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Fisherman's Stew

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"A recipe this simple has many advantages. It's fast, easy, and doesn't require a ton of prep, but the downside is, there's nowhere to hide subpar ingredients. So, unless you're going to splurge on the freshest, sweetest, most pristine seafood you can find, you may want to look for another recipe. Serve with crusty bread on the side."
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45 m servings 413
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Combine tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and water in a measuring cup or bowl. Puree using an immersion blender until smooth.
  2. Cut sea bass into roughly 1 1/2-inch chunks to match the other seafood in size. Place fish, shrimp, calamari, mussels, and clams in individual dishes so they're ready to use.
  3. Melt butter and olive oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced fennel, garlic, and salt; cook and stir until garlic takes on color, about 1 minute. Stir in white wine. Let simmer until reduced by about 1/2, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomato broth base; bring to a boil. Continue to boil until fennel is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  4. Stir in parsley, bass, shrimp, and calamari. Add clams and mussels. Cover, increase heat to high, and cook until clam and mussel shells open and fish, shrimp, and calamari are opaque, about 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer to warm serving bowls. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and serve.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • You can use fresh tomatoes instead of canned; toss in a teaspoon of sugar if they aren't sweet enough. Also, feel free to use fish stock or clam juice instead of water.
  • Be sure your brothy base is aggressively seasoned before you toss your seafood in, since we don't season the fish and shellfish directly.
  • Any firm white fish will work, such as halibut or cod.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 413 calories; 19.4 15.9 37.5 217 551 Full nutrition

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My husband surprised me with this beautiful dish. He made it with salmon, shrimp, scallops and muscles. He cooked all the fish by itself first and then added it to the base, I prefer a fish be p...