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


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