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Cod, anyone?

Cod. Extremely popular in Spain and Portugal. Literally thousands of recipes. Here is a Catalan one, which I will try soon:

Catalan fish stew


  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 fennel bulbs, chopped
  • 150g/5oz chorizo, diced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, ground
  • 2 cloves new season garlic, crushed
  • ½tsp sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp saffron strands (optional)
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 tin plum tomatoes
  • 100ml/3½ fl oz fish stock or water
  • 150ml/5 fl oz white wine
  • 500g/1 lb 2oz mussels, cleaned
  • 650g/1 lb 7 oz firm white fish (bream, pollock, cod, monkfish), filleted, dredged in flour and fried in olive oil
  • 100g/3½ oz toasted almonds, ground
To serve

Preparation method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and sauté the onions, fennel, diced chorizo, chilli, ground fennel seeds and garlic for a few minutes.
  2. Add the paprika, thyme, saffron, bay leaves and tomatoes and cook until reduced to a thickish sauce.
  3. Add the fish stock (or water) and white wine and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the cooked mussels and cook until they are all open. Discard any that have not opened.
  5. Put the fish pieces into the stew and stir in the almonds.
  6. Heat for a minute or two and serve with seasonal greens, steamed potatoes and wedges of lemon.

9 responses

  1. We likes cods very much too, but buy mostly the cods frozen, as the fresh are more expensive!
    Have a great weekend …and give Rio some good fish 😉


    August 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

  2. It sounds delicious!


    August 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  3. I just ate and it still made my mouth water! Love the colorful shot of the market and I think I will try your recipe… merci!



    August 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

  4. Hmmm delicious, thanks for the recipe, a cool idea for the weekend!


    August 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

  5. I'm so tryong this recipe over the weekend Rob, love cod, great picture of all that lovely fresh fish, will let you know how it turns out!!


    August 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

  6. The cod is fun to see but even more I like the pointing hand.


    August 4, 2011 at 4:31 am

  7. Some people in Norway and Sweden and Scandinavian Americans over here prepare Cod as “Lutefisk” – hard to describe and we make A LOT of jokes about it!


    August 4, 2011 at 2:18 am

  8. I might try it also.. as we all like it here as well.
    Great photograph.


    August 4, 2011 at 1:42 am

  9. this recipe sounds fabulous!


    August 4, 2011 at 12:04 am