27 January 2010

Portuguese fish stew

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)
olive oil
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!


  1. This sounds delicious! It is going to be a very cold weekend here and I think that your Portuguese fish stew and some crusty bread will warm us up! Thanks for sharing your family recipe! :) Laura

  2. I am SO gonna make this recipe. We have visitors coming to Poland this weekend who lived in Portugal for many years. They will love thiS!

  3. Oh so happy to have found you, we have alot in common. My husband is portuguese, he was born and raised in Hawaii. We live in Oregon, and I also love all things vintage. My favorite color is pink. uhh I hope I'm not sounding scary to you... next time I'm at Stars, I'll visit your booth!
    Stop by my blog!

  4. you ship the soup?! I'll take some!

  5. This looks so yummmy!!!! I can't wait to try it. Stew is my favorite kind of meal and this is going on my list!! Thank You!. 1st time on your blog & I'm loving it so far. :)

  6. Really think your site is awesome! I too love pink/rose and have vintage dolls that my mother made from years ago! I have a cooking school here on the west coast of Vancouver Island and decided to do a Portuguese Fish Stew for March. We spent a month on the Algarve in '02 and fell in love with Portugal, sardines, custard pies, and especially Cataplana...which I have already had a class on; that was an eye-opener for me and I make just for us about every other month. Glad you found your man in blue and your kids are beautiful! Happy cooking! xoxo Marcie


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