30 June, 2011

Spanish Seafood Stew

I love seafood for several reasons: I love the taste of fish, shellfish, oysters, seaweed. In any way, be it raw, grilled, baked, fried, deep-fried. It's healthy, a very convenient side effect. But most importantly, it cooks fast.
This stew is cooked as fast as it can get. The combination of spices gives it a unique flavor. The seafood in it can be anything from a mix or just squid rings or prawns or mussels. In no time, this dish has become one of my favorites: simple, fast, healthy, delicious. Good enough for any weekday dinner after a long day at work. Bon Appetit!

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SPANISH SEAFOOD STEW
(adapted slightly from BBC Food)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
salt to taste

200ml vegetable or fish stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 capsicum pepper (red or green), deseeded and thinly sliced
500g/1 lb mixed seafood (e.g. squid rings, peeled prawns, mussels meat) 

1/4 cup white wine

splash of cream (optional)

Serves 2-3
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Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and fry until softened. Add garlic, turmeric, paprika and chilli flakes and cook for another minute.
Add bay leaf, stock, tomato paste, sliced pepper, seafood mix and white wine. Simmer gently until seafood is cooked, about 5 minutes. Season to taste. Stir in splash of cream (optional).
Serve with rice or rustic bread.

4 comments:

  1. oh my! this looks like one of my favorite meals ever!

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  2. I love seafood as well. Hoping to get some nice shellfish at the fish market and try this lovely recipe.

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  3. looks good! I love seafood stews! :)

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  4. It looks delicious and I really like seafood with something with a lot of alcoholic content. It tastes a lot better.

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