Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Recipe - Steamed Cod Fillets with Chorizo & Butter Bean Stew

Always on the lookout for quick and easy dishes to make when I get home from work, last night I threw this Spanish style, one-pot bean stew together in less than thirty minutes.
  • 300g cod fillet (you can replace the cod with any other firm fish)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced thinly,
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 100g new potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 small chorizo, cut into small cubes
  • 50ml white wine
  • 50ml chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp umami paste
  • 50g frozen peas
  • 1 x 400g tin butter beans, drained
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • small handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped

  1. Heat some olive oil in a heated pan before adding the chorizo and cooking for a couple of minutes. When the oil starts to colour from the chorizo, add the onion, pepper, potato and garlic and cook for a further 3-4 minutes before adding the wine to the pan.
  2. Once the wine has reduced by half, add the smoked & hot smoked paprika and butter beans to the pan. Cook for a further few minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes, umami paste and chicken stock. Stir everything together and cook for another 3-4 minutes. At this point you might want to check for seasoning, before the pan is placed into the oven.
  3. Add the frozen peas into the stew before placing the seasoned cod fillets on top of the contents of the pan. Cover the pan with a lid or some tin foil before placing into a preheated oven 150C for 10-12 minutes.
  4. After this time, the cod should have cooked through. Gently remove the pieces of fish from the pan before stirring through the chopped parsley.
To serve, spoon generous amounts of the stew into a deep bowl then layer the succulently cooked cod on top. Garnish with a sprig of parsley and take to the table with some buttered crusty bread for mopping up the sauce from the stew.
The ingredients that I have listed for the stew would easily feed four people, simply buy a little extra fish for your additional guests.
Quick and easy, tasty and healthy! What more do you need after a long and stressful workday?


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