Easy fish and seafood stew made of hake fillet, shrimp, mussel meat, calamari in a light white wine and tomato sauce, the seafood and fish are cooked to the minute, the sauce is cooked slowly with the seafood juices until flavorful and delicious!
Pretty easy to make, I made it with hake fillet which is one of my favorite fish, it can be replaced by cod or halibut, any white fish that you like and can find easily in your area.
For the seafood, I used the frozen seafood I practically always have in my freezer: mussel meat, shrimp 16/20 and calamari rings. If you are going to use frozen seafood, thaw well before using, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to thaw completely this kind of seafood, you can dip it in cold water to accelerate the process. You can use the seafood you like to make this “stew”, clams, lobster, different size of shrimp, crab, etc.
Little bit of ranting: Can't fathom why leave the tail end shell on shrimp when they are cooked in a sauce, it's only handy when you eat them with mayo!
Fish and seafood:
1 pound (450 g.) hake fillet, skinless, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound (450 g.) shrimp (16/20), thawed, shelled and deveined
3/4 pound (350 g.) calamari rings, thawed
1 pound (450 g.) shelled mussels, thawed
Some olive oil for cooking
1 garlic clove, minced
10 basil leaves, chopped
1 cup (240 ml) white wine
1 can (28-oz.) (800 g.) crushed tomatoes
1 to 2 tbsp. tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
A pinch of Cayenne
2 tbsp. olive oil
In a large pan, heat some olive oil on medium/high heat, add the fish, sauteed on all sides until cooked, set aside in a shallow plate
Add some olive oil if necessary, cook the shrimp and calamari just until the shrimp have turned red and the calamari opaque, set aside with the fish, and pour any liquids into a bowl
Cook the mussels just until they have released their water, set aside with the fish, add the liquids to the bowl
Into the same pan, heat some olive oil on medium heat, add the garlic, sauteed until fragrant, add the white wine, cook until reduced to half, add the seafood juices - also the juices that are into the dish of reserved fish and seafood -, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped basil leaves, taste before salting then add salt, pepper and Cayenne to taste, cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat, taste and adjust seasoning
Add the fish and seafood to the sauce, stir and cook just to re-heat
Serve with rice
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