The cooler weather has finally arrived and I'm ready to indulge in a few more hearty recipes to warm up the insides.
This is a very big step for me.
I've always admitted to being a bit of a "wimp" when it comes to preparing seafood recipes. I'm learning it all comes down to education and trial and error.
I'm also very lucky to have a fishmonger up the road who answers all my questions and does a lot of the prep work for me. When I was planning this easy seafood stew all these thoughts ran through my head about cleaning mussels and opening fresh scallops!
No need to worry! It was all done for me!
This seafood stew doesn't pretend to be anything complicated. It's certainly not a Bouillabaisse or even a kakavia.
It's simple, quick and delicious! It took me all of 45 minutes from start to finish.
It utilises canned tomatoes, a little white wine, some saffron and a little heat from some fresh chillies. The only changes I made to the recipe was to saute some fennel along with the onion and add a splash of ouzo. Being the "aniseed addict" that I am I loved the flavour these two extra elements brought to the dish. If you find it doesn't suit your palate give it a miss.
And don't forget the bread when serving this seafood stew! You're going to need it when mopping up that beautiful sauce!
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- 1 small fennel bulb thinly sliced
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 small red chili finely diced
- 2/3 cup of dry white wine
- a pinch of saffron
- a good “splash” of ouzo
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 400 ml of fish stock (fresh is best but if buying a prepackaged one check to see how many additives there are!)
- 8 fresh cleaned mussels
- 8 fresh scallops
- 8-10 raw green prawns with tails kept intact
- 8 calamari rings
- 400 grams of firm white fish fillets-I used ling-cut into chunks
- a handful of chopped flat leaf parsley to garnish
- Saute the onion, fennel and garlic for about five minutes until translucent and aromatic
- Add the chili and saute for a few more minutes
- Add the wine, saffron and ouzo and allow it to cook off for about 2 minutes
- Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and fish stock and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to medium and allow the mixture to simmer and thicken-for approx. 30 mins
- Add the mussels, scallops and prawns and cook for 5 minutes
- Add the calamari rings and chunks of fish and cook for a further 5-7 mins
- Remove from the heat and garnish with lots of fresh parsley and serve with bread.