Fish Stew with Gremolata Recipe

(68 ratings)

fish stew photo
fish stew photo
(Image credit: The Boat Cookbook)

Taken from The Boat Cookbook by Fiona Sims (£16.99; Bloomsbury)


  • 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • pinch of saffron, soaked in 1 tbsp
  • boiling water
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 500g fish or vegetable stock
  • 300ml dry white wine (red wine works, too)
  • 100g long grain rice
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g skinless firm fish fillets (try cod or pollock), cut into 3–4cm pieces
  • salt and pepper

For the gremolata:

  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • handful of flat-leaf parsley,
  • finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and soften the onion and garlic

  2. Add the saffron and its soaking water, and the paprika, mint and tomato paste. Cook for a minute, then add the stock, wine, rice and tomatoes

  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every now and again to stop the rice sticking on the bottom

  4. Season, then add the fish, cover and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the fish is cooked. Meanwhile, make the gremolata by mixing the lemon, parsley and garlic

  5. Serve the stew with the gremolata spooned over the top