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Fish Stew with Clams

This delicious stew is from chef Jose Andres' "Made in Spain" cookbook and is made using his recipe for Allioli.

  • yield: Serves 4

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Ingredients

For the Stock

  • 1 tablespoon Spanish extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 rib celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium Spanish onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 (3-pound) black sea bass, filleted, head and bones reserved

For the Suquet

  • 2 ripe plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Pinch of sugar (optional)
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet pimenton (Spanish smoked paprika)

For the Picada

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Sea salt
  • 8 manilla clams, scrubbed
  • Allioli

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Prepare the stock: Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add garlic, celery, carrot, and onion and cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add fish bones and head and enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to a gentle simmer and let cook for 25 minutes, skimming the surface as necessary. Strain through a fine mesh strainer; discard solids and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare the suquet: Place a grater over a bowl and rub the cut surface of the tomatoes over the grater until all the flesh is grated; discard skins. In a deep pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add potatoes and cook, stirring, for two minutes. Stir in grated tomato and sugar, if using; continue cooking 2 minutes more. Add saffron and pimenton and cook for one minute.

  3. Step 3

    Add enough stock to just cover the potatoes. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Prepare the picada: Using a mortar and pestle, mash garlic and salt together until a thick paste is formed. Add parsley and one piece of potato from the stew; mix until well combined. Set aside.

  5. Step 5

    Season fish fillets with salt and cut each in half so you have four equal pieces; add to pot along with clams. Cook until clams begin to open, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in picada and season with salt. Serve immediately with allioli, if desired.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2009

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Reviews (3)

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    As written this is a more involved recipe, but even when I do a shortcut version it's delicious. It's a delicious way to cook fish for people who usually turn up their noses at fish and push their plates away like 8 year olds even though they are 36 and should have developed more sophisticated tastes by now... not that i am married to anyone like that.
    Anyway, I use pre-prepared stock, fish, chicken or veg. and usually omit the clams because of shellfish allergies.

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    As written this is a more involved recipe, but even when I do a shortcut version it's delicious. It's a delicious way to cook fish for people who usually turn up their noses at fish and push their plates away like 8 year olds even though they are 36 and should have developed more sophisticated tastes by now... not that i am married to anyone like that.
    Anyway, I use pre-prepared stock, fish, chicken or veg. and usually omit the clams because of shellfish allergies.

  • 8 Jan, 2009

    On the show Martha used a wooden spoon to stir in the saffron. Use a metal spoon instead, because the wooden spoon will absorb the flavor of the saffron.