Portuguese Fish stew

Portuguese fish stew (Caldeirada de peixe)

  • serves 6-8
  • A little effort

This Portuguese fish stew contains a mixture of fish including squid, prawns, clams and mussels. It is a low calorie recipe and makes several portions, perfect for sharing with a group of friends or family


Traditionally named for the ceramic pot it’s cooked in (the caldeirada). This is packed with different types of fish and seafood. Mix and match what looks best at the fishmonger.



  • olive oil
  • onions 2, finely chopped
  • red pepper 1, seeded and diced
  • coriander a small bunch
  • red chilli 1 small, seeded and finely chopped
  • garlic 3 cloves, 2 chopped and 1 halved for toasts
  • dry white wine 400ml
  • saffron a pinch
  • bay leaf 1
  • potatoes 300g, peeled and diced
  • plum tomatoes 400g tin
  • skinless firm white fish 600g (use a mixture if you like), cut into large chunks
  • squid 300g, cleaned and sliced
  • raw tiger or tiger prawns 6-8
  • clams 500g, cleaned
  • mussels 500g, cleaned
  • baguette 1, sliced


  • Step 1

    Heat a drizzle of oil in a large, deep-sided frying pan, and fry the onion and pepper on a medium heat until softened but not browned. Finely chop the coriander stalks (keep the leaves for later), and add to the pan with the chilli and chopped garlic. Fry for another few minutes. Add the wine, saffron and bay leaf and let it simmer until reduced by half.

  • Step 2

    Add the potatoes, tomatoes, and 300ml water and bring to a gentle boil. Break up the tomatoes with a spoon on the side of the pan and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are just tender, and the tomatoes have broken down.

  • Step 3

    Season well, then gently push the fish into the sauce, and arrange the squid, prawns, clams and mussels on the surface. Put the lid on and cook for 6-8 minutes until the mussel and clam shells have opened, the prawns are cooked and the fish is flaky. Toast the bread, rub lightly with the halved garlic clove and drizzle with olive oil. Serve the stew scatted with chopped coriander leaves, and the toasts for dunking.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 389
  • Fat 4.4g
  • Saturates 0.8g
  • Carbs 38.2g
  • Sugars 7.8g
  • Fibre 4.1g
  • Protein 38.2g
  • Salt 1.7g