Portuguese Fish Stew

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Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

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For this, use a mixture of fish, choosing from sea bass, sea bream, sole, snook, gray mullet, turbot, red mullet, red grouper, dog fish, and sardines. You can replace any of these fish, as long as none of the substitutes have soft flesh. The sardines are indispensable.


  • 10 lb mixed fresh fish Salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 6


Trim and clean the fish, and salt lightly. Set aside.

Pour the olive oil into a large flameproof casserole (preferably earthenware, although this is not essential). Heat, then add the onions and brown them. Add the garlic, parsley, chilies, and bay leaves, then add the tomatoes and vinegar. Stew for a while, stirring occasionally. Do not allow the ingredients to burn and stick. Pour a l