The other day I was looking for something healthy to eat.  I could not find anything in the house.  So I decided to venture out to the store.  There I found some nice fresh Haddock.  From there the search was on.  What to make.  It has been extremely cold outside, so stew sounded fantastic.  I looked around and discovered this super simple Portuguese stew recipe.  It was extremely tasty and done in 20 minutes.  If you are looking for a tasty yet healthy meal, this one is it.

Portuguese Fish Stew – (Adapted from Food Network)

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds haddock, cut into 2-3 inch cubes
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 4 slices crusty bread, toasted

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bay leaves and paprika and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

Fry the smoked paprika and bay leaves

Once the bay leaves start to permeate the air, add the onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.

Stew the veggies

Cut the fish into 2-3 inch pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Season the fish

Add 1 cup water and reduce the heat to medium low. Nestle the pieces of fish among the vegetables in the pan. Cover and simmer until the fish is just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Gently place the fish into the stew

When the fish is opaque and cooked you are ready to eat.

Cooked and ready to eat

Fill each bowl with the brown rice.  Meanwhile toast the slices of bread in a 400 degree oven, until toasty.

Stew ready to eat

Divide the stew among bowls.  Serve with the bread and enjoy.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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