this post, thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  3. sarahhillwheeler
    February 3, 2014 / 10:07 am

    Love fish, but suspect I might struggle to find basa locally (out in the sticks lucky to get captain birdseye) but will look out for some to freeze. This looks a very colourful and special recipe, #tastytuesdays.

    • February 4, 2014 / 10:28 am

      It would work with any combination of white fish. That was what I found in the shop at the time.

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