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Fish stew with chunks of white fish, tomatoes, herbs, chili peppers, lime.

Easy Fish Stew with Italian Flavors

Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Marilyn
A wonderful fish stew that doesn't take hours and countless ingredients to make. Fresh fish fillets are cooked in aromatic liquids until the flavors meld into a wonderfully fresh and comforting stew.
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  • 6 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano with juice
  • Pinch dry thyme
  • 1 can (8 ounces) clam juice
  • ½ cup dry white wine see white wine substitutes below
  • 1 ½ pounds firm white fish fillets, cut into large pieces (such as halibut, cod, red snapper, or sea bass)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can green chili peppers optional
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges optional


  • In a heavy-bottomed stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add oil and heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook, stirring 1 minute or until fragrant.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add ⅓ cup parsley, and tomatoes with juice; cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes or until flavors are melded.
  • Add oregano, thyme, clam juice, wine, and fish. Cook gently, 5 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork. Stir in cayenne pepper. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chili peppers (if using) and remaining parsley. Ladle into bowls and serve garnished with lime wedges, if using.


Serve with slices of crusty bread.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1037mg | Potassium: 1128mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1115IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 3mg