This recipe did not come from a cookbook, it is, rather, my interpretation of a classic portuguese dish... Fish is truly king in Portugal, and if there was one thing I wanted to do when I started a family was to make sure my kids loved fish as much as I do!! This recipe is one of our family favorites and can be made in less than 30 minutes! I cook it in a portuguese cataplana, but you can use a regular pot.
Portuguese Fish Stew
1 1/2 lbs fish (we love it with red snapper or mahi mahi), cubed, or seafood (shrimp, scallops or lobster)
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic finely chopped
3 cups cubed potatoes
1 large green pepper, cubed
1 can diced tomatoes
fresh cilantro, chopped (or parsley if you prefer)
fish bouillon (I use Knorr)
optional: fresh bread
Sautee the onions, garlic and green peppers in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil for about 3-4 minutes, then add the diced tomatoes and bouillon and cook for another minute of two. Add the cubed potatoes to the pot and enough water to cover them. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, then add the fish or seafood and cook for another 5 minutes. Make sure the potatoes are cooked, test for salt and pepper and add the fresh cilantro. The best part? Dipping fresh bread into the sauce... Yum!