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I spent a few days in Florence about 30 years ago, and while I don't remember much, I do recall my surprise at how delicious the Tuscan fish stew was. What I found so interesting was how herbs like oregano, sage, and rosemary, which I'd only associated with meat, were also used with seafood. Also, FYI just in case any old-school Tuscans are coming over: I hear that for this to qualify as an official Italian fish stew you need use at least 5 different types of seafood, which is both insane and adorable. Serve with crusty bread.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 large portions
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Puree cherry tomatoes and clam juice in a blender until smooth. Press mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl.

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  • Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, green onions, garlic, anchovy, and 1 pinch red pepper flakes in a cold plan. Place over medium heat. Cook and stir until garlic and onions just start to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer stew until color deepens, about 10 minutes.

  • Add halibut and shrimp to the stew. Season with salt. Increase heat to high. Cover pan and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, basil, oregano, and rosemary. Pour stew into a warm bowl. Drizzle in remaining olive oil and sprinkle 1 pinch red pepper flakes on top. Serve with crusty bread.

Chef's Notes:

Any tomato product will work in this, but I really like cherry tomatoes here, since they provide a fragrant freshness you just won't get with a can or jar. You do need to strain them after blending, but the few extra minutes of work will be well worth the effort.

Fish stock or chicken broth can be substituted for the clam juice.

Use any mix of white fish and shellfish that works best for you. If your shrimp is small, add it after larger chunks of seafood have already started cooking.

You can use 2 tablespoons of any combination of the Italian herbs mentioned.

Nutrition Facts

672 calories; protein 76.3g; carbohydrates 14.3g; fat 34.1g; cholesterol 405mg; sodium 922.4mg. Full Nutrition
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