This Portuguese fisherman’s stew brings together all the ingredients of Portugal—onion, garlic, clams, mussels, cod, sausage, and tomatoes—in classic fashion.
Legal Sea Foods in Boston, Massachusetts, brings together all the ingredients of Portugal — onion, garlic, shellfish, cod, and tomatoes — in this delicious mariner stew.–The Editors of Bon Appétit
Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 generous pinch saffron threads
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped leeks
- 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 cups fish stock or bottled clam juice
- One can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 6 ounces linguiça sausage or hot links cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 20 mussels scrubbed and debearded
- 12 littleneck clams scrubbed
- Four (5-ounce) cod fillets
- Yellow cornmeal
- 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
- Bring wine to simmer in small saucepan. Add saffron. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 15 minutes.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leeks and onion; saute until tender, about 8 minutes. Add garlic; saute 1 minute. Add stock, tomatoes with their juices, oregano and saffron mixture. Simmer 20 minutes. Add sausage, mussels and clams. Cover; boil until shellfish open, about 8 minutes (discard any that do not open).
- Meanwhile, dip 1 side of fish in cornmeal. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add fish, cornmeal side down, and cook until bottom is golden, about 4 minutes. Turn fish over. Ladle 1 cup of soup over. Cover and simmer until fish is just cooked through, about 4 minutes.
- Transfer fish, cornmeal side up, to 4 shallow bowls. Arrange clams, mussels and sausage around fish. Top with remaining soup. Sprinkle with parsley.
Originally published September 10, 2020