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Cod and Chorizo Stew

A saucepan filled with a serving of cod and chorizo stew, 2 pita quarters, a dollop of sour cream, and a lemon wedge.
A perfect meal for cold-weather nights. The combination of chorizo, chickpeas, honey, tomatoes, skinless cod fillets, and a handful of curly kale make a filling and impressive stew.
Kirsty Scobie & Fenella Renwick

Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 1 hr
6 servings
676 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil divided
  • 3 ounces Spanish dry-cured chorizo halved and sliced into chunks
  • 1 (7 oz) white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 (5 oz) red bell pepper diced
  • 1 can (14 ounce) chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon store-bought or homemade tomato paste
  • 1 fish bouillon cube crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cans (14 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 4 (1 lb 5 oz | 600 g) skinless cod fillets cut into large chunks
  • 4 (6 oz) handfuls of curly kale sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • 4 small pitas toasted
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 lemon wedges


  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine 1 tablespoon of oil and chorizo. Cook until the chorizo releases its oil, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in onion, garlic, and red pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the drained chickpeas, tomato paste, bouillon cube, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, and honey, and fry for 5 minutes. Stir in the canned tomatoes and simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes more. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the remaining tablespoon of oil. Get the pan nice and hot, then add the pieces of cod, and season with salt and pepper. Sear the fish until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Pour the tomato and chorizo stew into the skillet along with the kale and simmer until the cod flakes apart and the kale is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve with toasted pita, sour cream, and a wedge of lemon.