Preparation – 30 minutes
Cooking – 30 minutes
Total Time – 1 hour
We absolutely adore hearty fish dishes and this soupy stew is an all-time favourite. White fish, mussels and chorizo is a combination made in heaven.
Leave out the mussels, you have an easy midweek meal, add the mussels and you turn it into a weekend treat.
750 g Hake fillet (or Cod) Ask your fishmonger to prepare your fish and remove any bones
1 kg mussels
200 g cooking chorizo
1 red pepper
1 yellow or orange pepper
3 cloves garlic
1 tin of tomatoes
200 ml white wine (Galician preferably)
Pinch of saffron
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
4 bay leaves
1 Tablespoon chopped rosemary
½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
25 ml of sherry vinegar
Fresh chopped flat leaf parsley (garnish – optional)
Sea salt and black pepper
Allergens: For those of you with allergies please remove or substitute accordingly.
- Season and portion the Hake, set aside. I always like to season thick white fish fillets about 30 minutes before cooking as it firms up the flesh and allows the salt to penetrate the flesh.
- Thinly slice the onion and crush the garlic with some salt. Slice the peppers into even sized batons and finely chop the rosemary and parsley. Set everything aside to use later.
- Take the skin off the chorizo and cut it into small pieces, about the size of a walnut.
Warm a frying pan and cook the chorizo for a couple of minutes and set aside.
- Cook the Mussels.
Clean and debeard the mussels. If any are open, tap them lightly on a hard surface and if they don’t close, discard them.
Pour the wine into a saucepan, large enough for the mussels and bring to the boil.
Now and add the mussels and put the lid on the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes, giving the pan a shake from time to time, the mussels are cooked when they’ve opened.
Be sure to discard any that don’t open.
Reserve the cooking juices, and save three mussels in their shells for each portion for dishing up. Now pick the mussels from their shells and put aside.
- The Soupy Stew Part
Over a medium heat in a large sauté pan (30cm), sweat the onion without colouring, about 5 minutes. Add the peppers, spices and herbs (not the parsley) and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Next add the garlic, chorizo, tomatoes, mussels cooking liquor (or just the wine if your are not using mussels) and sherry vinegar.
Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer.
Place the Hake or Cod portions on top of the stew and cover with a cartouche made with greaseproof paper or foil. Steam the fish for 10 minutes.
Remove the fish using a slotted spoon and add the mussels, cooking for a further 2 minutes to warm through.
Ladle the stew into 4 bowls ensuring the chorizo and mussels are evenly distributed.
Sit the Hake portions on top and place the three mussels in their shells around the hake.
Sprinkle with the chopped flat leaf parsley.
Freshly boiled new potatoes go well with this dish, as does a glass or two of Albarino wine or a lightly chilled Crianza Rioja (Red wine with hearty fish stews is fantastic)!