Mediterranean Fish Stew

MediterraneanFishStewThis is a delicious fish stew inspired from the South of France where my parents live.  I make it with cod, which is a nice firm white fish with a delicate flavor that compliments the tomato base nicely.  You could use any other firm white fish of your choosing.

Mediterranean Fish Stew
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A delicious fish stew inspired from the South of France.
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 8
  • ½ tsp saffron threads
  • 2 Tbsp boiling water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion - coarsely chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 leeks, whites only
  • 1 bay leaf, torn into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp herbes de provence
  • 1 tsp grated pink grapefruit zest
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 1 lb organic vine tomatoes
  • 4 oz organic crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp organic tomato paste
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 lb cod, cut into bite size pieces
  • fresh tarragon
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place the saffron threads and 2 Tbsp boiling water in a small dish and let stand for about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a large stock pot. Add olive oil. Slice leeks. When oil is hot add onions, garlic, leeks, bay leaf and herbes de Provence.
  3. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cube roasted pepper and the tomatoes.
  5. When onion and leeks are soft, add cubed pepper and tomatoes. Add the white wine and grapefruit zest and cook covered for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable stock and saffron (with the soaking water). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  7. Add the cod and simmer until fish is cooked through (about 8 minutes). Season with fresh tarragon, freshly ground salt and pepper.
  8. Serve hot with a sprinkle of fresh tarragon.



About Valerie 

Valerie Remy-Milora is the mother of 3 amazing girls, an author, public speaker, coach and founder of Scrumptious Moms. She is passionate about empowering moms to embrace self care and live a vibrant, joyful life with their loved ones. A health and fitness nut, she is an advocate for chemical-free living, real food and GMO labeling. She believes in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

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  1. Helen Kempster says:

    I love fish stew! The pink grapefruit zest is something I have never seen in a recipe before, it will sure add a nice flavor!

    • Fish stew has become a favorite of mine Helen because it’s simple to make and combines so many wonderful flavors to create a truly sensational dining experience. I think you’ll like the pink grapefruit zest 🙂

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