Fish Stew

Fish Stew - Bandar Abbas Style
Fish Stew – Bandar Abbas Style

This recipe is enough for 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

1 medium sized Onion finely chopped

5 tbls vegetable oil

2 cloves of garlic crushed

1 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp somak

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Pinch of good ground saffron

Pinch of red chilli powder

3 cloves crushed or powdered/ground

2 tbls tomato puree

3 cups / 250 ml cold water

720g skinless and boneless fillets of cod

1 tbls lemon juice

Method

Peel and chop one medium sized onion and peel 2 cloves of garlic.

Fish stew - Chopped onions
Fish stew – Chopped onions

 

Pour 5 table spoons of oil into a large saucepan, (I used a ceramic pot).

Fish stew - fried onions
Fish stew – fried onions

Fry the onions until golden brown in colour.

Fish stew - fried golden brown onions
Fish stew – fried golden brown onions

Add the turmeric and fry with the onions.

Fish stew - tumeric
Fish stew – tumeric
Fish stew - fried onions and turmeric
Fish stew – fried onions and turmeric

Add the rest of the spices; cinnamon, salt, black pepper, chilli, somak, crushed or ground cloves and saffron to the fried onions.

Fish stew - spices
Fish stew – spices

Mix and fry for 15 seconds. Remove from the head and crush 2 garlic cloves and add giving it a good mix.

Fish stew - onions, spices and garlic
Fish stew – onions, spices and garlic

Return to the heat and add 2 tablespoons of tomato puree to the fried onions and fry continuously for 1 minute.

Fish stew - tomato puree
Fish stew – tomato puree
Fish stew - fried onions, spices and tomato puree
Fish stew – fried onions, spices and tomato puree

Add 3 cups / 750 ml of cold water to the fried onion and spice mixture.

Fish stew - water
Fish stew – water

Increase the heat and allow the stew to come to the boil.

Fish stew - water boiling
Fish stew – water boiling

Reduce the heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

Wash the cod and if you have large pieces like I did, cut them into slightly smaller chunks.

Fish stew - fillets of cod
Fish stew – fillets of cod

Place the cod pieces into the stew and allow to boil for 5 minutes.

Fish stew - cod in stew
Fish stew – cod in stew

Once boiled, reduce the heat to low and cover the top. Leave to cook for 45 minutes.

Fish stew - Bandar Abbas style
Fish stew – Bandar Abbas style

Enjoy this fish stew with saffron rice or you could reduce the sauce down and enjoy with Iranian Sangak bread or it tastes just as good with french bread, ciabatta or naan bread.

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