Smoky Salmon-and-Potato Stew

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs

Briny clam juice is the secret weapon in this dish. We like the salinity of Bar Harbor brand, which goes well with the paprika.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • ½ head fennel, chopped (1 cup), plus fronds for serving

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes

  • 16 ounces clam juice (two 8-ounce bottles)

  • 10 small yellow potatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices (2 ½ cups)

  • 1 ½ pounds salmon fillet (preferably wild), skin removed, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. Heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium-high. Add fennel, celery, and a pinch of salt; cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften, 5 minutes. Add garlic and paprika; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring, until thickened slightly, 5 minutes. Add clam juice and potatoes; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes are fork-tender, 30 minutes.

  2. Season fish with salt; gently fold into stew. Return to a simmer, cover, and remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Serve, topped with fennel fronds, a drizzle of oil, and more pepper, if desired.

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