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Oriental-style Fish Stew

Kieth sent this in responding to another member's request for a spicy fish stew. He didn't add anything more about it.

(Serves 6)

  • 1-1/2 lbs (750 g) frozen or fresh firm-fleshed fish fillets, such as halibut, cod or catfish
  • 1 large red onion
  • 1 green or red pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp (2 to 5 mL) hot red chili flakes
  • 3 large tomatoes or 28-oz (796-mL) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sake or dry white wine
  • 240 ml bottle clam juice
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) frozen, peeled cooked shrimp
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) thinly sliced basil leaves

(Preparation: 15 Minutes. Cooking: 30 minutes)
  1. If using frozen fish, remove from freezer. Unwrap and place on a plate while preparing ingredients.
  2. Peel and coarsely chop red onion. Core and seed pepper, then chop into 1/2-inch (1-cm) pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add red onion, pepper, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) chili flakes. Cook, uncovered and stirring often, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, peel fresh tomatoes, if you like, then coarsely chop. If using canned tomatoes, drain but do not chop. Stir tomatoes into onion mixture.
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  6. Stir in sake, clam juice and salt. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut partially frozen or fresh fish into large chunks, about 1x3 inches (2.5x8 cm). Stir into tomato mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes.
  8. Add shrimp. Stir occasionally until fish is cooked through and shrimp are hot, from 3 to 5 more minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, thinly slice green onions. Cut lime in half and squeeze juice into stew. Stir in green onions and basil.
  10. Taste and add ½ teaspoon (2 mL) more chili flakes if you like it fiery.
  11. Serve immediately over rice or Asian noodles.

Ted's Note* - Try adding some snap peas at the same time you add the green onions and basil.

Contributed by Kieth Watson (kwdwat)