Spicy Fish Stew

October 2006
Spicy Fish Stew

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This hearty stew is just a simmer away.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 40 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh or thawed frozen skinless cod or halibut fillets, cut into 2-inch-wide strips
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 loaf Italian bread (about 7 ounces), cut into eight 2-inch cubes
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  diced tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh oregano
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Place the fish in a single layer in a large glass baking dish; season with salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Bake for 8 minutes; set aside.
  2. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees . Place the bread cubes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and toast until crisp, about 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes and chicken broth and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Using a fork, lightly flake the reserved fish and add it with the oregano to the stew; simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls and top with the croutons.
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