20 Fish Stew Recipes That Are Warm and Comforting

stew with shrimp, fish, seafood, tomatoes, celery
Photo: Soup Loving Nicole

There are few things in life more comforting than a cozy bowl of seafood stew. We've rounded up our best fish stews to make with halibut, salmon, sea bass, cod, and so much more. Whether you're in the mood for an inexpensive dinner that makes good use of leftover fish, an impressive meal that's worthy of the fanciest restaurants, or a spicy recipe that'll warm you up from the inside out, you'll find a delicious new favorite in this collection of our best fish stew recipes.

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Curry Fish Stew

curry fish stew
Linnea Valle

Here's an inexpensive fish stew to make with cod fillets. Recipe creator Kristin recommends serving with jasmine rice, steamed broccoli or salad, and a crusty baguette.

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Turkish Fish Stew

fish stew with artichokes, olives, lemon served over couscous

Make this 45-minute fish stew with couscous, tilapia, artichokes, capers, tomatoes, and lots of warming spices (like sumac powder and ginger root).

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Russell's Fish Stew

stew with shrimp, fish, seafood, tomatoes, celery
Soup Loving Nicole

This is a "hearty seafood stew" that is "perfect for those cold winter days," according to recipe creator Dlish, who suggests serving with sliced French bread. Make it with any white fish, such as cod or haddock.

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Fisherman's Stew

tomato based stew with clams, shrimp, calamari, fish
Chef John

Chef John's fast and easy fish stew calls for an array of seafood, including sea bass, shrimp, calamari, mussels, and clams. "I love the quick simplicity of this soup," says reviewer shelley.

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Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style

fish stew with garlic bread in a white bowl
Peter Paul de Bie

This tomato-based fish stew will make you feel like you're vacationing in Italy. The recipe calls for red snapper fillets, but reviewers say you can easily substitute with sea bass, halibut, or swordfish.

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Kerr Lake Catfish Stew

Kerr Lake Catfish Stew
Eric Washington

Recipe creator LPK says this is a fantastic fish stew to make while camping. It comes together with fewer than 10 easy-to-pack ingredients, and you can cook it with freshly caught catfish.

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Tuscan Fish Stew

fish stew in red sauce
Chef John

"The combination of spices was especially well done and spot-on," according to reviewer SKGIII. "The tomato base and olive oil made it light and healthy. Brilliant recipe here!"

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Brazilian Fish Stew

Brazilian Fish Stew

"This super easy but hearty dish is full of flavor and absolutely delicious," recipe creator BellevueMama says of this crowd-pleasing fish stew with tilapia.

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Bacalao a la Vizcaina (Basque Style Codfish Stew)

bowl of cod and tomato stew

Cod, thick-sliced potatoes, onions, hard-boiled eggs, capers, garlic, olives, roasted red peppers, and raisins are drenched in tomato sauce and white wine. Then, the ingredients are cooked to tender and flavorful perfection.

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Chef John's Brazilian Fish Stew

Chef John's Brazilian Fish Stew
Photo by Chef John.

Chef John's take on Brazilian fish stew comes together in fewer than 30 minutes, so it's a fantastic choice for busy weeknights. Make it with sea bass, coconut milk, white rice, and lots of healthy veggies.

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Mediterranean Fish Stew

Mediterranean Fish Stew

This fish stew with tomatoes, cod, and pasta is bursting with cozy flavor from warm spices like cinnamon and paprika. "This one's easy to make, and a favorite in our house," according to reviewer CRYSTAL075.

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Salmon Stew (Abalos Style)

Salmon Stew (Abalos Style)
Ann Marie Natal

Make this inexpensive fish stew with fewer than 10 ingredients: garlic, an onion, a tomato, canned pink salmon, a bay leaf, salt and pepper, and fish sauce.

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KCinAZ Cooks

The Allrecipes community can't get enough of this Italian-American fish stew made with cod, crabmeat, clams, mussels, shrimp, and scallops — it has more than 800 rave reviews from happy home cooks.

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Ginataang Salmon (Filipino Salmon in Coconut Milk)

salmon and vegetables in coconut milk

Use your trusty Instant Pot to make this creamy fish stew with salmon, coconut milk, and nutritious ingredients like kale and broccoli.

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Sexy Fish Stew

Sexy Fish Stew
Diane S

This fish stew recipe calls for rockfish, but you can use any whitefish you have on hand. Fennel adds "awesome flavor in the background," according to reviewer LVW. "All the flavors blended so nicely."

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Danielle Jeanloz

Looking for a classic French dish that'll make you feel super fancy? Try this impressive fish stew with sea bass, mussels, and lots of healthy vegetables.

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Quick and Easy Halibut Stew

Quick and Easy Halibut Stew

Seasoned halibut is cooked in a savory mixture of chorizo, tomatoes, fennel, white wine, and clam juice. Recipe creator barbara suggests serving it over couscous or rice.

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Spicy Fish Soup

Spicy Fish Soup

Turn up the heat with this spicy shrimp and fish stew seasoned with chili powder, cumin, and canned green chile peppers. Non-fat yogurt adds a tangy creaminess you'll love.

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Tomato-Rich Fish Stew

Tomato-Rich Fish Stew
Michelle McMorrow

"This soup was easy to make and smelled wonderful while stewing," reviewer Food&Drink says of this healthy whitefish stew with tomatoes and beans.

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Shrimp, Sausage, and Fish Jambalaya

Shrimp, Sausage, and Fish Jambalaya

Cod is a welcome addition to traditional jambalaya. This Cajun rice, shrimp, andouille sausage, and fish stew is spicy and satisfying.

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