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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mediterranean Fish Stew

Fish Stew

I will admit to being skeptical of the concept of fish stew, just as I was a little suspicious of massaged kale. It's another winner, though (thanks again to James's mother for this one!).

This stew is insanely easy -- a quick, delicious, one-pot meal that requires little prep work and almost no attendance. It's also the perfect dish for the cold, early days of spring: warm and comforting, but light enough to function as a precursor to summer and swimsuit weather.

Fish Stew

We took the recipe from Eating Well, with almost no modifications. The original calls for mahi-mahi, swordfish, or halibut, but I think almost any white fish would work here. We used cod and it turned out really well. As with any stew, it's a recipe that you can tweak and substitute until the end of time and you'll still love the way it turns out. I hope you enjoy!

Fish Stew

Mediterranean Fish Stew
Slightly adapted from Eating Well.
28 oz canned tomatoes (ours were pre-diced)
2 stalks of celery
1/2 a red onion
1 cup pitted green olives
1/4 cup capers
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups potatoes
1 1/4 pounds fish of choice
Salt and Pepper to taste

Dice the celery and the onion and toss them into a large pot with the canned tomatoes, olives, capers, olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

Slice the potatoes thinly and lay them over the tomato mixture to create a layer of potatoes. Cover the pot and cook over medium-low heat, allowing it to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not stir.

Pat the fish dry and season with salt and pepper as desired. When the potatoes have begun to soften, add the fish to the stew as a third layer on top of the potatoes. Cover again and continue cooking for another ten minutes or so, until the fish is fully cooked.

Serve immediately, with an optional garnish of parsley.


  1. This is basically ALL of my favourite ingredients. Would never normally think to cook a fish stew but might have to give this a go!

    1. I know what you mean -- even now, fish stew just doesn't sound like something I want to eat. It is amazingly delicious, though, definitely try it out!


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