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Fish Stew

A Basque seafood stew features bay scallops, red snapper, and clams in their shells; tomato wedges, tiny Spanish olives, and a garnish of chopped fresh parsley round out the flavors. Although we used steamer clams, smaller varieties such as cockles or littleneck can be used for a more refined stew. Spanish empeltre olives are slightly sweet and very succulent. Picholine olives work just as well.

  • servings: 4
Photography: Charles Watson

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup pitted small brown olives, such as empeltre (about 40)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • One 8-ounce bottle clam juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup low-sodium canned chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound skinless red snapper fillet, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 8 large clams, cleaned and scrubbed (about 14 ounces)
  • 1/2 pound (about 8) bay scallops, muscle removed

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; saute, stirring frequently, until it is lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add olives, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, oregano, and orange zest; cook 1 minute. Add wine; continue cooking until it is reduced by half, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add tomato, clam juice, the water, and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and add seafood. Cover, and simmer until snapper and scallops are opaque and clams have opened, about 12 minutes. (Discard any clams that do not open.) Serve hot, ladled into soup bowls. Garnish with parsley.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2002

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Reviews (1)

  • 9 Jul, 2012

    Very yummy with some alterations. 1. The broth is very light. I intensified it by reducing 1-1/2 cups of chicken broth to 1 cup. I added some small pastina to make it just a little heartier. I increased the clams and added a few medium shrimp which made the recipe fit for 3. The clams need to cook longer than everything else so put them in the simmering broth first for 5 minutes or the other seafood will overcook. With those alterations this was really good with some french bread.