Fish Stew

Back in Australia I didn’t really eat much fish. It’s expensive to buy fresh fish, and the frozen stuff is never as good. Here in Tonga fresh fish is so cheap by Australian standards, so I’ve been trying to work more fish into our diet.

This recipe looked interesting so I though I’d give it a go. I couldn’t my hands on any fresh mahi mahi so I used marlin instead. Dad cut the fresh fish into chunks (snacking on it along the way).

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I never liked raw fish before I moved here, but when it’s eaten on the same day that it’s caught it’s amazing.

This recipe is so easy. You just chuck everything except for the fish in a big pot and cook it until the veggies are soft and the sauce has reduced a little.

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Once the veggies are soft, add the fish. Make sure the fish is mixed in with all the flavours, but try not to stir it too much otherwise the fish will break up into mush, rather than staying in nice big chunks. While you’re waiting for the fish to cook put on some rice. I made lime and coriander rice.

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When the fish is cooked and your rice is done, dinner’s ready!

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Ingredients

  • 800g of Marlin (or any firm fish), cut into biggish chunks
  • 1 400g can of diced tomatoes
  • 3 small capsicums, cut into chunks
  • 2 banana peppers, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup of corn kernels
  • 2 large onions, cut into large chunks
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup of liquid whey (I used the whey from my ricotta)
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste

Method

  1. Cut the fresh fish into chunks.
  2. Chuck everything except for the fish in a big pot and cook it until the veggies are soft and the sauce has reduced a little.
  3. Once the veggies are soft, add the fish. Make sure the fish is mixed in with all the flavours, but try not to stir it too much otherwise the fish will break up into mush, rather than staying in nice big chunks. While you’re waiting for the fish to cook put on some rice (I made lime and coriander rice).
  4. When the fish is cooked and your rice is done, dinner’s ready!
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