Sure to perk up a dreary winter day, this Caribbean-inspired dish uses bold, rich ingredients like chile peppers, coconut milk, and winter squash. A few generous handfuls of baby spinach and lean and mild cod round out this nutritious (and weeknight-friendly!) one-dish meal. While this stew is great by itself, consider serving over brown rice for an extra dose of nutrients and fiber. 




  • Heat oil in a pot over medium-high. Add shallots, thyme, and chile pepper; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are golden brown in places, about 4 minutes.

  • Add squash, tomato sauce, and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until squash is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Meanwhile, season fish with salt and pepper.

  • Stir coconut milk and fish into stew. Cook at a bare simmer, stirring occasionally, until fish is just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and simmer, gently stirring, until wilted and darkened slightly, about 1 minute. Spoon stew over rice and serve with lime wedges.

Cook's Notes

Butternut or acorn squash can be used in place of calabaza.