A Modern Mother’s Super Easy Med-Inspired Fish Stew

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Fish stew, fresh Haddock

The fabulous Fish Is the Dish peeps sent me over a load of fresh Haddock via @ukSeafoodchef. 

So what to make with it?

The wet weather inspired me to create this really easy fish stew, with a Mediterranean influence.

Here goes…

Fish stew, ingredients

I grabbed what I had, a tine of chopped tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, pink garlic, a chili and a few cherry tomatoes…

Fish stew, chopped celery

Chop, chop, chop. I love the smell of fresh celery on my hands.

Fish stew, chpped carrots

Diced carrots. They aren't perfect julienne squares, but they are beautiful in their mishapped sort of way, aren't they?

Fish stew, simmering

Saute. Stir. Bung in the other ingredients. My fish stew simmering away.

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Here's the recipe.

A Modern Mother’s Super Easy Med-Inspired Fish Stew


6 Tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

1 small chili, finely chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

3 stalks of celery, chopped

2T flour

1 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes

400 g of water

slug of white wine

1 cube vegetable/chicken stock

2 large fish filets

1T capers, with juice

1 T fresh parsley, chopped

1T oregano

pinch of thyme

1 bay leaf




1 Heat olive oil in large pan. Add onion, garlic, chili, celery, carrots and cook about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

2. Add 2 T flour and cook over medium heat for 4/5 minutes.

3. Add tinned tomatoes*, water, and wine. Stir. You can add a bit more water if the stew is too thick.

4. Add fish and cook for 10 minutes. I just threw in the filets with skins on. Stir to break up cooked fish into flakes. 

 (I couldn’t face trying to skin them and took them out after ten minutes, peeled of the skin, and threw them back in.) 

5. While fish is cooking, add capers w/juice, parsley, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, fresh parsley and capers. Salt and pepper to taste.

6. Put into bowls and serve with crusty bread!

*I had a few cherry tomatoes in the fridge, so chopped those and threw them in too.



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  1. 10/05/2012 / 20:25

    Looks amazing! Thanks for linking up over at the Foodie Round-up 🙂

  2. 07/05/2012 / 08:59

    Sounds great – think I will have a go at this as mine all love fish x

  3. 04/05/2012 / 13:56

    Reading this has made me hungry! I absolutely love any deal with fish! Might just give this recipe a go over the long bank holiday weekend!

  4. Rainbow Prams
    03/05/2012 / 13:54

    Brings back memories of home in Italy! Oh and I bet that would be so good accompanied by fresh bread! MMM thanks x

  5. HonestMum
    03/05/2012 / 06:39

    Looks delicious!

  6. Susanna
    03/05/2012 / 06:22

    OK, now I am interested. A pie? Please tell me more.

  7. Susanna
    03/05/2012 / 06:22

    That is all I can fit in my life right now, and we never eat enough fish, do we?

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  9. Beadzoid
    30/04/2012 / 15:17

    Mmmm, sounds delicious. I make something similar but its a pie instead of a soup. Flavours are heavenly – I can almost smell the vapours through my screen 🙂

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